Pen Pals | Multi-page Scrapbook Layout

This was a fun page to create! It’s been in my “unfinished” project file for about a year now. It’s about time I finally got around to it.

I’m a big fan of incorporating ephemera and memorabilia on my layouts. I used to do it more often but Project Life has become the keeper of such things so I don’t include as many extras on my traditional pages anymore. But this layout was an exception.

My friend Debbie and I were introduced back in 1986 (how is it even possible it’s been that long????) through Tiger Beat magazine. We were both fans of Duran Duran and that was one of the places to find fan info. I was in Spokane, WA and she was in Joshua, TX and we became pen pals. I have other layouts in my albums of our adventures, but this page is about how we met and how our friendship has endured.

I knew this was going to be a multi-page layout as I had quite a bit to document. I already had the photos printed and after pushing them around the page for 20 minutes decided nothing was working.

Enter the divided page protector. It was the perfect solution. The photos could be showcased on their own, there are slots for pretty paper — from Echo Park’s Sweet Day collection — and a few embellishments. (Sorry for the plastic glare!)

Here, I created a very quick and simple mini album to include extra photos, including my first stop at a Hard Rock cafe. Oh how happy I was to go to my first Hard Rock! Such a fun memory.

Yes, of course I still have tons of Duran Duran stuff from every Tiger Beat and Bop magazine I ever purchased. I have collected and saved things my entire life. Debbie is also responsible for my scrapbooking addiction – for which I will be forever grateful! Just wish we could have gone to a Duran Duran concert together at some point. How fun would that have been?

I went through my stash of saved letters and was able to find one from each address – from Spokane to Bellingham (WA) to Beverly Hills (FL) to Orlando to Franklin (TN) back to Orlando. Such a history! I created a vellum pocket to hold them and stitched around the outside edge to hold it together.

And here’s how it looks in the album.

When was the last time you documented a lifelong friendship?

Thanks for stopping by today!

17 Comments

  1. This is wonderful, Tammy! So many memories and such a great way to store all of your memorabilia. I love it (and the 80s hair too, LOL). 🙂

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    • I know…so hard to live down the 80’s hair. And I had me some BIG hair back in the day. LOL

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  2. I LOVE this! Such a great page!
    And I am just smiling because I was a HUGE DD fan and literally had my room wallpapered in their photos.
    And I also found a pen pal through Tiger Beat magazine, but we did not become life long friends (LOL) Too different except for our DD love.
    Great post, Tammy!

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    • So glad to know I wasn’t the only one with the poster wallpaper. I think I have a photo somewhere of my Duran Duran walls when I was growing up. That is just too funny that you found a pen pal the same way. Could have been the same post! You never know……. 🙂

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  3. So glad you created these pages to always remember those memories!

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  4. Wow, Tammy, this multi-page layout turned out great & you’ve incorporated so much into it!

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  5. Really fun page and love the vellum pocket for the envelopes. I loved Duran Duran too and love your story 🙂

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    • Thank you! Kind of makes me want to drag out other Duran Duran stuff because I’m not sure I have adequately documented that love….. One of these days! 🙂

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  6. I really miss pen pals – makes me think I need to write to a friend soon! I love writing to people. I’ve never documented any of my pen pal relationships. I need to!

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  7. Great way to mix page protectors. I am also adding PL protectors opposite my normal 12×12 when I have lots of photos. Great pages

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  8. Tammy! This is fantastic!!!! I love what you did 🙂

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  9. This is awesome! Thank you for doing this 🙂 It turned out really nice. Love the mini album. It brought back many memories. I forgot about the stock yard Christmas photo. I remember the haunted house experience we had. The Duran Duran concert would have been really cool.

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  10. Wow, this completely rocks (pun intended). What a great way to put together a multipage spread. Love the details!

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  11. Now that is truly scrapbooking! So creative and heartfelt. Tiger Beat magazine – now that is a blast from the past!

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  12. Oh my gosh Tammy, this is SO cool! I love that you saved all of this stuff. It looks fantastic 🙂

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  13. this is so awesome!! totally love it!

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  14. I’m looking for new penpals who do scrapbooking. Any ideas on how to find them? I am in a group of ladies who make and swap little friendship books with punchout art designs and we are looking for new members too

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