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A Family Link | Aly Dosdall

A Family Link | Aly Dosdall

8.5 x 11 two-page spread | materials patterned papers (Black River Designs) + chipboard alpha stickers (American Crafts) + eyelets (The Paper Studio) + square punch (Marvy Uchida) + font (Arial)

A Note From Aly

I have 4 kids. Every school year they bring home tons of lovely artwork. I love looking at their artwork, but I hate storing it because over the years it takes up too much space. Several years ago I decided on a system to control the clutter: we rotate displaying a few of their favorite pieces during the year, and I take photos of the rest and then throw them away. At the end of the year, I make a scrapbook page with photos of all of their artwork and then we only have to store 1 scrapbook page instead a whole box of artwork per kid.

I put a little twist on this artwork layout. I scrapped comparison photos of my grandmother and son at the same age, and then took a picture of one of her watercolor paintings and added it to the page of my son’s artwork. The chain link border at the bottom represents the generational link of art between my son and my grandmother.


“We always wondered where my Grandma Keeler’s talent for art would emerge in the family tree. Your love for art links you two though you’re several generations apart. I wonder if she thought about that at your age. Keep it up James. 2009”