Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Big Box

I'm sure I'm not the only one who, as a child (or even as an adult!), has spotted a BIG box under the Christmas tree and secretly (or not so secretly!) hoped that it's for them. Well, one year, that big box WAS for me :) And while my delight was tempered slightly by the fact it was also, jointly, for The Brother, it was still pretty darn exciting to unwrap what turned out to be our first computer... Many happy hours of gaming and programming on that Atari lay ahead of us! But somehow, I've never managed to get that story told.

Until now, that is!

It doesn't matter that I don't have any photos to commemorate the occasion. It's the memory that I want to record. It's written on the tag that's tucked behind that big box on the right. And now it's in my album, hooray! :)

Basic Grey papers wrapped round scraps of cardstock for the gifts; a Papermania swirl stamped in green for the tree; Sonburn Design chipboard buttons and scraps of ribbon for the baubles; Thickers for the title...

This post was brought to you by Shimelle's challenge to document a holiday memory that was hitherto missing from my albums

22 comments:

Bunnyfreak said...

I remember the atari. Scarey how are phones probably have better computer, but ataris sure were fun.

Scribble Monster said...

We had an Amstrad :)

Great layout Mel. I love the idea of the swirl/flourish stamp being made to represent the tree.

Cheri said...

excellent layout to commemorate a memory without a photo!

mjmaterazo said...

great story & awesome layout to go with it. well done!

Malin/malwa said...

Awesome layout, Mel! Love the "tree"! Love the x-mas presents! Love just everything about it. :)

Lizzie said...

Oh how I like this page! Such simple things, but such a great effect. The swirl stamp tree is so clever and the "presents" are lovely. I also love the button baubles. All very clever, Mel!
The story is great too.
I remember a long, thin parcel under the tree one year. It was for me, from my aunt & uncle. I was convinced it was a painter's easel (which I really wanted). It was not, of course - it was one of those clear umbrellas, which were so in fashion in the mid-70's (Auntie was very trendy and right-on!). I loved it, but there was still that odd disappointment about the easel. I never did have one, until years later, when I bought my own!
Great page - and it made me remember my own should-be-scrapped story!

BTW, did you get my e-mail about the Weekend away? If not, please let me know and I'll resend it - I had some problems with a returned e-mail from your address.

ScrappinLita said...

Love this layout for its beauty, and the telling of a precious memory. I have a few of those stories just waiting to be told. Scraplifting you! Thanks for the inspiration.

Beverly said...

Love the swirl stamp as the tree and th ornamnets you used. We had an Atari but my sister used it way more than I ever did.

Mary B said...

I love that tree and the baubles made of buttons what a brilliant idea

Amy said...

Okay, shamefully I will admit that it is the sight of a 'smaller' box which would excite me .... but, if it looked like the size of a camera lens, that would be wonderful!

Alison said...

Love how you used the stamped flourishes...very creative!
Alison xx

Alison said...

Love how you used the stamped flourishes...very creative!
Alison xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I remember getting an Atari for Christmas1 Great layout!

The Mann Fam said...

How wonderful that you have that memory recorded. Love, Love, Love how you used the flourish stamp to portray the Christmas boughs. Very clever, you are! xx

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Great idea to represent the tree with those swirl stamps. Very creative.
We had a Vic 20!

Emily said...

Love the story.... we had an atari... my parents actually still have it! It is fun to pull out and play on occasion. Fantastic layout!!!

Dawn said...

Fabulous page, love how you've use the swirl stamp to make the tree, I think I've got one similar lurking somewhere never used so something I'm going to try!

Sian said...

Oh, yes! That first computer. About all ours did was play tetris as far as I can remember. Mind you, I'm not knocking tetris - I love it!

Kirsty.a said...

You've reminded me of a similar, but more disappointing story. Now, how to remember it when Shimelle sets the 'Tale of 2 Christmasses' prompt?

Ginger said...

Hey Mel :) i love that you made this layout without a photo, I think it shows us how it can be done and you did a great job. I really need to give this challenge a go sometime :)

Karen said...

This has to be one of the best "no photo" layouts I've ever seen! Love it!

Gail said...

Love the layout. It's hard doing a layout with out a picture and you've done a super job of it. Great idea using that swirl stamp.