I’m taking Ali Edwards‘ class, Yesterday and Today, over at Big Picture Scrapbooking, and I am really loving it so far – sorting and scanning old photos, thinking about stories I want to tell from when I was growing up (back in the days of yore).
Part of the process was to go through my old scrapbook pages to see whether my “storytelling” was up to snuff. While doing that, I pulled out these pages to put in the Yesterday & Today album. They’re all strangely coordinated – maybe I should keep the green/brown/beige thing going throughout the album? Meh, that might get boring.
Good things I found when going through my pages:
– lots of journaling, whether short or long. I especially liked the ones where I wrote like I talk and it felt like my personality (as annoying as it may be) came through.
– layouts with multiple photos, simple design – keeping embellishments as accents and focusing on the words and the photos.
– white space! The layouts that had some breathing room were my favorites.
Not-so-good things I found:
– most of my earliest pages didn’t have any journaling, not even a little note about the time, place or people in the photos. I used to think I would always remember those things, but now I can’t even recall the names of the people I went to high school with. How sad is that, by the way?
– a whole bunch of “purposeless” layouts that were more about using a photo I thought was cool than actually documenting what was going on in our lives.
– I want to make more mini albums, more pages about our families, more pages about everyday life – not just about hiking…
– I love enlarging my photos, but sometimes they’re just too big. It’s better to have some white space around a smaller photo and let it breathe.
– chipboard letters that have fallen off since I made the layout. This drives me nuts – don’t market it as self-adhesive if it can’t even stick to a piece of paper for a year!!
– writing the full journaling in my handwriting (little snippets are ok) – it’s not just ugly, it’s totally illegible. A couple of days ago we were (privately) making fun of a car salesman’s handwriting (because he was a loathsome, lying swine of a human being who deserves to be mocked), and I realized I am not in any position to make fun of other people’s scribbles. But at least my handwriting doesn’t look like a second grader’s. Unless it’s a really, really drunk second grader.
– layouts with paint, inking and various other attempts at being “artsy”, which clearly I am not. I’ll stick to my simple style.