Hi! Nancy here with you today... I’m feeling so lucky to spend the month with you and My Mind’s Eye! I have had so much fun using all the new lines, especially Stella & Rose. My favorite thing to scrapbook is relationships, but sometimes it’s hard to put into words exactly how you feel about that special person. It’s easy to make a who-where-when layout, but harder to create a page that says all those things you want to say about your loved ones. I’ve put together a few tips on creating layouts that will let those closest to you know how much you care about them.
Make a List. The quickest way to remind your loved ones just what it is you love about them is with a list! I put together a short list of some of my favorite things about my hubby. These are just a few of his best qualities that came to mind, and I loved showing him the layout to let him know that I appreciate who he is.
Featured collection: Good Day Sunshine - Boy
It’s Personal. Sometimes when I journal, I get nervous, imagining all the people that will read it. I start to think that I have to explain everything so that my journaling is understandable to a wide audience. But that’s not always necessary. Your pages are exactly what you want them to be—not everyone has to “get it.” I created this layout about some of our best friends, and included a few of our silly jokes & catchphrases. It doesn’t matter that it won’t make sense to most people—it’s a page that will remind me in years to come of all our silliness and laughter.
Featured collection: Stella and Rose - Hattie
Tell a Story. It’s hard to capture someone’s personality on a scrapbook layout, but if you include just a few specific details, you can give the reader a glimpse into your loved one’s life. On “Little One,” I wrote down a few of our kitten’s quirks. This gives just a taste of the Kitten’s silly personality and fun antics.
Featured collection: Stella and Rose - Gertie
Stay in the Moment. Don’t forget that one of your most important relationships is the one you have with yourself! The idea of scrapping yourself can seem overwhelming when you imagine telling your life’s story, but you can keep it much simpler than that. Every few months, I make a layout with a list of my favorite things of the moment. They don’t have to be important or profound things—just fun things that in a few years will bring back memories of who I was in 2011.
Featured collection: Stella and Rose - Mabel
I hope these tips give you the confidence to dive into scrapbooking the special relationships in your life. I love the satisfaction I get from seeing the joy on the faces of my loved ones when they see a layout about themselves.