Do people ask you why you scrapbook? Do you ever wonder why you scrapbook? I scrapbook because I love to create, I love to make my fond memories linger, and I love to explore family connections to discover why we are the way we are. My article, “Branches on Our Family Tree” in the May-June 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, is a peek into this process.
It opens with Nicole Larue’s cool illustrations of various characters that many of us may identify with or find familiar. The article goes on to examine quirks that are peculiar to a family member or are shared between generations. Families also share lessons, whether learned from parents or in-laws by their examples and words or from children who remind us what we might have forgotten. Then, of course, there’s genetics that link us to the past and future. Scrapbooking these quirks, lessons, traits, etc. are extremely important to any family history enthusiast. Check out some inspiring pages by Megan Hoeppner, Lori Anderson, Joannie McBride, Grace Tolman, Aly Dosdall and me. Two other reader submissions that caught our eyes were by Nancy Doren and Joodie Klinke.
If the process of recording family history appear daunting to you, start simple. Look at your everyday ways and think why. Here, I started with two simple photos of my kids playing with sidewalk chalks in our yard. I could have scrapped these photos in several other ways, but I thought about why they choose to entertain themselves by drawing so often. The answer to that question was the start of this layout.
I layered bright patterned papers over my blue cardstock and then added the title.
Next, I added my journaling. How you journal your story will mark it from your everyday pages. To give you an idea, my journaling reads: “The two of you come from a long line of people who have led creative lifestyles. Whether actively engaged in some form of art or just living artfully, the root of the creative gene runs deep in our family. I am glad to see it find expressions in you!”
And here’s a little design tip: once my title and journaling were in place, they did not look too grounded. So, I added a thin sticker strip to add a base to them.
Next, I added the photos and attached a few brads in groups to embellish.
Supplies: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View; Patterned paper, sticker strip and brads: Crate Paper; Stickers: Studio Calico; Punch: EK Success; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: 3M.
I hope these ideas inspire you to get started or dig deeper with your family history venture. To make your scrapbooking even easier, Crate Paper has generously offered to give away their Brook Collection to one lucky CK Blog reader. Simply leave a comment on this post below, and we’ll select one lucky winner to win this collection. We’ll announce the winner next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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