PRT084 – So Cute Today!

Do you ever scrapbook about your parents or in-laws? In this week’s episode, we’re sharing all kinds of ideas on this topic. Come listen!

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  • AshleyM

    This episode inspired me very much.  I scrapbook a lot about my life because I know one day down the road it will be cool for my family to see.  But I don’t scrapbook much about work.  Julie talked about wondering what it was like for her grandparents to come from China. For some reason this struck me- I’m in the US Air Force during war time!  I have worked very interesting missions and it would be awesome for me to record that!  I have only scrapped a bit of my AF life, but I think I should do more.  A few weeks ago, I saw my great uncle who served in the AF just years after WWII.  I wanted to ask him so many questions.  Down the road, I may have a child, niece or nephew, grandchild, etc who, just like me, wants to know what military service was like [at whatever point in time].  It’s pretty cool if I actually think about it (normally it is work and feels uninteresting!).  Thank you, Julie and panel, for inspiring me to write out stories that I would normally not think of.

  • Yeah, that is really cool, Ashley! It would be awesome to have all those stories documented!!

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the topic today!  I find myself, more and more often, scrapping the story that inspires me.  Sometimes that is about my kids, sometimes it’s about me, and sometimes it’s about my history.  I do have an album I call “All About Me” where I tell stories from my childhood, but I also tell stories about my parents and grandparents.  My favorite is a page about how my grandmothers were both educated women in a time when that wasn’t common.  In fact my paternal grandmother was the first woman to graduate from Ohio State with a degree in agriculture!  I was shocked when I found that out and just had to document it!

    But I also like to scrap about my relationship as an adult with my parents.  My mom hates to have her picture taken, but I have decided she has no choice!  :)  My kids and I want pictures of her!  And I love that I can now scrap the story of my relationship with her too.  Like I did here

    And after today’s show I’m even thinking of scrapping some text conversations between Mom and I.  Thanks to the Roundtable for so many inspiring ideas!


  • Katie Scott

    My dad died of a Parkinson’s like disease (he had shy-drager syndrome) and he died much more quickly than we expected and when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter so I didn’t get to go to the funeral.  I often find myself scrapbooking about him when I miss him, and to make sure that my kids get to know him through my scrapbook pages, but mostly when I feel like I’m missing him.  On the other hand, my mother lives close by and I seldom scrapbook about her.  I think maybe the difference could be I feel free to say whatever I want about my dad, whereas I’m pretty sure my mom reads my blog so I know she’ll be looking – so the layouts about her tend to be more event driven rather than the emotion driven layouts I do about my late father.  Great topic this week.

    P.S.  Good topic for upcoming show might be how to get ready for the holidays – getting started on minibooks / gifts now so you’ve got them done before December.

  • SusanB

    Thanks for the great topic ~ I’ve been meaning to scrapbook some pages about my parents.  They are included in our scrapbooks as part of more “event” layouts but I would love to work on some more personal pages.  One of my earliest memories is sliding on a sled down the middle of our street with my dad. It was a winter evening after a snowstorm before the snowplows made it through our neighborhood.  I remember holding on to him as we flew down the hill and how he let me ride the sled while he pulled it back up the street.  Just writing this now is bringing back other little pieces of that time.  That memory should be preserved, along with many others I have of him and my mom.  They are still a very important part of my life but sometimes I tend to focus on them more as my daughters’ grandparents and overlook the memories I have of them from when they were raising me.
    Again, many thanks for a very inspiring discussion as always!!

  • Anya

    Izzy don’t be so tough on Nancy! :) Anyway, I checked my albums and found one page about my mom. Dad – zero. One for in-laws. None about grandparents either… But I did mean to do more, that’s why I scanned all possible pictures I got at my moms house. Journaling is harder though. You don’t know where to start. I think the way I’m going to go is write a whole bunch of questions on 4×6 cards for them to answer. One of your guests even provided a list of possible questions before, and make a minibook of random little stories and pictures. Better be easy and done, than something super cool and never finished.

    Just wanted to say thanks again for taking time to share your ideas with us and provide us with a fun show each week. (For some reason I can’t listen to DigiShow. Noel, I’m missing your voice there. I like how you are able to give the show a flow. Great job! You are the best host.)

  • Katie Scott

    P.S. Nancy –

    1. I got to go to my local store Whim So Doodle over the weekend & I wanted to buy all of the 6×6 paper pads!  I restrained myself and just got two – the Jillibean Soup Homemade (with those adorable thread spool labels) and Crate Paper double sided School Spirit, I was also seriously tempted by the Halloween Authentique & a couple of the 7 gypsies packs.  The store owner said that they were going to be stocking the open 6x6s soon. 

