Real Life Inspiration: Weekly Challenge #8 Layout of the Week

Layout of the WeekWeekly Challenge #8

Theme: Loves of My Life/Document an object you love.

Selected by Challenge Team Member Melanie Riordan

"Memory Collector" by Heather Prins

"Memory Collector" by Heather Prins

When I started scrapbooking, my first thoughts were that I would create pages of my grandchildren to share with my sons and their wives.  I moved on to photos of my parents and before I knew it, I was wanting more photos of my grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.

I spent an entire weekend with my grandparents, who live 400 miles away, with a laptop and printer/scanner; gathering every photo I could get.  It wasn’t just the photos but the stories that came as my grandmother, my mother and I went through each treasure and they recalled special times with these people who are part of my history.

Not long after that visit, my aunts and cousins found out what I had done and wanted copies of the photos I gathered that weekend.  I proudly shared the photos with my family as they have all nicknamed me the “Family Historian.”  Now, it’s not just the photos; it’s the stories and history of the people in the photos that can only be heard from those that knew them.

So, as I selected this week’s Layout of the Week, I found this page that pulled me in by the softness of the page and the journaling.  As I read the words that describe this person, I was reminded of how my family refers to me when it comes to this hobby.  It’s a life story that only I can help recreate through the stories and photos that have been shared with me.  And I will gladly take any name you want to give as I hold the key to a wonderful history that is called “family.”

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  1. Heather Prins says:

    thanks so much for selecting my layout!

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