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Dad’s 60th Scrapbook

This was my first ever paper craft project,
I started it nearly 6 years ago and
it took me about 6 months to do
as I could only work on it at night
once Jayden-Jack was in bed as
he was a tot at the time and
craft knifes and babies are not a good mix. 
Dad at the time I started it didnt want a birthday party
for his 60th and he is a man with no hobbies and a
very simplistic way of life he is very difficult
to get a perfect gift for him.
But I decided to aim to do a scrapbook
60yrs is a longtime and felt I could make a good 
attempt at covering all the major points
in his life with the project.
Anyway here is the pages I done for his book
This is a pic of  our direct family
Front Row – Jordan (My Son) Dad holding Jayden-Jack
(My other Son) Mum holding Jack (My Brother’s Son)
Mirin (My Sister’s Daughter)
Back Row – Laura (My Sister) Eugene (My Brother) and Me
it was taken at Jayden-Jack’s Christening.
This was just wording about the town my dad was conceived in,
My grandparents and their eldest kids
moved from Carndonagh in Ireland in 1947
while my gran was expecting my Dad.
This is just some more information about the town
and some of the landmarks in Carndonagh.
This is my grandparent’s cottage & the path leading to the cottage  
(it is still standing although has been extended and modernized) 
The headstone is my Dad’s grandparents and uncles & cousin.
it is in the local church grounds in Carndonagh.
This is my dad and some of his siblings (he was one of 15
(9 girls & 6 boys)
Front Row – Bridie (A Twin), Eugene (My Dad),
Bernadette, Thomas, Mavie (the other twin)
Back Row – Eileen & Kathleen
Mum and Dad’s page just photos of them through the years
This is the page I made for their wedding photos (I added them later)
Next is my page various photos of me
My Sister Laura’s Page through the years photos
My Brother Eugene’s Page again from childhood to a teenager.
Some of my dad x
Then this is a mix of family photos 
Once again a mix of photos of me and my siblings
Next up was my dad’s visit to bellahouston park to the the pope
when he visited in 1982, this was a huge event in my dad’s life
so had to be part of his book.
My Dad hasnt had the easiest road in life and has
held on to his faith throughout so felt this poem
“footprints in the sand” was poignant and had to be included.
Next up is the 2 eldest grandkids Jordan & Mirin
These were a double page with sunshine holidays and days in the garden etc.
Then we have my brother and his girlfriends page 
Then the babies (then) Jayden-Jack and Jack
I had Jayden-Jack 15 days before my SIL had Jack
They are like chalk and cheese both visually and personality
Some extended family at weddings and parties
And these are close friends of the family
(My dad is also the cowboy in the dressing up one) 
That was me finished his book (so I thought) August
he decided he did want a party, wanted to see his
siblings and family in a happy setting for a wee change
so I made a guestbook for him for his guests to sign.
And this was the cover of his guestbook and all the guests
wrote a wee message for him to keep.
His scrapbook I added another page to, 1 page was of his birthday photos 
Mums house before the party
(Carnage all of us trying to get ready and get kids
ready inbetween running back and forth to the
venue to decorate and cook food)
Dad’s younger Sisters Annemarie and Elizabeth
Friend of the family Alice, her granddaughter and daughter
My dad’s younger brother Thomas, and his BIL’s Tam and Bruno
Dad’s Sister Mavie (well the back of her head)
Maurice her husband, Mavie’s grandson Blair,
Dad’s Neice Aileen, Aileens hubby John and Aileen’s son Sean
Dad’s Nephew Stephen, Dad’s Niece Tanya’s husband
also Steven and Dad’s BIL Bruno
Family Friend Tam, Dad’s BIL Leonard,
Dad’s Niece Julie and Julie’s Daughter Molly
Dad’s nephew ‘s Wife Katie and her kids Orla and Patrick
Family Friends, John, John, Mary and Susan
Family Friends Ellen, Anne and Helen
Dad’s Niece Michelle and her Partner Andrew
Family Friend Kay, her daughter Lauren (holding Jayden-Jack)
and Lauren’s friend
Dad’s Niece Marie and her husband David
Dad’s sisters Mavie & Molly, Dad’s Niece Mina and
Dad’s Niece Doreen’s husband Kenny
Colleagues of my mums, Brian, Lynda and Brian’s wife Sandra
My Dad’s nephews Iain, Stuart and David
Dad’s nephew Stephen’s wife Linzi,
Dad’s Sister Bernadette and Dad’s niece Tanya
Also on the back of that page I had left blank, through the party
we had coloured balloons black, silver and cream 
but behind the buffet table at the front of the hall
we had 7 white balloons all with individual tags on them, 
each balloon representing a direct relation of my dad
who had passed away (both his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers) 
at 10.30pm we  (Me & Ian, Mum, Laura, Eugene and Carol)
took dad out back and said it was time to say goodnight
to some very special guests at that Kim, an adopted
granddaughter to my dad (me and Kim’s mum were
best friends and Kim spent a lot of her childhood in and out
our house and she came on holiday and stuff with us, infact
she is still very much part of the direct family now even though
she is 20yrs old now) came outside with the 7 white balloons and
we explained to dad where they had been and let him read the labels
(the men were white tags with brown satin ribbon
and the ladies were white tags with cream satin ribbon)
they all said Happy Birthday Son/Brother love always
Mum/Dad/ Danny/Jackie/Margaret/Eileen/Kathleen.
then I explained the back page of his scrapbook was for the
tags to get put on.
It was emotional but it was the right thing for us as I know
they were definitely with us all in spirit that night,
and dad enjoyed that wee 10mins to reflect on spending
time with them on such a wonderful day.
Anyway that was my first project and the bug certainly hasnt left me xx
Happy Crafting






Comments on: "Dad’s 60th Scrapbook" (2)

  1. I love your site,thank you.

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