Thursday, September 10, 2009

12 Layouts

Ali Edwards posted a challenge a while ago for her readers to list the 12 stories that they most needed to scrapbook. I've been trying to decide on mu list ever since, and this is what I've come up with.

  1. Our wedding
  2. Abigail's birth
  3. 2 (or 3 or 5) pivotal moments in my life
  4. a difficult time in my life and how I lived through it
  5. my coming of age story (I see this more as a puberty thing, not a more adult topic)
  6. a favorite childhood memory
  7. the story of a lifelong friendship
  8. what I believe
  9. what motherhood means to me
  10. our home environment
  11. my parent's home where I grew up
  12. certain relationships and how they've enhanced my life (example - my relationship with my maternal grandma)
I got kind of vague with some of these. I actually had a different list focused more on people I needed to do pages about, then I read an article in the current Creating Keepsakes magazine and realized that it was for more important to document things about me that could be interesting or helpful to Abigail if I wasn't here to tell the stories myself. I'm qualified to tell my own story best.

I have an ongoing project that I started over a year before I got pregnant called a Legacy album or scrapbook. I took a class at a scrapbooking convention in Nashville in 2005 that taught this concept. The teacher's mother passed away when she was very young, so she started this concept for her own children, writing down things about herself that she wished she knew about her own mother. It's a fascinating but occasionally overwhelming project that I think will be beneficial for times when I can't talk to my daughter about some things (cause moms just can't do that). I'm hoping that reading my words won't be the same as listening to me lecture. I can imagine reading something my mama wrote for me being easier for some topics than being in the same room with her (being a teenager is so not fun at times).

What twelve stories do YOU most need to scrapbook?


Cassie said...

I have a whole year of baby stuff that I need to scrapbook. It's so hard to get around to it though when I'm so busy chasing after the kiddo!

Stopping by from BPOTW!

Sandra said...

I do not scrapbook, but I admire those artsy people like you who do!

BPOTW said...

That seems the perfect way to preserve the moments, but it sure does take time and organization to get it done! Good luck!