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When I think about it, my journey into scrapbooking started with my Gran. I wanted to make a special present for her birthday. Having restored photos of her and my grand-father when they were young, I knew she would be overjoyed to have them displayed. There are almost no photos at all of them when they were young, even when they were married. So I did a layout for her. I liked that I could include information about the photos so that when anyone looked at them, they'd know what was going on. Gran was the family memory keeper. The one who knew all the stories, and who was in what photo, and what was going on in the photos.

When we lost her, it shook everything. I never got to share my scrapbooking discovery with her, because she was too ill by then, and I had only just started exploring it. I know she would have loved learning about the entire process. I guess scrapbooking was my way of keeping her with me, and getting through the loss.

She's always one of my favourite subjects. And the journalling let's me record the things about her that I remember. The littlest kids didn't get to spend much time with her, so this is a way to help them know her. For me, it's what makes scrapbooking so special. I'm not talkative like my Gran ,nor do I have her amazing memory. I think the kids will all like it when they're older. I know she would. And that comforts me. And inspires me to continue with it.


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theStudio Designer
this is absolutely gorgeous. beautiful tribute page. We share a similar experience. this reminds me of my Grandmother she was also the memory keeper in our family. Now her memory is fading with Alzheimers, and it broke my heart when i took her the first few layouts i made for her, and she didn't recognize some of the (close family members) in the pictures, and was puzzled with pictures of herself. Lately I've been working on scanning in their old pictures and when we look through the cedar trunk she filled with photos and newspaper clippings its so touching to see how much she loved all of us and kept soo many of our photos and announcements, even little cards. You are absolutely right about the journaling. That is the most important part of the scrapbooking process to me, the ability to not only capture the pictures but the story for future generations as well. (hugS)

#1 Tue June 21, 2011 09:11


theStudio Owner
I love this tribute page. It resonates with me as well, my Oma was our memory keeper as well. As her speech & writing have left her we have no way of recording her memories... except what I & my cousins remember. This page is beautiful & a little bittersweet. I'm sorry she never saw what she inspired.

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#2 Tue June 21, 2011 13:55


theStudio Picasso
Your Gran was truly an amazing woman. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm happy though that you've found a way to remember her, and share those memories with your family. You are indeed blessed!

This layout is so beautiful and pleasing to the eye. You've pulled the very best out of this kit, and created a lovely display for your Gran's photos and plenty of space for journaling. Your page is a legacy to your precious family, and one that should printed, displayed and treasured.
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#3 Tue June 21, 2011 13:56


theStudio CT
This is special! Just beautiful. How wonderful to have had your grandmother in your life. And this is a wonderful tribute page!!
#4 Tue June 21, 2011 16:16


theStudio Monet
Wonderful journaling--I totally understand how cathartic it is to write about these people and events that we are scrapping. I just love the frame of elements all around your photos and journaling. Beautiful job!
#5 Wed June 22, 2011 04:10


theStudio Monet
First, this is an absolutely beautiful layout. You used the kit perfectly. Like you, I love scrapping the past to keep it alive for the future. You have hit this challenge right on the head--no worries about your continuing.
#6 Wed June 22, 2011 07:34


theStudio CT
Terrific page ... I just love the photos of her. She was so beautiful. Fantastic journaling and page arrangement.

#7 Wed June 22, 2011 15:42


theStudio Monet
Fabulous tribute to a women who obviously inspires you!
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#8 Wed June 22, 2011 19:49


theStudio Picasso
Your grandmother is beautiful, as is this layout your created for her. I love the photographs and how you framed the entire layout with flowers and leaves. I know you will always have her close in your heart as you begin to take over her role of the family story teller.
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#9 Wed June 22, 2011 20:04


theStudio Picasso
What a beautiful layout and a lovely tribute to your grandma. Your grandmother was gorgeous both as a young woman and later in life.

My grandmother has always been the family memory keeper too. She has diaries going back to 1950 that have been used to settle arguments
#10 Thu June 23, 2011 08:43


theStudio Designer
Fantastic layout and memory page, I love the flowers all around, and great journaling. I can relate you, my world thumbled whith the loss of my grandmother...
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#11 Fri June 24, 2011 11:22

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What a beautiful grandma you had, and what a lovely page you made in her honor. The journalling you included is like the perfect explanation of why we scrap - to record precious memories and to remember events and places and people who mean so much to us. Really wonderful job!
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#12 Fri June 24, 2011 12:47


theStudio Artist
Just gorgeous. Lovely layout, and what a great way to start scrapping!
#13 Sat June 25, 2011 22:19

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