For my third layout in my seasonal photo series, I wanted to share another journaling trick that works great with photos you may or may not know all the details about.
Most of you probably know that I have two nephews. I don’t have children of my own (yet) but I do love to create layouts with these boys. My sister-in-law takes tons of photos and she shares them with me freely. But when I go to scrapbook them: 1). I don’t know the details about where they are, why they are there, what’s going on, etc… and 2). I’m not scrapbooking my nephews to document their lives, I’m doing it because I want to create fun layouts.
Why is this important? Not every layout we create has to be a puzzle piece that fits perfectly into our family album. It’s OK to create a layout for fun. If I didn’t have photos of my nephews in their Halloween costumes, I wouldn’t have much of a reason to add to the Halloween section of my album. Yet, when I do have these costume photos, I don’t have the details to tell the real stories. So what’s an Aunt to do?
Then & Now to the rescue.
Rather than call my sister-in-law to see if she remembers details from Halloween in 2005 and 2010, I just looked at the photos and went with my instinct. By putting two photos that are five years apart on the same layout, you can take the focus away from the details about each individual photo and instead talk about what’s changed and what has stayed the same. I know just by looking at the photos that the little boys from five years ago are quickly turning into pre-teens and their costume selections show it!
This works well for me because my goal is not to “document” Halloween for my nephews (i.e. why they chose their costumes, who they went trick-or-treating with, and all the other details a Mom would want to include). I just want a fun Halloween page for my album.
This same strategy could work for cousin or family reunion photos that you want to scrapbook but just don’t feel compelled to share a deeper story. Take two photos that are several years apart and include some of the same people and see what you can come up with!
Other: American Crafts Boo collection paper, Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween journaling card, Making Memories journaling spots, 7 Gypsies 97% Halloween stickers, paper clip.
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