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It’s April! We know April Showers bring May Flowers but this year the flowers and color are coming a little early.  Rebecca here.  A little while back Diane mentioned that she was going to have some guests on the blog.  She had a few technical difficulties like having to change the hosting company twice.  What a deal!  Looks like we’re good to go though and today is my day.  Coming soon are great stories, tips and tricks from Mary about her genealogy journey and Dana will be sharing how she uses her My Memories software to keep her scrapping going.  The first day of the month always brings new store challenges.  We’ll have those linked up and ready for you in a post tomorrow because we wanted to use today to share Diane’s new release, Exuberant Spring.  Blog Freebie and links to bonus freebies are down below.

My grandmother was a special lady.  She wasn’t fancy on most days but she always dressed her best for church on Sunday and most year’s she got a new hat for Easter.   We went to the same church from the time I was born until I was 11.  For as many of those years as I can remember. we sat in the same row, on the same pew, and so did everyone else.  I know I had some Easter hats but I don’t remember any of them.  What I do remember is not being able to see the preacher on Easter Sunday because all of the “old women” had brand new Easter hats and some were VERY big.  Most women had an Easter corsage whether they wore a hat or not.  As I sit here today I can still smell the flowers.  The fragrance filled my nostrils.  The bright, bold colors filled everyone with a feeling of excitement.  The Exuberant Spring collection brought back those memories.  It made me smile.  It made me want to go out and buy a hat.  One thing always leads to another.  It made me want to hunt down a photo of my grandmother in her Easter hat but I couldn’t find one.  I did find one from when she was much younger.  It seems her love of hats was a lifelong love.

~Rebecca

I’m ready to scrap an Easter Hat page now but wouldn’t you know there wasn’t a hat in the kit!  Diane was generous enough to make a sampler for those of us needing a hat to embellish our old photos.  You’ll be able to pick this up as a free sampler tomorrow at the Studio.  It will be absolutely free for a few days so don’t forget to pick up.

Sometimes the best memories are triggered by the most unlikely things.  I hope you’ll pull out some Easter or spring photos and make get them onto a page with the story so future generations will know what it was like when you “were young”.

We would love to hear your Easter stories or see your pages.  If you need a little more inspiration or just a chuckle, Diane has set up a special board on Pinterest for Spring and Easter DIY projects and inspiration.  Even if you’re not a DIY’er, you’ll love the kitten with the fancy hat.

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