Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Just Guess: Scrapbooking From a Sketch

So , to go along with the chicken egg timer he gave me for my birthday, Little E had also wrapped a very useful tin of paperclips and elastic bands, a Minions multi colour pen (LOVE that), and sent a card. I love you to the moon and back, it said, and he had signed it himself.

But what Little E couldn't have known was that, just a couple of weeks before, I had been working on a page about the very book from which that now famous phrase has been pulled:

From High In The Sky for Get It Scrapped

Guess How Much I Love You has been a favourite here for a long, long time, ever since Uncle Dave heard that he was going to be an uncle and went straight out and bought me a copy. I read it to the baby before he was born (which, I guess, is as good a way as any for a librarian on maternity leave to spend her time), and I read it again after we met him properly, and then of course to his little sister too, after.

In those days we had no idea of the worldwide fame Guess How Much I Love You would go on to achieve. Then, we thought we had found a little gem by a man who lived just down the road, in its first printing, stacked up high in the local bookshop. But it's still selling in thousands, as it should. If you have come across it, you'll know why. If you have yet to enjoy that pleasure - quick, search out someone small and see if they'll share...


This page was made in response to a sketch challenge at Get It Scrapped. The original design is by the hugely talented Corrie Jones, whose pages I admire very much and you can see how it has been interpreted by other Creative Team members (and download a copy of the sketch)  on the Get It Scrapped blog right here. The stamp is by Gossamer Blue, I cut the black letters with my Slice machine and just for a change I chose a soft blue background. Now, how much am I thinking about a bedtime story right now? Just. Guess.

22 comments:

Karen said...

This is an absolutely fabulous page! I love the stitched rays, the wonderful "Story Time" cow, and all the little embellishments. To say nothing of the journaling, and the fact that we, too, love this book! Our children are now reading it to their children---as it should be.

KraftyKaren said...

Really lovely and a great way of documenting a favourite book

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I love the stitched star burst effect. I didn't discover this book until my two were a little too old, but have gifted it to many smalls over the years.

Maggie said...

Love that book. Emma's baby book and baby album are on the same theme

Sandra said...

Your posts always pull me into your world xx

Lizzy Hill said...

That stamp is a classic! LOOOVE the stitched rays & the smattering of diff stars.... & my favest bit is the little doily peeking out!!!!

Carmen said...

What a beautiful page... and I'm pretty sure you and Little E are linked intuitively. So of course he got you the perfect gift :)

Julia said...

Love love love that stitched star burst. Will have to try that. Yes this is or was a fave in our house too. It's now safely stored in the loft awaiting the arrival of small people to read it too ( probably a good few years off but I couldn't part with it and several others!)

Ruth said...

I'm another who loves the stitched star burst and the cow embellie! Do you want to know something? The Boy Child never really took to Guess How Much I Love You, his favourites when he was small were the Hairy Maclary books.

Patio Postcards said...

Interesting page. I never read or had read to me this story. I am curious so I just might wander to the library to spend an hour or two in their air conditioning reading up on some children's stories.

Jennifer Shaw said...

A beautiful page. Love the stitching and placement of the journaling. I've seen that book but my girls never had it. I'll have to go look at it at the book store. Might find its way onto my children's book shelf.

alexa said...

How wonderful to have a first edition, Sian ... I like your stitching very much and the way it divides up the page. And all those little wooden (?) stars - perfect for your theme and cow/moon :).

Jennie Hart said...

What a great page to showcase a great, great story! How lovely to have a first edition for the generations. I love your stitching and the 'moon and back' embellishment is the bestest deftest touch.

Sandie said...

That is one of my favourite books too Sian, all my three grand daughters had it read to them, over and over. We have little rabbit characters too.
Such beautiful words. And such a beautiful page you have created - the man who wrote the book and lived local would be proud to know his book is so beautifully presented in this way.

Ali said...

Such a sweet post xx

Beverly said...

Love the layout especiallythe storytime cow. Was looking for a peek at you behind the book. I can't wait to share the books my boys loved with future grands but for now am sharing with SmallFrye :)

Melissa said...

Great take on that sketch & how FUN that Little E's card had a quote from that book! (And a Minion pen sounds FUN, too!) I just might use that sketch today as I'm hibernating in my craft room due to the extremely HOT temperatures outside! :)

Becky said...

Great layout and love he stitching on it :)

Barbara Eads said...

You are always so clever with your scrapbook subjects and titles! What a great story! I like the machine stitching in that starburst pattern too!

Jo said...

That has been a favourite book of mine and Sam's since she was little, she's 21 now but we still have to read it every time we see it :) Great page x

Gail said...

The page is lovely Sian! I've heard of that saying before but didn't know that it came from a book - but of course it came from a book, how dumb of me. :)

Monique Liedtke said...

This is so lovely!!! What an adorable page. We've read that book over and over again to our children. Such a wonderful idea to scrap about it. Pinning your page!

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