I was going through a stack of prints the other day and I came across some photos I took during my first year in Nashville.
That was a rough time, for a lot of different reasons. I don’t look back on it with much fondness, so I was tempted to toss the photos away. But something stopped me. And like any dedicated scrapbooker, I created a layout instead.
This commute was one of my hardest adjustments after moving here. It was taking to me to a job I wasn’t happy with, so I had a terrible attitude about it. It seems kind of silly now. I mean, look at the photos. Could there be a prettier place to be driving through? I didn’t know it at the time, but I would be laid off from this job and the commute would be over. That’s when things got a whole lot better!
With the perspective I have now, I know that these photos and this story isn’t really about the commute. It’s about perseverance. It’s about getting to the other side. It’s a reminder that even though things seem horrible right now, this too shall pass.
I’ve always been an advocate of scrapbooking both the good and bad of our lives. My scrapbooks are not just about all the fun times. I also document the adversity and challenges too. I realized as I looked at these photos — if there is value in the lesson, go ahead and document it. Even if the memories are uncomfortable.
More Design Details
- If you have a group of sequential photos like this, consider scrapbooking them in this type of timeline fashion.
- I don’t have to fill in too many details, because the different times across the top expresses the most important point, how long it’s taking to get from Point A to Point B
- Because there are so many photos taking up the space, a page like this does not need a whole lot of embellishing.
- Paper strips across two pages helps to unify the both sides of the layout.
- Bringing in a second color helps break up the long title and makes more interesting.
Do you have any tips for creating layouts about unpleasant memories? Do you go ahead and document them or skip them altogether?
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