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I was fourteen, and we'd gone into the gas station for drinks, but the gas station attendent (remember those?) was still checking the oil and cleaning the windshield on our old Ford Torino, so my mom and I sat in the car. I'm not sure what sparked the conversation, but somehow we started talking about my dad, and my mother's choices, and the regrets she had. It was a disquieting conversation, and an illuminating one; I understood my mother a little bit better afterwards, but myself and where I stood in the world much less. Nearly three decades later, I can only remember verbatim one sentence of the conversation—but I am still puzzling and considering it.
Some conversations are like that. They change something, maybe: how we see the people we spoke with, or how we see ourselves. Some fundamental knowledge of the world is gained or altered. Or maybe we just remember how much we love that person, or why. We might not remember the actual, literal words for the rest of our lives—but we remember how the words made us feel.
And that's the topic I'm hoping you'll consider for this month's Write Saturday: important conversations.
I love layouts that record the things our people say. I just made one, in fact, with a collection of the funny, sweet, and ridiculously awww-inspiring things my 8-year-old has said in the last six months. The story that brought him to say "I don't want to grow up because grown-up movies are boring" is one of my favorites!
But I don't mean that kind of conversation-based journaling.
Instead, try remembering the way conversations have influenced you. Or influenced one of the people you scrapbook for. Maybe it was a conversation you never even heard—between your child and a teacher, maybe; your husband and a doctor, your mom and her friend.
Why write about conversations? I think quite often they are the things that change us. They can change the path of a relationship or our understanding of how the world works. They can help us see each other in a clearer light, or maybe they can do the opposite—leave us baffled. (That's memorable, too.) They are the way we connect with each other, but we can't ever rewind and listen to the words. We just know how they influence us.
This is the kind of layout that starts with a story instead of a picture or a supply. Maybe you don't even have a picture that connects, exactly, to the conversation. That's OK of course—find one that is sort-of close, or related somehow. Or just make a layout with the story and no photo at all! When you write about a conversation, you have to include some of the surrounding details—where it happened, who was involved, how the talk got started. That is how you tell a story about a conversation. All that's left to write is your words about the impact it had.
I made two layouts with journaling about conversations I'll always remember. The first one happened last year on Easter, when my family all gathered at my mom's. The little kids were playing (and eating the candy they'd hunted for!) while the adults and teenagers gathered around the desserts. We started talking—and a long time later (and plenty of cake!), we stopped. It was the first time my Bigs were listening to the grown-ups talk, and there were some surprises for them, and a few disclosed secrets. I think it was a conversation they'll remember, and I know I will, so it felt important to write it down:
The second is more about talking in general, with my teenage daughter who at the time of the picture was right in the middle of the "I talk to my mom the least amount possible" phase of adolescence. (I hope I'm not the only one who's experienced this!)
But while we were running on the beach together during a vacation, we talked. Not about anything big. But enough to reconnect. Enough for me to (hopefully) communicate my affection for her, and enough that I remembered it won't always be this hard.
When I finished this layout I wondered: is this about her? or about me? I guess it doesn't really matter though. Conversations are like that—about everyone involved.
Have you ever journaled about important conversations? Let me know!
It's here! Our first give.away.day. of this year's March Mini Madness. We begin with Pixels and Company, the sponsor of our week. This week, one of you will receive Karla Dudley's Good Stuff kit and the add on kit.
Just think of everything you could create with this kit! Four minis, at least, no? :)
(And if you think, but I'm not digital, comment anyway. We promise to help you use it!)
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Hello! Francine here for day 4 of our Pixels & Co. Mini Madness week. I really loved Marnie's, Laura's and Carey's Albums and got some great ideas!
Karla Dudley's digital kit, The Good Stuff with add-ons are so very versatile, that I was able to use it even though my mini isn't about family life! I recently noticed a trend in my Instagram photos: lots of pics of me looking down at my feet, and I wanted to compile them all into a mini.
I used two 3x4 cards for the background, then added the title and some embellishments.
I decided to use the same page base throughout the entire mini, all I would change would be the photo and embellishments.
I used one patterned paper and one 3x4 card for the background, then added the wooden arrows, photo corner, journaling card and button flair. I chose this button because it has both an arrow, a heart and a geotag all symbols that I love. I'm very much into using symbolism on my pages! As you can see I carried some of the elements from the cover into the pages.
Here are the inside pages (I should say some of them because I thought I only had feet photos dating back to October, but found quite a bunch going back to a year ago!)
I kept my journaling simple, using the captions directly from Instagram.
Sometimes I got my son involved. This was a lot more complicated than it seems. It's hard to get a four year old to stand still long enough for feet photos!
I'm planning to get this mini printed out as a photo book, but I also love Laura's idea of making an album for her phone, so I will also keep a digital version for us to look through on my Kindle.
Thanks to Pixels & Company and Karla Dudley! This is a really great kit!
Hey, it's Carey here! I'm thrilled to participate in my first March Mini Madness! This week, each of us is sharing a mini album made using the same digital kit from Pixels and Company, and I'm loving the inspiration shared so far. I had the pleasure of working with The Good Stuff and The Good Stuff Add-Ons designed by Karla Dudley. These coordinating kits are so versatile - great for layouts of everyday photos, family, friends or even objects that catch your eye. Plus, they were created by one of my favorite designers, Karla Dudley. I especially love Karla's brushes, handwritten word art and, of course, flair buttons!
