> Why We Scrapbook (June 2009)

My Visual Diary | Francine Clouden

My Visual Diary | Francine Clouden

materials lace cardstock (KI Memories) + patterned paper (Collage Press, Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, Scenic Route) + chipboard letters (American Crafts) + stickers (Scenic Route) + journaling card (Teresa Collins) + number tag, scalloped tag (Every Jot & Tittle) + tiny letter stickers ( Making Memories) + border punch (Fiskars)

A Note From Francine

All the patterned paper came from my scrap bin, I pulled out a variety of pieces that I thought would coordinate with the photo, and then narrowed it down to the four I ended up using. I included a circle motif (the tags, the lace cardstock and the punched border) in order to break up the “squareness” of the page design. The journaling around the page is a list of the type of things I scrapbook about: Memories, Book excerpts, Dreams, Quotes, Favourite Lyrics, Plans, Goals, Just because, Everyday Life. I added in the phrase stickers as another way to include journaling.

The photograph is of a stack of layouts completed over the period of 15 months (waiting to be put into albums). I thought it was a great representation of what scrapbooking is to me: a visual diary. I’ve always tried and failed to keep a regular diary and when I discovered scrapping it all came together. Finally I had a way to record my stories.