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Santa Monica 1955

Santa Monica 1955

Journaling reads:

Santa Monica Beach, June 1955.

I was three years old, enjoying the water, holding Mommy and Daddy's hands. The date is significant. When you look at the photos, you don't see unhappy people. It's just a young family enjoying a day at the beach. But two months later my father would get in the family car, a red and white Pontiac, drive to work, and never come home again. He left my mother to raise two little girls by herself. With little education, and no family nearby, Mom returned to West Virginia and family to raise my sister and me. That day at the beach was my last for many years. I would be a wife and mother of a teen and a tween before I would again dip my toes in the ocean or walk on a beach. Then it would be on the Gulf Coast, and not the Pacific Ocean. It would be even longer before I would see my father again. But on that day in June of 1955, I had no idea that Daddy was fading out of my life, and soon even the word "daddy" would become an unused word in my vocabulary. When he left, he completely left.

Kits used:

Queen Bee: 50's Beach Party

Jensen Motley Crew Designs (JMCD Dreamy Days

donakat: On the Road

Template: Big Photos Templates 2 by Janet B

Linda Renee

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Registered: April 2008
Location: Southern USA
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Date: Tue September 17, 2013
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theStudio Designer
OMG!!! What a sad story ... I imagine this was probably quite hard for you, but you have created an amazing layout that truly tells your story.
#1 Tue September 17, 2013 18:46


theStudio Designer
Oh, my heart breaks for you and the little girl in that photo! How very courageous of you to share your story. It's a marvelous page, and I love your fading effect with repeating the photo.
#2 Tue September 17, 2013 19:40


theStudio Scribbler
What a breathtaking page. The layout and photo effects are beautiful; the story very sad. I'm so sorry for the void left by your daddy walking away when you were a little girl. I agree with Jill. This is an amazing layout.
#3 Tue September 17, 2013 19:56


theStudio Warhol
oh man, oh man. Great documentation and wonderful layout.
#4 Tue September 17, 2013 22:59

Linda Renee

theStudio Monet
I sense that this LO is difficult for some. Please don't feel sorry for me. I've always looked at scrapping as a way to preserve all memories, whether they are pleasant or uncomfortable. The story is almost 60 years old now, and I forgave my father years ago. I look at those pictures now with a hint of sadness, but no anger. It's what was and cannot be changed. He's made a lot more bad choices since, and has had a sorry life as a result. While it wasn't easy to be without a father growing up, my life was fairly stable without him.
#5 Wed September 18, 2013 09:30


theStudio Monet
Thanks for sharing Linda!! Beautiful LO! I too like the repeating faded photo in the background.
#6 Wed September 18, 2013 10:18


theStudio Picasso
Loved the way you layered your photo in the background. Very touching story.
#7 Wed September 18, 2013 12:20


the Studio CT
What a beautiful page and though the story is sad, I too believe that you can scrap the good and the bad so as to preserve the memories. I have some demons of my own I am struggling with how to scrap, you have given me inspiration to try again. Thank you!
#8 Wed September 18, 2013 13:45


theStudio Artist
Love your photo treatment on the big photo.
#9 Wed September 18, 2013 18:02


theStudio Artist
Your journaling is beautiful! Love this.
#10 Wed September 18, 2013 19:42


theStudio Picasso
Good for you dealing with it and not letting it ruin your life (and I'm sure your mom/family had a hand it that)! I also love how you repeated the photo ... very clever.
#11 Wed September 18, 2013 21:07


Chit Cat
What a charming page. Just fantastic. Love it.
#12 Thu September 19, 2013 09:54


theStudio Warhol
Great page. I love the nostalgic feel to it and love the colors you chose to compliment the photos. Nice work.
#13 Fri September 20, 2013 11:54


theStudio Designer
Love all the color in the elements you chose, great job!

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