    2. I also noticed that the mists, glimmers, inks, stamps, etc. took up a much larger space in the store than they used to, I even bought a stamp (the sunburst seal from Jenni Bowlin) I was inspired by all of your talk about stamping and Ella Publishing’s Boot Camp exercises. 

    3. One more thing, I also picked up a few $1.00 priced items from Jillibean Soup and Authentique – I personally find spending $5-7 on embellishments or letter stickers too pricey in general but I dont think twice about spending $10 on the one buck items – I think this is probably a good marketing strategy – at least it worked for me.

    :) Katie Scott.

  • That is awesome — thanks for sharing. I love that you realized that both your grandmothers had degrees at a time when that was so rare! Great page idea.

    BTW, I don’t remember if you’re a member or not, so if not you may not know this but one of my favorite techniques is to do what you did with the 2nd layout — cutting slices into elements on the patterned paper so you can lift them up and tuck pictures in!

  • I’m sorry about your dad, Katie! I appreciate hearing that warning about the speed at which he died because my dad’s health has been declining faster than other people I know with Parkinson’s at his age and you just gave me the heads up that it could start tumbling down even faster. There might be a snowball effect coming our way. :(

    Thanks for the topic for the holidays. We don’t have that in our heads yet and now that you’ve reminded us, we might not be able to fit it in in time since we’ve got things scheduled out. I’ll have to look at what we’ve got and see!

  • Nice memory!

  • Thanks, Anya! I’m glad you got a bit of a wake-up call, not having realized you hadn’t scrapped about any of them except your mom once. I’ve done little to none about my grandparents so I guess I need to start there!

  • Aww thanks Anya for sticking up for me but I can take Izzy! I have my ways of getting even… He’ll just find himself with bunny ears suddenly while he’s taping on the CHA floor next time or something. ;-)

  • Wow. This was a great show. It really opened up my eyes to how badly I need to scrapbook my family. I scrapbook my friends ALL the time, but hardly ever my parents or the rest of my family… this could be due to my young age though! Although my parents are in good health, my grandparents are either no longer with us or declining rapidly– this should be more of an inspiration to get the pictures and words on the page before I forget the details that I want to pass on to my (non-existent at the moment..) children.  Thanks for the reminder and encouragement! 

    Also, a guest suggestion: Amy Tangerine. I know she’s super popular right now, but I think she would be a fun guest and have a lot of fun insight– maybe for an episode about color or another mini-book episode? Just a thought! 

  • Sharon

    I just had I let you know how much your show helps people. I sat down to listen to this episode not paying any attention to the topic. When I heard that it was about scraping our parents, I burst into tears. This was the first podcast that I have listened to since I lost my mom 6 days ago. I have scrapbooked for years but until this year I had never done a page about my mom. Strangely the pictures were from mother’s day and ended up being the last photos I have of her. I displayed the layout at her service. Although it was extremely hard to listen to this podcast I powered through. Listening gave me so many ideas about scrapbooking my relationship with my mom. It inspired me so much I have planned a therapy crop for this weekend for me and my family. I myself usually keep all my feelings locked up but with your help I feel this is one story I must and want to tell. Thanks for all you do. You help more than you could ever imagine.

  • Debra

    Wow, Sharon, that’s amazing. The Roundtable episode came at just the right time for you. So sorry to hear about your mum. Enjoy your crop this weekend, let all the memories flow. As I say a lot, photos do their job well if you let them. Enjoy your time with your family too. Sending hugs your way.

  • Oh, Sharon – thank you for sharing with us. I’m sorry you’ve lost your mom. How great that you hD already done a page you could share at the funeral.

  • Thanks for the suggestion with possible topics!

  • Melinda Kirk

    I really enjoyed hearing about how everyone tackles scrapping their parents and other adults in their life. Project Life has helped me start writing about my parents, mostly every day stories about their interaction with my boys or personality quirks caught on film. Somehow those baseball sized journalling cards make jotting down a story much easier.  I also recently took Ali Edward’s class Yesterday and Today and cannot recommend it highly enough. It provides a set of really useful prompts for getting those family history stories told and the big take away for me was scrapping vintage photos alongside current ones, on the same layout. The results are really powerful when the images draw parallels between generations – my son and his grandad riding the same trike decades apart for example.  I definitely find it much easier to write about my parents, in laws and grandparents when I match it with a fantastic photo from their childhood or youth. The old photos get everyone (especially the Nannas!) talking too so they are a great place to start.