Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Simpler Scrapbooking

As I've mentioned, I'm taking the Yesterday + Today class with Ali Edwards at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I'm a little behind, since I was out of town for the majority of October. (Isn't it funny how I can manage to post nearly every day when I'm not home, but can't post at all when I am home? Note to self: post more often before anyone catches on.) Anyway, I haven't done any of the layouts yet (there have been four assignments) and I'm just now reading week 5's handout (new content is posted on Thursdays).

Week Five's lesson is about layouts without photos, a subject I've struggled with. I have done quite a few layouts without pictures, but they all seem to be missing something. Then Ali mentioned something that I thought was pretty cool. She suggested adding something to your album that can go straight into a page protector without any embellishment at all.

Oddly enough, this is something that I already do. I think I started it when Abigail was about a year old and had started drawing. Rather than mounting her drawings on cardstock for a scrapbook layout, I made sure that some were 12x12 (on white cardstock) or 8 1/2 x 11 and I just wrote her name, the date and any important details (what we were doing, if she described her drawing, etc) on the bottom or back and slipped the sheet into a page protector. Then the whole thing goes into her volume in our Library of Memories.

Since then, I've started adding more non-scrapbooked pages to our Library:
  • the 8 1/2 x 11 marketing flier for the last house we lived in
  • a marketing flier for in my hometown (it's a historical neighborhood that has walking tours)
  • weight and height chart from the pediatrician's office
I'm also considering adding a few notes and letters from friends when we were growing up. I may be the only kid in the world who did this who saved nearly every note that was ever sent to me. I've asked several of my childhood friends, and have been told they saved the notes until we were adults and then threw them away. This, of course, means that there are no notes out there that I wrote, but I know that the content of ones I wrote is not that different than the ones I saved.

Periodically, I also print  emails from friends who send exciting news (or just day-to-day chit-chat). Two friends, in particular, sent their birth stories out with pictures of the new baby. Both of the emails got printed, along with a photo or two, and added directly to our People We Love - Friends volume in our Library of Memories. Sometimes I print the email on neutral cardstock and sometimes it's printed directly on copy paper.

I certainly enjoy creative scrapbooking, but I know some people see the creative aspect as a stumbling block. For me, it's more important to honor the words and photos, and do it in the easiest way possible. I hope this has given you a few ideas.

1 comment:

Gennifer said...

I love to do layouts without photos, but I've never thought to just print out e-mails. Thanks!