NSD LAYOUT CHALLENGE, DAY ONE...REMEMBER ME: STAGES

27th Apr 2015

NSD LAYOUT CHALLENGE -- DAY ONE

REMEMBER ME with Debbie Sanders


BACKGROUND

In 2006, I created a year-long album kit club called "Remember Me" for SG customers here in Springfield. The idea was to create an entire album about the person who usually gets the least coverage in a scrapbook -- yourself. Early on, many of the club members learned a hard lesson. They had few photos of themselves. It was an eye-opener, and something they set about correcting.

We used a K & Company album and coordinating papers and embellishments. Club members got a packet each month, with materials for a double-page layout on a specific topic, plus photography and journaling ideas. 

Over the course of the year, we hosted a couple of Sunday afternoon get-togethers so that we could all see the progress others were making on their albums. It was thrilling to see the pages, and to hear how happy people were about what they were accomplishing.

A few years later, we did a second year of "Remember Me," using a variety of new topics, with an eclectic mix of materials.


CONCEPT FOR 2015

The idea of making an album about yourself is nothing new. And none of the topics I'll be sharing over the next six days are earth-shakingly original.

So why bother?

Because seeing all the creative design ideas and researching all the cool topics does absolutely no good if you don't actually DO something with them.

When we did "Remember Me" all those years ago, I fully intended to create an album along with everyone else. I even had grand ideas about doing more than the 12 layouts! But I didn't do even one layout. I never felt like I had enough time. I DID strongly encourage my mother to complete her album, and she did, with some help from Karin and I. I can't tell you how glad I am that she made all those layouts about herself, with information that would have been lost, because she is no longer able to do so. Her "Remember Me" album is something Karin and I will always treasure.

This can be the most valuable set of layouts you ever create. Let's work on them together.


OVERVIEW OF THIS WEEK

• Each day, Monday-Saturday, I'll share a topic. I've selected a mix of basics, fact-based, and feeling-based topics. You'll get a main topic, plus an additional one if you want to go further, for a total of 12 "Remember Me" page ideas.

• I'll share my layout for the day's topic.

• You'll be able to download the sketch I used.

• I'll provide ideas for photos and for journaling for the main topic.

• You'll be able to share your own layouts on our Yogile site. Share just for the fun of it, but we'll also award some random prizes, and share some of our favorites here on the blog. (You have until May 30 to share to be included in the prize drawings.)


WHY THIS IS GOING TO WORK FOR ALL OF US

• It's easy. I'm suggesting one-page layouts. They go together quicker, plus it's easier to weave a topic around one or two photos than it is to fill a double-page spread.

• It's important. And putting off important things often leads to them not getting done at all. Until it's too late.

• It's rewarding. You can never have enough things in your life that make you feel good. And completing these six layouts (or maybe even 12) will feel fantastic.


LET'S GET STARTED

• Monday's topic: The Stages of Your Life

• This is a basic layout topic that will fit well into any kind of album about yourself.


MY LAYOUT


THE SKETCH

• Download this sketch (with complete measurements and other information) by clicking here.


PHOTO IDEAS

• Choose three photos of yourself. The idea is to show the range of your life. For someone my age, I would suggest a baby or toddler photo, a young adult photo, and a middle-aged photo. For someone younger, you might choose a baby or toddler photo, a high school photo, and a young adult photo. The idea is to progress from young to current age.

• Can you mix color and black and white photos? Sure. I just chose to make all mine black and white because I like the look.

• Alternate idea: If you have a good selection of photos from other ages of your life, consider making more than one layout like this. Use the three younger-age photos on one layout, the three older-age photos on the second layout.


JOURNALING IDEAS

• Use the journaling area to identify the ages and/or dates of the photos used. Or use it to write about changes in your appearance over the years. Or use it to reflect on feelings about life at your current age.

• Want to include more detailed journaling? Idea #1 -- Turn the entire 9" strip above the photos into a journaling block. Idea #2 -- include a companion page for this single-page layout. Have three columns of journaling -- one for each of the three photos. You might include a "thumbnail" of each photo above or below each column to break things up visually.

• My journaling: "Captured. Three moments in my life. Ages 3, 29, and 55. Looking at the photos, I see the carefreeness of childhood, the turmoil of young adulthood, and the welcome peace of middle age. One constant, dark eyes and dark hair. Me."


MONDAY'S ADDITIONAL TOPIC

• Use this same sketch, with a trio of photos, to show three of the homes you've lived in. (And once again, if you have access to more than three photos, consider making more than one layout!)

• Like the personal photos, arrange them from earliest home to the most recent.

• Journal the dates and locations, and maybe a bit more, like what you enjoyed most about this home, or where your favorite spot was, or your favorite memory while there.


THINGS I USED ON MY LAYOUT

• One of the early collections by Authentique. This company is totally my style...everything coordinates beautifully, interesting color combos, heavy-weight textured papers. Since Authentique's inception, there have been very few collections I haven't loved.

• One of the new word dies by Heidi Swapp. I'm in the middle of a love-affair with wafer-thin dies, and the word dies like this one really help me achieve the design looks I love in no time at all. (Here's a link if you want to check them out.)


HOW TO SHARE FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE

To add photos to the online challenge album:

1. Click the link below.

2. Once the webpage loads, click the "Add More Photos" button in the top right hand of the page.

3. A window will pop up asking you to create a free account or to upload the photo anonymously - either option will work fine (creating an account is not required to upload photos).

4. Choose your photos, then click "Start Uploading."

5. Once the upload is complete, click the name above your photo, and give your upload a title. Click "Save." 6. Click the "Click here for description" below your photo, and list your name. You may give a short description of your layout if you would like. Click "Save."


COME BACK TUESDAY FOR ANOTHER CHALLENGE

• Hope you enjoyed today's "Remember Me" challenge. I'll be back on Tuesday with a new layout and and a new challenge!

Debbie Sanders, Scrapbook Generation

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