If capturing everyday real life memories through story-based scrapbooking is your passion, our weekly Story Board was created especially for you! Get inspired by a few of my favorite layouts spotted around the Web this week…
“Questions You Asked Today 2010″ by Bush Girl is a wonderful spin on the typical question & answer journaling format. Rather than ask this cutie a bunch of questions and document the answers, this layout instead features a roundup of the questions themselves, as posed by the child. With a handful of inquisitive kids in my own house, this one is definitely going into my idea file for future reference…
I love how “Mom” by htew captures so many of the roles this mom plays, a story that many of us can relate to. I like how the journaling goes beyond listing the different responsibilities to include how this mom feels about them and how it all compares to her original expectations. A great example of a photo-less layout, as well.
I’m a big fan of including words of wisdom, life lessons and other bits of advice in our scrapbooks, so I was immediately attracted to “Advice from a Good Student and Your Mom” by karenika. This is a bit of a different spin on a back-to-school theme and a great way to get a message across now to the student, as well as preserve a bit of mom’s parenting style for later remembering.
I wanted to share “Time Management” by tiffany scraps for a couple reasons … first, because the story is another I think many of us can relate to and I like that this artist has captured this piece of her present life in her scrapbooks. The other reason is the design itself … I love the combination of watercolor-like stamping in the background with more three-dimensional elements, particularly the clock hands placed on the page itself instead of insisting they have a clock face to go along with them. Cool effect…
“Happiness Is…” is another nice example of a photo-less layout that tells a real life story. I like the great list of all of these happiness-related tidbits, and the playful color scheme and loose structure really add to the “happy” feel of the page. I spotted this layout in a couple different galleries and both times, it really jumped out at me.
“The Things We Do for Love” by Nicole Seitler tells the type of motherhood and pregnancy story that probably often goes unnoticed by others, particularly our children … and that’s exactly why I like that Nicole made this a part of her scrapbook. It’s those little details that are often so interesting to remember later on and that I believe our children will find interesting, as well.
I find layouts that show how life & society change over time to be particularly interesting, which is one of the reasons I love “Portable” by sari55. The design of this page also caught my eye, particularly because of the darker background and the fun clustering. Even more fun will be to look at this page 20 years from now when the “modern” iPod may seem just as archaic as the Sony Walkman!
“Art & Soul” by JenJ is a great example of how you can preserve a piece of your child’s artwork in a way that is simple and meaningful. Just one drawing, scanned and framed, with comments from mom on the child’s general artistic interests at this stage as well as mention of her favorite feature … that kneecap! Simply … perfect.
That wraps up this week’s Story Board! Check back every Wednesday for another collection of layouts featuring great journaling, beautiful design, real life stories and other bits and pieces of real life!
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