Memories can evoke a whole gamma of human emotions, and can make us re-live events in our lives… even though they may not always be pleasurable ones.  Photographs, drawings, and writing are a few of the ways in which I like to keep memories, as well as make new ones.  The following is a sampling of the latter.

An Enlightening Moment
Enhanced iPhone Shot
Bella's 52 Photos Project - Gallery 5 {The Light Arrived}
I took the photograph above last Easter weekend when my wife and I took my in-laws to a local wine place.  It's walking distance from our home and has a very neighborly ambiance.  They have a lush and beautiful garden where guests can sit, visit, and listen to local artists play live music.  It's truly an oasis in the middle of the semi-desertic region in which we live in.  When I saw the beautiful cross in their garden standing against the dreamy blues in the sky it was like an enlightening moment regarding the event that my family was about to celebrate the next day… the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Home for Easter
Insert Page
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Art Journal Journey 06/2014 - Houses
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #126
Just Lovely
Photography, Doodling, & Journaling
Try It On Tuesday: Feminine and Fancy
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #135
Jen's In the Studio
Fears to Conquer?
Photography, Zentangle, & More
Inspiration Avenue - Favorite Month
Julie's Art Journal Everyday - Patterns Are Awesome!
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #96
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #93
Manon' Paper Saturdays
The 3 pages above are from one of my new passions and a marvelous way for me to preserve memorable moments, my Smash book.  The first page is actually an insert I put together with tags, ephemera, and a photograph, all of which are related to our home Easter celebration.  The second page is one I put together commemorating my youngest daughter's Senior Prom, which features a tuxedo tag pocket I designed and a poem I wrote for her.  Finally, I have a page I put together to commemorate my oldest daughter's departure to her study abroad, and features a Zentangle Mandala I did for her.

Micron Pen Cartoon & Hand Colored Cards
Julia's Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday #261
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 13 Year 4
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Congrats - Pop Up
Paper Engineering
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Magic
Craftitude Challenge #66 - Pop It Up
Denise, Rodger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - U is for pop-UP
To Lisa
Collage Tag & Matching Envelope
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blog - #33 No Flowers
Collage Obsession - Nature
Virginia's View Challenge - 4 {Tag and Scrapling}
Finally, I have three photographic montages of projects I worked on in preparation for memories to make.  The first set features a cartoon of a graduate I drew, as well as the cards I made using prints of it for some high school graduates.  The layout for the card was loosely inspired by Freshly Made Sketches' FMS#138.  The second set has different views of a graduation pop-up card I made for my youngest daughter, featuring a card mechanism I learned from Michael Jacobs (See my recommendations), my calligraphy, and my cartoon.  The last set features a tag and matching envelope I made for my wife's upcoming birthday, for which I used a food magazine page and other scraps.

I hope you enjoyed my memory inspired projects.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave good wishes for my daughter who's away in Spain, as well as for my humble artistic offerings during my last post.  Blessings!


Virginia L. said…
Hi Arnold! So glad that your found our challenge! You do awesome work with the layout and cards! I love your idea of the magazine paper for the gift pack and tag! It's a perfect way to commemorate the special time/occasion with the family! Thanks so much for joining the fun over Virginia's View Challenge!
Virginia L. said…
Sorry for spelling your name wrong, Arnoldo!
Valerie-Jael said…
Wonderful way to preserve memories, and you have some beautiful gals in your family, that's for sure! Thanks for joining us at TIOT! Valerie
Donna B. said…
Great projects and ways to keep your memories. I love those SMASH books too. I'm currently working on my first one. Love the way you used the scraps on the last projects.
Sandra Wright. said…
Such a great envelope and Tag...loving the collage...
I like that we've managed to come up with a theme that's stretched some folk,lol...surprisingly we've had quite a few entries...
Thank you for joining in with our challenge at Rhedd & Rosies...x
Leslie: said…
Sounds like you are a very loving father to your daughters. If only all daughters were to be that lucky! :D

abcw team
Rajesh said…
Wonderful memories there.
Congrats to you! Love the scrapbooks too to preserve these precious memories! Love them!
Jeannette said…
wow,i love your memories,you have a beautiful gals in your family,of sure.

greetings Jeannette
Tiffany said…
Lovely work, as always, Arnoldo!
Reader Wil said…
Such scrap books are the most precious possessions for us.
Yours are very beautiful.
Thanks for sharing!
Wil, ABCW Team
I must say, I never know how you keep UP with so many memes!

Jez said…
All lovely pieces and inspirational ideas, a good way to keep memories alive. I have been doing something similar on the Music theme for PPP&P. I love the vignetting on your beautifully balanced photograph.
Jez said…
I forgot to say congratulations to your daughter on her trip to Spain, I am sure she will love it and learn a lot.
Leovi said…
Maravilloso el diseño de ese album de fotos familiares!
Barb Cady said…
Lovely memories Arnoldo, your journal pages are beautiful as are the photographs. I remember when one of my daughters left to work in America, it is a hard and 'proudful' moment all in one. The best bit is to come, when she comes home!Best wishes to you all, hugs Barb x
Bee and Dee said…
A lovely journal page, thank you for joining us on the TIOT challenge, hugs Bee
Your art is wonderful, as always, and I can't thank you enough for sharing with us. You are such a blessing and encouragement, and I thank you for being a constant joy to know.
God bless you!
Word Art Wednesday
April said…
As always I enjoyed your art. You are so talented and I love to see all the different types pieces you create. Your family is lovely. And what a cool place to have within walking distance of your home. :-)
April #41
chrissie said…
Beautiful memories and a very nice way to show them

