Things of sentimental value are great items to scrapbook. Whether you include a photo along with it or not, it doesn’t matter as long as the story is there.
Over the course of our lives, we come across so many things that trigger memories. Something as simple as a bowl of candy, a type of donut, a tea cup, quilt or maybe a building or location. For everyone else that candy is just that but for you that bowl of candy brings back a rush of memories. Have you recorded those memories?
Here are some ideas:
- Did your Grandma collect buttons? Include some of those buttons on a layout.
- Do you associate a food with someone? Take a photo of that food or include the recipe on a layout and share how it makes you feel or the memories that come back when you eat/make it.
- Did your child have a special blanket? Include a piece of it on a layout.
- Does your family have a favourite game? Include game pieces on your layout.
- Was Girl Guides or Boy Scouts a big part of your life? Include your scarf or badges on a layout.
- Do you associate a specific car with someone you love? Scrapbook that.
Most of those memories are good but what do you do with the not so good memories? Do you only tell those stories? It’s ok to include those in your scrapbooks as well. It can be quite therapeutic to tell them.
It’s important for our kids and grandkids to see that life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. Life is hard. It was hard for you and will be hard for them. Hearing that you’ve been through challenges and how you dealt with them can help them get through their own. So document that hospital bracelet, that photo of your car after an accident, the divorce papers, the hail damage on your car. Whatever it is, tell the good stories along with the bad.
Todays inspiration is a layout I did years ago with a couple of my Grandmother’s recipes. These are some of my Dads favourite recipes of hers. You can find another recipe that I documented that was hand written out by my maternal grandmother here. I loved the donuts she made. I keep meaning to attempt them and then take a photo and add it. But until then, it will remain blank.
Have a creative day!