For my mini album, I wanted to capture 10 things about my son while he's 10 years old. I wasn't sure if I wanted to bind the pages together for an album, or if I wanted to add the pages to my Project Life album. The great things about digital scrapbooking is that I could create one album and print it twice to create both options!
Because I also wanted to use the pages in my Project Life album, my size choices were limited to 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" (really 2.88" x 4" in the Project Life brand pocket pages). I decided to go with 2.88" x 4" for the album pages.
For the cover page, I knew I had to use the wood grain paper from the kit! I also added the "10" die cut from another kit by Karla Dudley.
For the internal pages, I chose to follow a similar format for each page to provide cohesion to the album and to allow for quick assembly. I repeated the same background paper, used a single photo and paper strip, and then added washi tape, flair buttons and word strips to embellish each.
Pages 1 and 2:
Pages 3 and 4:
Pages 5 and 6:
Pages 7 and 8:
Pages 9 and 10:
Project Life Insert
With ten pages and a cover, I decided Design F would be the perfect fit to use in my Project Life album.
The 4" x 6" slot will be for my title card, which I modified from the 3" x 4" version.
The remaining pages I kept at 2.88" x 4" to fill the remaining ten slots.
Interested in capturing similar information about a child or even yourself? Here's the list I used:
1. Favorite TV show
2. Favorite book
3. Last movie you saw in the theater
4. Favorite food
5. Favorite dessert
6. Favorite subject in school
7. Currently playing
8. Favorite toy
9. Best friends
10. Favorite things to say.
Quizzes like this are a great way to capture your or your loved one's interests right now and are fun to see progression over time when asked of children each year or at various milestones.
I love having one album two ways! This illustrates that no matter what your scrapbooking style or method is, you can have fun creating a mini album and incorporate it into your scrapbook library.
Thanks again to Pixels and Company for a great kit!
Hello! It's Marnie Flores here with day 2 of our Pixels & Co. Mini Madness week. I loved loved loved Laura's nifty minialbum with its crossover status as a phone album. I hope that mine will inspire you as much as hers did me!
I, too, began with Karla Dudley's digital kit, The Good Stuff and the add-ons designed by Karla Dudley. I loved the colors and the graphic style.
As I looked at the kit to find a starting place, I first looked to the colors. We had taken some family pics in the fall that I thought would look great with the colors in the kit. (And the word strips are fun and a bit over the top--much like my crazy family--so family photos were a great fit that way as well!)
2. PAGE PATTERN
Next, I studied the embellishments to figure out how I wanted to put an album together. If you have followed our mini months, you might remember that I like to build my albums according to a pattern.
For this album, I decided to create each page with a photo, a journaling card, a bit of flair, and a wordstrip. Once I had the journaling card and the photos, the layout sort of fell out.
3. BUILDING THE INNER PAGES
I didn't plan a particular number of pages, (sometimes I build pages and find photos to follow). This time, I began with the photos; I thought I would start with the kids, then us, and then a family shot. As I went on, I added in a kids' page--I just loved the photo so much. Once I knew how many photos there were, I paired them with the journaling cards, flair, and wordstrip.
(You might notice that I bumped up the pinks a little on the digital papers. I needed to have a better fit with those hot pinks on the little ladies!)
4. BUILDING THE OUTER PAGES
Once I had the main pages, I just needed a a cover and some divider pages. I dipped into the patterned papers for plain page dividers and (mostly) stuck with the basic design for the cover and back page.
The pages are all 4x6 so I just sent them to my local Costco and had them printed. Once I put them in order, I put the pages back to front, and then added some rings and ribbon: my favorite mini album accompaniment.
Here it is all together!
and here is a peek of the inside.
I am so happy with my itty bitty album. I think it just might do double duty as a Mother's Day gift, too! Bonus!
Thank you to Gennifer and Pixels & Co. for creating such a great shop and products! I loved this kit and had so much fun making this album. I hope you will try to make one, too!
Hello! It's Laura O'Donnell here to kick off the first day of March Mini Madness IV, a monthlong event! This week we have teamed with Pixels & Company. Marnie, Francine, Carey, and I are going to take turns showing you the minis we each made using the same digital kit.
Did you happen to see the First of the Month Gallery? I made a digital mini book sized for iPhone viewing. I had so much making it that I made another one for today.
Today's digital iPhone mini book uses the vertical orientation where my first one had the layouts going horizontal. I'll share a little more about how I made it and how great I think it is to have a scrapbook on my phone.
A quick Google search told me that the full screen dimensions of my iPhone5 are 640 x 1136 pixels. I used this as my canvas size to make my digital layouts in Photoshop Elements.
So now pretend you are holding the phone vertically and take a look at the book, swiping the screen from right to left to see each page.
This mini book features a group of pictures of my husband and son at the park. I really like these pictures and had a feeling I wouldn't want to delete them from my phone anytime soon so they'd be a good choice to use for the mini.
And there you have it.
After I made the pages I emailed them to myself. (You could also use Dropbox.) Then I set up a new album in my camera's Photo Library and added in the layouts. Easy!
I hope you enjoyed this first mini of March Mini Madness IV. I can't wait to see what the rest of the girls have in store for us!