Happy New Year, everyone! It’s Aliza here all week long to talk about “stuff.” You know, things, objects, items. More specifically, scrapbooking about the things in your life that have stories attached to them. In life, there is stuff that we need, all the things we want, the things cluttering up our space (some of which we want or need). Mixed in with all of that, are the things that have meaning; the things that remind us of times, places and people; things that we just love and fill us with joy on a regular basis; things that tell about the people who own them; things that affect how we function everyday (technology, I mean you).
Overview of the Week
So the week will look a little something like this:
Monday - things from the past
Tuesday - things about you (and maybe a spouse) right now
Wednesday - all about the young’uns and their objects of love, obsession, and play
Thursday - technology gets a whole day of its very own, because, well.. I bet you can figure out why.
Friday - spaces and places we hold near and dear
So, without further ado...
Things from the Past
Holidays often bring up memories and associations with the past, but sometimes what sparks that memory, is a simple object that conjures up images, sights, smells and sounds of people and places of yesteryear.
This layout is about Passover, and how making Charoset for the Seder reminds me of my grandmother. But, the thing that really sparks that memory, is the chopper that she used, and that I still use today.
Here's a layout about another everyday object from my childhood- the couch we had in our den growing up. I wasn’t having any particularly nostalgic feelings about that couch, but then I caught my parents talking wistfully about it. I guess the feeling was catchy, or, I ended up scrapping their feelings in this layout. I’m glad I did, because now I feel like I have captured a little piece of my childhood home.
Then and Now
One way to find stories about objects from the past, is to find connections to your life today. Sue did that here in this layout about two bikes she received as gifts from her parents: one as a child, one as an adult. How amazing that she has photos from both times!
So have a look through your home, or through your old photos, and you might be surprised where you find stories appearing. Stories about you before, or stories about those that came before you.
Then tell those stories.