I just got home this evening from Seattle.
I flew there yesterday to surprise my mom for her 70th birthday.
I brought her a 14 page scrapbook that I made yesterday before I left.
I emailed my siblings last week and asked them to send me a list of words that describe our mother. I edited the list and added words so that I had a total of seventy.
The title page establishes the color scheme …
It is a very SIMPLE scrapbook.
I followed the same design scheme with four, 4×4 photos on the left and two 4×6 photos on the right. I adhered ten paper word strips to each page.
As I was working on it, I realized that the photos I had of her were not really representative of her role as mother and grandmother of our whole family. I brought my paper scraps with me and after dinner, we pulled out a BUNCH of other pictures she had and I made 14 additional pages. The pictures we found filled in so many blanks and touched upon so many aspects of her personality and experiences. I mixed in these new pages, so that each spread now features five words. The whole album looks super planned, when it reality the reason I was able to get it done was by giving myself permission to make it completely random. I literally slapped pictures down.
And here’s the take away.
She has a finished scrapbook.
Yes, I could have spent more time collecting and collating and assembling, but I don’t have that kind of time right now and rather than allow pictures to stay tucked in a “someday” box for one more year, she now has a finished scrapbook. These pictures (all mixed up) can be viewed and enjoyed. We talked about the idea of turning this into what I call an index album. All she would have to do is number each photo and create a journaling entry on a few sheets of cardstock slipped into the back flap of the album.
Today, we went on a nice long walk.
we wandered around Trader Joe’s.
we visited the Seattle Temple.
we bought matching (mine is blue and hers is white) spring blouses at her favorite store!
we ate lunch at Nordstrom’s Cafe.
and, we enjoyed a Mocha Blast at B&R.
all this, I was home by 5:30 pm.
super. fun. day.
doing LOTS of things we LOVE to do together.