This time it is Debbie Brown who is a Senior Sales Executive in the IT Services sector. Here she shares her memories via her scrapbooks.
“Don’t let the word scrap fool you. Though they may seem casual, scrapbooks have been around for a long time and require serious commitment. Mark Twain is said to have devoted his Sunday mornings to updating his.
Modern scrapbooks owe their credit to Alex Haley whose book and subsequent TV series Roots in the 70s caused a spike in interest in tracing genealogy. Then a lady named Marielen Christensen showed off 50 of her volumes at the World Conference on Records in Utah in 1980 and really got the hobby going.
I give credit to my interest in scrapbooks more to Eastman Kodak. From an early age I was our family photographer and I always loved to sit and hear stories about the people in the pictures and look at albums.
When I first found out I was having a baby (my son Kevin, some of you may now know as Carlos Santana - his Spanish name in 7th grade), a friend invited me to a Creative Memories party in Minneapolis, where we lived at the time. I thought I was going to watch her buy everything, and we both ended up with all the fixings.
Of course, I only took 8 weeks off, and had delusions of grandeur that I was going to work full time, and simultaneously compete with Marielen’s huge collection!
I did keep up the baby book up until age 3 with the some basic technology - scissors! It was a labor of love and I hope Carlos Santana appreciates it.
My mom turned 75 this past year and we decided to do a family trip and give her a “your life” scrapbook. I encouraged all family members to send pictures, and write stories on Facebook. I also emailed her high school friends. I started off wondering if many of them even have email accounts. At the end of 3 months, I had an overwhelming amount of stories, pictures, and embellishments! Timely investments in a MacBook Pro with iPhoto and a Canon printer/scanner helped me considerably.
We used the web for layout ideas – many great sites, though my favorite is archivers.com. Michaels also has plenty of merchandise and books. The look on my mom’s face when she went through the pages of her life (like the photo below of her 14th birthday -friends, Cokes and smiles were gift enough back then) and all the stories people wrote was truly priceless- the best gift we could have given her.
I am now on my next project. My in-laws 64th wedding anniversary is this fall. They are de-cluttering their house and were going to throw away their pictures!!! (I asked them for all of them) . We went through some of them together and I wrote down their comments. I am using their comments as subtitles in my new project I hope to give them for their anniversary
This time I am using the Cricut – check out the video below. With this tool, you can cut letters and shapes out of any kind of paper or vellum. The shapes and letters come in different cartridges including ones with Sponge Bob Square Pants and Hello Kitty fonts.
My father-in-law proudly showed off a few photos which inspired the “that’s my bride” page above. My mother in law kept telling me how much she loved a few photos of them tucked away in an envelope. I asked why? She said she wanted her grandchildren and great grandchildren to know that they were young once!-So those two pages are going to be framed for their kitchen wall. I am also working on picking out all their vacation pictures for a scrapbook for their trips they went on since my father-in-law retired (he was a lifer with GE).
Watch out Marielen, I may still beat you!
Everyone who knows me well, knows I love pictures! They tell wonderful stories, and everyone who knows me knows I love stories !! I have enjoyed the pictures and stories in this hobby series and glad I can contribute with my own way of preserving pictures and stories”