Jenny Larson once again taking you back to school with a very big subject: Social Studies.
This subject area encompasses so many particular subjects, but they all deal with the history and study of people, all of which can inspire your pages. Here's some ideas I came up with:
- History: Scrap important moments in your family's history, visit and scrap famous historical events from your hometown, scrap significant historical events you've lived through, scrap your favorite historical time periods/ones you would like to visit, record important dates from your life.
- Geography: scrap places you tend to visit/have visited/would like to visit, use a map on a page, scrap the weather where you live.
- Sociology: This is the study of human patterns and behavior, particularly in groups, so scrap the groups you or your family belongs to and their behaviors, language, and beliefs. Think about the ways you interact with groups you do not belong to: do you volunteer? Do you travel? Explore similarities and differences.
- Psychology: This is the study of the individual, so explore your personality--your could even scrap your Myers Briggs type!--your fears, your obsessions, and your quirks.
- Government and Politics: I know this can be a dirty word for some today, but think about the ways you have participated in government and politics and scrap them if you haven't.
- Economics: What are your beliefs about money? How do you economize? Do you run your family budget? How do you teach others about money?
- Pop Culture: I include this subject because it is a popular (pun intended) course taught in my school. Think about the parts of pop culture from your childhood that were important to you in childhood (*cough* Shaun Cassidy!) and scrap them. How about now: what movies/music/TV shows/fashion/games do you love? How about your family members?
Here's some projects to give you more ideas from the subject of Social Studies:
Maps are maybe the easiest way to be inspired by Social Studies is to use a map. I'm not too literal--if I am documenting a place, I use map paper, like I did in this layout. It doesn't have to be a map of the actual place.
I love how Sue Althouse used a map not just as decoration but to journal the route of her trip. Brilliant.
I have a lot of landmarks nears where I live--cherry in a spoon, anyone?--but I rarely document them. Heck, I am an English teacher, and St. Paul is bejeweled with landmarks to F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I have never documented the landmarks in the state I live in. I should. Christine Newman's landmark layout reminds me of the importance of documenting our places.
Aliza Deutsch shares historic places on a page as well, but this time pairing them with a person--her husband--linking the past to today. Such a great idea.
Aliza also scraps the opportunity to see an important historical document, the Bill of Rights. This gives me so many ideas--even though I haven't seen many important historical documents (the Bill of Rights, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio, King's Letter from Birmingham Jail), I can still scrap the impact they have had on me and the world.
Documenting trends is documenting history. Documenting disappearing trends is a part of growing up (or growing old? Sigh). Inspired by this typewriter sticker (remember what those machines were?), I made a general observation of how times have changed. If you need further inspiration of how much times have changed, read the Beloit College Mindset List, which they update every year. Here's 2013. Big sigh.
Here's where I delve into psychology: I scrapped my biggest fears, which are mostly spiders and heights and people breathing on my face. This spread is in a mini book where I documented a word a day online with some friends. When I shared this spread with them, I got some serious street cred for taking a close up photo of a spider.
I hope you have lots of ideas for subjects to scrap that take inspiration from social studies! PLease share your own ideas in the comment section.