Monday, January 30, 2012

Was anyone else in 4-H as a youth?

4-H was big when I was growing up in a small town in Wisconsin.  It was an important part of my life for many years, but unfortunately, I can't think of any photos that I have that would represent that time in my life other than the one in this layout:
The January Studio Calico kit, County Fair, couldn't have been more perfect for this layout.  The blue floral paper from Crate Paper is what made me think of this photo.  It reminded me of the color and pattern of the dress that I was wearing.  I looked over the rest of the kit and the gold cardstock, and the red and the green patterned paper were perfect coordinating colors.  The BasicGrey chipboard ribbon added a perfect touch!  I knew that I had the papers and embellishments for a great page, but I didn't really have any ideas.  I took a peek at the Sunday sketch from Studio Calico, and the page came together quickly after that!

I flipped the sketch on the side and used all stars instead of the circles.  I used much more confetti than there was on the original sketch - it was fun!  
I tried to find a 4-H symbol for the Silhouette, but there wasn't one.  I found one online and I actually figured out how to manipulate it in the Silhouette software to be able to cut it out.  
Journaling reads:

     4-H was such a big part of my life for many years.  I was a member of the Sunnyside Shamrock 4-H group from the time I was eligible to join in 4th grade until I quit sometime in high school when I became too busy with other activities.  I served as President my sophomore year in high school and my mom and Nancy      Graese were the group leaders. 
     The St. Croix County Fair was always the highlight of the year.  I took projects in baking, sewing and for a year or two I showed rabbits.  I spent so much time at the fair!
     Our group had meetings once a month on Sunday nights and then we had a fun event about once a month.  This event was usually going to the sports center in Menomonie to swim or going roller-skating.  We would also go caroling at Christmas time. 
     I have very few photos that would represent the time that I spent in 4-H.  In this photo, I am on the left and Rhonda Aeschliman is in the photo with me.  Rhonda was a classmate of mine.  I don’t remember the event in particular, but we were in some way promoting the dairy industry or possibly the ‘real seal.’
                                    Journaling by Brenda

Have a great week everyone!


  1. I really love this - great take on the sketch. I love your colours here!

  2. I was never in 4H but I always wanted to be -- they got to do such fun things!

  3. Such a great take on the sketch!
    Even though you said it came together quickly, lots of great details.
    Love the typed journaling as well!

  4. Beautiful LO!! Love those sketches

  5. What a fun layout. we didn't have 4-H but all my cousins were in it and loved it!

  6. what a cool layout. I remember 4H!!!!

  7. Loved 4-H, especially the fair! Great page! So glad you at least had this photo. Very cool that you figured out how to create the 4-H symbol!

  8. Brenda - I loved 4-H. I was in for 11 years and the highlights definitely were "showing" my projects at the county fair. I actually won outstanding of the day at the Ohio State Fair for my sewing and cooking projects. Unlike you, I have so many photos just waiting to be scrapbooked. Thanks for sharing this layout - I have so many fond memories and learned skills because of 4-H.