Thank you Anne for the items I won on your 'Pretty' Blog Giveaway recently. There were loads of things in the package when it arrived including an acetate photo-wrap with 'dream BIG' printed onto it. That item inspired this page.
My younger daughter, Karen, recently won an award from her college in Brighton. Unfortunately the only record of the event I have is a blurred photo of her with the award. This was one time when I had to use a single photo on a 12x12 layout! Also I needed a busy page to draw the eye away from studying the photo in too much detail!! Blue and brown are two of Karen's favourite colours, hence the choice of colour-scheme. I have hidden some journaling in the file folder beneath the photo, which says: 'You've applied to Bournemouth University to do a Media degree. Remember, the future belongs to those who believe in their dreams. Dream big.' I love including quotations and just had to use an appropriate one here as well.
This year has been an eventful one for Karen. She turned eighteen in February and a few days later took her first ever aeroplane flight -- to Los Angeles, USA -- on a college media trip (they never had school trips like that in my day).
Then in July she spent ten days at the Giffoni Film Festival near Salerno in Italy. She came back last week with 4 kilos of pasta in her suitcase, a gift from the host family she stayed with! Very much appreciated as we love Italian food.
I'm not quite so jealous of her Italian trip as I went there myself years ago before I married. I visited Salerno, Rome and Pompeii. It is my ambition to return to Rome someday. It is truly a beautiful city, full of colour and history, and friendly Italians.