Layouts, Scrapbooking

Old layouts, old photos

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.

1950 Ingrid & Øyvind

My mom and dad :) Best

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.

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  • Reply sharon October 20, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Ingunn, I like the way your style has developed over time and the way you have really found your perfect style and rythm. You have a certain signature style that makes your layouts stand out as yours alone (as in they don’t look like anyone elses!) , and I think that’s great! wish I had a clear vision in my head when I set out to scrap!

    Keep up the good work, and I can’t wait to see what you produce doing this class!!

  • Reply DianeH October 21, 2009 at 3:42 am

    I agree with Sharon! And so hearing your “not-so-good” list; falling letters & paint grrrr.

  • Reply Sylvi October 21, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Ja, det syns jeg virkelig du skal gjøre!! :-)

  • Reply Karin October 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

    The chipboard letters are falling off my pages too. I totally agree that they shouldn’t market them as self-adhesive unless they are actually going to stay attached! Your pages are lovely. Thanks for sharing these. Love the colors too!

  • Reply Solgunn October 21, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Tid for selvransakelse i heimen her også. Vel, jeg kan trøste deg med at hos meg vil flertallet av layoutene være av typen “crap” Jeg gidder ikke engang å ta vare på dem.

  • Reply Tracy October 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I am jealous – can’t wait to see the layouts you make in Ali’s class – at least, hoping you will share some! :)

    PS: I used to cut a lot of silhouettes – you know – all around the edges of the person/thing in the photo – and then cut mats for them. They don’t bother me too much, but I certainly don’t do that anymore! :)

  • Reply Maricel October 31, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Your layouts are so beautiful! You have that certain style that is truly yours. I hope I find mine too. Looking forward for more of your work! =)

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