Documenting Your First Published Layout

Time Capsule: Weekly Challenge #5… Extended

I have encountered many projects and pursuits in my lifetime, but the one constant, the hobby that is the thread of my life, is scrapbooking.  I didn’t really consider it to be a project or a pursuit… it really was just part of me. My first scrapbooks were Hallmark issue, filled with cards and newspaper clippings and report cards, all taped to their pages with handwritten notes about each item or photograph.  It wasn’t until my adult life that all of that changed for me.

Hidden journaling on paper scrapbook layoutI have been a paper scrapper now for over 16 years.  I used to think the pages were personal and not really something to share, but as scrapbook magazine after scrapbook magazine began to be published, I realized that we scrappers like to share our stories!! And we love to read other’s stories as well!

So, about 5 years ago, after subscribing to all the scrapbook magazines for a few years I finally got the courage to begin submitting for publication. My layout for this challenge documents the feelings behind my very first publication!

I saved the contract all these years (as well as the magazine) so it was great to be able to photograph it and get it in my scrapbook so I could share this moment in my life with my family (and all of you!).

As you can read in the journaling (that is hidden in the envelope behind the photos, I was really nervous to do this!

Flowers on paper scrapbook layoutWhen creating the layout that documents this, I found in my scrappy stash some of the same flowers and chipboard that were on my original layout from 2007.

I decided this was a great time to use them and not hoard them anymore… so you will see that my new layout echoes the “Pubbed” layout with the use of flowers and chipboard hearts. Even though they are scrapbook supplies, they helped get me in touch with the emotions surrounding the first publication.

As you create your layout, I encourage you to add details that help make bring the experience to the page, as well.


"Pubbed" scrapbook layout

Lastly, as you’re thinking about the challenge this week, try to reach and stretch and find the project or pursuit that pushed you out of your comfort zone and really stands out in your memory. You never know… you might inspire someone to do the same after hearing your own story!


Lisa Spiegel ~ 2012 Design TeamYou can read more of my life’s stories on my blog at, where I share my scrapbook layouts, the crazy anecdotes of my three children and little slices of my life.


Additional 2012 Design Team sample layouts for Weekly Challenge #5 may be found in this week’s Challenge Galleryif you complete this challenge yourself, please consider posting your project in the gallery as well so others may be inspired by YOU!

Coming Thursday on the Time Capsule blog… get to know this week’s sample layout artist through our Q&A-style interview.

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