I’ve got lots of inspiration for layouts in the Book of Me today. First, January 27th is the anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I’ve written before about my mother’s musical talent and being surrounded by music as a child. My mother is a first soprano and as small children, my younger brother and I often accompanied her to voice lessons or choir practice. I think at one point she imagined I would be the perfect pianist to work with her because I was sent to piano lessons at a very young age.
My teacher was a lovely woman who struggled to inspire me to practice daily. With her guidance, I moved through Hanon exercises and lesson books until at long last I was able to attempt familiar pieces from Beethoven and Mozart. I still remember learning Sonata in G.
In 1985, I saw Out of Africa for the first time. I remember very vividly a scene in which the two main characters, Denys and Karen are on safari. Karen tells the story of their trip later in the film with this great line. “He even took the gramophone on safari. Three rifles, supplies for a month, and Mozart.” They place a gramophone in a vast open field. As the gramophone is approached by wild baboons, Denys pulls a string to start the music. As the animals react to Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A, Denys says “Think of it: never a man-made sound…and then Mozart!”
While I often use music as motivation, I think today Mozart has inspired me to create a layout about many years of piano lessons, clunky versions of classics and the many tactics I employed to avoid my daily practice session.
Lewis Carroll also celebrated his birthday on January 27th. As you may have guessed, being a huge Disney fan means I have lots of photos of Carroll’s most famous character, Alice in Wonderland. I’m thinking Close To My Heart’s colorful new Lollydoodle paper collection would be just perfect for pictures of Alice or one of my favorite Magic Kingdom attractions, the Tea Cups! Here is a sneak peek of a layout created with Lollydoodle.
I hope you’ll be inspired to add pages to your own Book of Me today and to create with the whimsical Lollydoodle collection. The new Spring/Summer Idea Book debut is less than a week away. Contact me today to get your copy!