Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Pharmacy Tradition

A former school teacher, my grandmother raised her kids then went back to school to become a pharmacist so that she could help out in her husband's drugstore. In 1945 she graduated from Loyola University with that second degree. A scanned and reprinted photo was used for this page, celebrating her graduation.

 

Here are a couple of closeups:


A big circle punch came in handy when creating the page's quilt-inspired decoration. Circles whose edges are folded inward are what make the cathedral window design.


As a footnote to the story, my grandmother was such a wonderful student that she was asked to teach at the school, and did so, eventually teaching her own daughter, my mom. At the time, a photo of the two of them was staged for the school's newspaper. I scrapped it a few years ago:

Now we actually have three generations of pharmacists in the family, as my brother is also a registered pharmacist. I wonder if any of his kids will take to the profession?


10 comments:

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Such a lovely page, Madeline! I love the folded circles and your use of the alphas to make your title.

Mary Pat Siehl said...

what an awesome page- love love the circles at the bottomw!!

emily said...

What an inspirational story....and the folded paper quilt detail is really amazing:)

Christina Collins said...

Gorgeous! Love all the layering, the choice of color, and the paper quilting.

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a great story!
And such a great page and tribute to your grandmother :)

Danielle said...

Lovely photo and a equally beautiful layout! I love the quilting look.

LauraB whosthischick said...

what a wonderful layout. All the embelishments are perfect for a vintage layout...the bottom is great. Great memory too!

Julia said...

Lovely tribute!!

Sue Althouse said...

That's a wonderful story, so glad you've preserved it! Love your colors and that circle technique.

Nathalie said...

Wow! I love everything about this page!!! The amazing paper technique you used on the bottom half, the vintage look and most of all the story behind the page!!! Fantastic!