Oh, the best laid plans! maybe this post needs to be re-named Red Faces. See, I had a plan. It just didn't quite work out.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the very first Red Nose Day here in the UK. It's a fundraiser which needs no explaining at all if you live here, but which can't be put into words if you are anywhere else. It works, though. It raises millions.
I remember the first one: and I know I have a picture somewhere. me wearing that first red nose - hard, plastic, silly. We put them on and walked all the way into town. In pain, because that plastic hurt. But it was better than going to lectures on a Friday afternoon. We took a photo: I'm wearing an 80's sweater, in front of some 80's curtains in an 80's flat with a tiny portable tv. And I've looked everywhere and it has disappeared. The photo, not the tv, which blew up not long after.
So, I've had to leave a space for it on my layout: underneath another flap! Same idea as before, with the journaling under the flap and a cut out "2" this time to lead the way. A comment on my Wednesday page got me thinking about this. The cut out solved the worry about the next generation not knowing to look for more, it noted. And I think that's right...but it did stop me in my tracks, because I have always assumed that any family of mine who look at my albums will be just as inquisitive (nosy, Sian, you mean nosy) as I am. I've always been pretty sure they'll know where to look (so thanks Chipper, for getting me to think right round the subject!). When I say the word "scrapbook", what it conjures up for me is an old-style book: one with pages falling out, with cuttings and postcards and bits stuffed in, with flaps to open and glued in birthday cards..a rainy afternoon find to lose yourself in. Full immersion scrapbooking I think maybe you could call it. With an engaged reader who wants to explore every inch. I guess that's why I decorate my pages too: in the hope that someone will say "There's a bit of my old party dress" or "she used some of this year's wrapping paper on this one". If they want to pull out the page and stroke a bit of lace on it, all the better. A scrapbook always starts with scraps..
..so on this layout I have included the little Red Nose Day leaflet, which can be pulled out to reveal some jokes. It came with this year's nose. And I'm only realising now that a better photo might have been a line of noses. We have quite a collection built up over the years..foam ones, bendy ones, ones to decorate. But that's all in my journaling; and I do have some extra space. I guess I could go back and add another picture. If I can round up the noses. I have a funny feeling some of them went into school today and may never be seen again.
If you are planning on having some Red Nose Day fun today..have a good one!
camera stamp by Amy Tangerine
flair from A Flair for Buttons
red journaling ticket from Pebbles
speech bubbles paper from Pebbles, placed in typewriter and then trimmed