Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sharing a layout - Best Christmas Ever

Monday after school, I came home with a mission. I wanted to make a layout that told an important story I'd never scrapbooked about until now - the doll clothes Christmas that I mentioned in a recent podcast. Since I didn't have a photo of the clothes themselves or of that Christmas, I decided to just use paper elements to evoke the story. I also knew that I'd have a lot of writing on this layout, so that helped guide me to which papers to select.

Ultimately, I chose some older Crate Paper patterned papers and embellishments for this layout. Since it is about Christmas, I also used a few of the Christmas embellishments I still had out on my desk from where I'd worked on my DD. Surprisingly enough, I don't really miss the photo on this layout. I think the little girl holding her doll, the various patterned papers, and the embellishments are plenty of visual interest to go along with what is a really significant moment in my life. Isn't that what scrapbooking is supposed to be?  Anyway, take a look at my layout and read the journaling if you're interested. Maybe it will inspire you to tell an important story of yours that is missing a photo. Maybe you're like me and have been avoiding it. I promise you; you'll be glad when you tell the story. I can't explain how proud I was when I finished this project. There - a majorly important story of mine told in a visually appealing way.  Yes!

Here's the title block:


And here's another embellishment block on the lower right hand side of the page:


You can read the beginning of my journaling in this photo.


And here's the rest of my very long journaling.


Here's the layout in full. I feel so good about having finishing this project. It's only January, and I've already managed to tell a crucially important story from my life that I'd left untold for far too long.


What important story do you need to tell? 













10 comments:

  1. This is perfect! I love everything about it. I need to make a list of stories I need to tell that don't have pictures.

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  2. I love this page - and you've done a perfect job creating it without available photos. I havent put any thought into listing stories I should tell, yet. I think even having a list would be interesting.

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  3. I love this page - and you've done a perfect job creating it without available photos. I havent put any thought into listing stories I should tell, yet. I think even having a list would be interesting.

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  4. I am so happy for you completing this page. You seem so happy too!
    Great inspiration for those of us that have a story but no photo. Thank you.
    Julie

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  5. I love this so much. I first heard the story on the ScrapGals Podcast, and I knew you didn't have a picture for it--so I was very interested to see how you handled it. And it is PERFECT! Actually, if you had a picture, it might not have lived up to the vivid scene I can see in my mind when I read the journaling. The papers and embellishments fit perfectly also. This is REALLY inspiring, Tiffany! I have a better idea now how I can tell some of my own stories that don't have pictures. LOVE!

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  6. What a beautiful story. I've got tears in my eyes thinking of your kind Mom making all those doll clothes for you. The layout is awesome. The vintage papers and die cuts are absolutely perfect for the story.

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  7. I remember you talking about this on the Podcast - glad you got it down on paper - such pretty paper at that! Lovely layout, Tiffany.

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  8. This is amazing! The ephemera you found to use is perfect, and I love that the you used the small floral and gingham prints in the title block.

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  9. I, too sewed doll clothes for Barbie and Ken when my girls were little. The dolls and clothes are gone but I still remember sewing a bright red ice skating costume with white lace and floral ribbon. Goodness those pieces were so small and challenging to put together. That's the story I need to document. Your page is wonderfully done!

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  10. I am so glad you got the story down. I was touched by this story on the podcast and I totally related because of my tendencies to postpone a story, because I can't make it "perfect" for some reason. Your layout made me remember a story about how my Dad always liked to go to our high school sporting events, and my Mom often chose to stay home so she could have the money she would have purchased a ticket with to buy fabric to make something for my sister and me. Time to get out that same paper you used from my stash and tell my story. Thanks to you and Tracie for so many story sparks!

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