Love Chrissie x
sandra de said…
'Wonderful projects and gorgeous pics of your DD. How lovely to be able to walk to such a lovely spot for peace and tranquility.
sandra de
Chrysalis said…
What lucky girls you have, to have such a loving, generous Dad! They will treasure your art work for ever. I love all the interesting tags, pockets, etc. Great work! Have a good week, Chris WOYWW # 10
Winnie said…
I enjoy my weekly visits with you and your lovely family. Your smash book is very cool, I may have to look into one as it looks fun! Your cards are so nice, and love the graduate! The fun card you made for your wife's birthday will make her day! The claw just grabbed my eye!
Neet said…
I can't find your WOYWW post. been to all your blogs. Ah well, settled here now, what a great idea to have this artwork as a legacy for your girls.
Hugs & Thanks for visiting me earlier - Neet xx
akilli melek said…
thanks for popping over to say hello earlier
I love your smash book. My fav craft is scrapbooking the life of my fearfully and wonderfully made T18 daughter. She is just going into nursery and it is exciting to think that i might be able to have a graduation card for her one day.

caroline (akilli melek)
Oh, my! I would so love to live close to a winery!
Anonymous said…
The cemetary is quite inspiring no wonder you wanted to explore it in photography. Family is everywhere for you which is so wonderful, it is everything isn't it. xox
Faye said…
What a delightful journey through your memory projects, Arnoldo! Your art work and your photos are very well done. Congratulations to your oldest daughter for the study in Spain! What a marvelous opportunity to learn and to enjoy another culture!
I see you too have a daughter who has flown the nest, I hope she has an equally wonderful time studying in Spain as my daughters have had on their exchanges, maybe without the skydiving experience!
I loved looking at your Smash memory projects they are fantastic.
Wren x
GlorV1 said…
First congrats to your daughter. Great opportunity for her. Wow, your work is always heartfelt . I enjoy how you always involve your family. You are a good man. Thanks Arnoldo.
Gillena Cox said…
how lovely to share your memories with us this way; have a nice weekend

much love...
Ariel said…
Such wonderful ways to preserve memories. All your projects are lovely and so personal. I too have a smash book and now I'm inspired to start it.
Wishing you a lovely weekend
Linda Kunsman said…
you always share such a nice variety of creative works Arnoldo. The digital photo is glorious, and I really love how beautifully your smash book pages come together. Thank you for sharing some glimpses of you and your beautiful family.
bellefrogworks said…
It is wonderful to see anyone saving memories in any format. It is especially to see a man; husband, father, friend commemorating the special occasions in life. God has given you his own heart. The photo is beautiful and how timely.
Unknown said…
I recently started a Smash Book too and I'm obsessed with it. Your pages are lovely!
Jen Price said…
I LOVE photographing memories and my kids love looking through scrapbooks.
okienurse said…
awesome post Arnoldo! I loved the photos and journals especially. I too believe that photos and art work can evoke a plethora of emotions in a person and I think sometimes my Mojo goes away because what I am doing doesn't set well with me... I haven't been able to post on Wednesdays for a while and I have missed it! Sorry I am so late getting around! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #62
manomij said…
I love this post very much and I felt for one minute that I was walking with you and your family. You have a wonderful way of engaging with us readers. Thank you for being Paper Saturdays. I always look forward to visit and hear from you!
Netty said…
Lots of beautiful work and memories Arnoldo. Annette x
Bella Cirovic said…
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography and art to {the light arrived}!
Candy C said…
Arnoldo...thank you so much for your comments left on my blog. You inspire me! Your art and your feelings written into each blog post are inspiring. I love your story about your photograph taken at the winery. Seeing the silhouette of the cross among the lush greenery and that besutiful blue sky would have also filled me with so much gratitude for the magnificence of God's creative hand and all that He provides for us. Your smash book recounting your family events and your character drawings in preparation of future events are wonderful, too. <3 Candy
Christine said…
beautiful memory pages, and thanks for the view into that peaceful garden.
So sweet! Such lovely photographs put together. Congratulations to your family!
Debbie said…
What a great way to keep your memories of your daughters! I hope your daughter enjoys her time in Spain.
Victoria said…
Wonderful family beautifully done, very special...gorgeous art , creations and photos..always inspiring!
Kim said…
Always a joy to come see what you have created. Your daughters are very lucky.
Your scrapbook pages are absolutely wonderful, Arnoldo. LOVE those and the memories captured. Also love the zentangle. Utterly cute! :)
It is always such a joy to look through your posts. They are so personal as well as artistic. I love how you highlight the beauties of everyday life with your projects. I was so wow'd by the graduation piece! Such a clever interpretation of our "magic" theme! Great use of dimension and pull-out strategies. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!
I nominated you blog for the Liebster Award! You can read all about it over her:

Love from The Netherlands,
Unknown said…
Looks great. I have always wanted to get around to scrapbooking and collages. I just have all my memories in digital files.
Lisabella Russo said…
What a lovely photograph and your artwork is beautiful and inspired. I love how your family is a part of your art.