In Black-and-White

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In August, my oldest child went off to college. This change has not been an easy one for me. I am so happy that my son is growing up and taking this next step in his life. But I am also sad that he is no longer around all the time. It has been odd to all of a sudden only have two children at home. I have been journaling and scrapbooking about this time in my life a lot–it has been helping me work through my ever-changing feelings.

I took this story and used it as the basis for this month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are using the St. Tropez collection from Prima as our inspiration kit.

And here is our challenge: One of St. Tropez’ famous residents was Bridget Bardot. Most photographs and films of her were in black-and-white. Use a black-and-white photo(s) on a colored background.

The papers in my kit, Wandering, have a definite vintage feel and some are quite dark. In order to have my photograph stand out against this background, I chose a picture that is fairly simple in composition and converted it to black-and-white. I love the look of the monochromatic print against the mix of vintage prints.

Make sure to check out the projects from the rest of the Master Forgers for this month’s first challenge on the CKC blog.

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February at Simple Scrapper | Change

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Change is tough. Even when the change is for a good reason. My older son has decided to become a fire fighter, so I am doing everything I can to help him on his chosen career path. For the past several years, I have homeschooled him. But during this year–his junior year–he has decided to take some fire fighter classes at the local community college.

My child–going off to college! I could not believe it!

Of course I realize that he is not really going off to college (at least not yet), and that he is only taking classes two days a week. But still. It is a change. And it is a challenge letting your child go off into the world.

I knew I would have to document this moment–for him and for me. So I took one of this month’s Sketch/Templates from the Simple Scrapper membership and made this layout.

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My second layout also has to do with change–my going back to school. I have always wanted to get a degree in art. Now that my son is in school, I have a little bit of free time to pursue this dream. February’s Story Starters are all about quotations. I chose these words to document my step into a more creative life.

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Through these changes I have felt all kinds of emotions–happiness, joy, resistance, worry, and hope. But mostly joy. I am happy that we both have these opportunities. And I am so glad I have documented these events in our lives!

For more inspiration, visit the Simple Scrapper website and sign up for a premium membership. The community is welcoming and supportive and you will learn new ways to make scrapbooking fit your life!

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Back in My Day–March @ Simple Scrapper

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Recently I was given a large box of photographs from my dad’s side of the family. There are pictures of my great-grandparents, my grandparents, all of my aunts and uncles and cousins (of which there are a great number), my parents, and my sister and me as we were growing up. There are tiny 2×2 black & white photos from the 1920s, Polaroids from the 1970s, 8×10 family photos, pictures from film taken during the early 1990s, as well as a number of other types of photographs. It is truly amazing to have such a collection of pictures!

For a while, I was not sure what to do with all of these photos. I felt some need to organize, catalog, and document them all, possibly assembling a large album that could be shared with my extended family. However, every time I thought about undertaking such a project, I became overwhelmed. I expressed my misgivings with my sister one day and she gave me some great advice—she said that the photos belonged to me now and I should use them in a way that made me happy. Such great advice (even if she is not a scrapbooker)! I immediately began sorting through the photos and letting the stories come to me.

Since then I have scrapped many of those pictures. I make digital copies of the ones I want to preserve, then (I know this will sound blasphemous to many scrapbookers out there!) I use the original photos RIGHT ON MY PAGE. I know I should use copies, but I just love the look and feel of the original photos on the layout. One of my favorite ways to use these older photos is to scrap a photo of me at a certain age and then pair it with a photo of my children at that same age.

This month at Simple Scrapper, the theme is Back in My Day. I immediately went to my collection of old photos and began looking for one that spoke to me. After a short search, I found a Polaroid of my and my sister when we were about five and seven in our front yard beside a tall snowman. We had recently had a huge snowstorm here, so I had plenty of pictures of my kids playing in the snow. I paired these photos with one of March’s Sketch Templates, and my layout came together quickly.

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The second layout I created for March began with a Story Starter about a change happening in my lifetime. I immediately thought of a recent photo of me and my sister with our children. Whenever we all get together, I am always so surprised by how much they have all grown up. On this page I document how our kids used to like to play with toys and now they prefer texting and going to the mall. Quite a change!

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If you are inspired by these pages and would love to scrap more about your past, take a look at Jennifer Wilson’s current class at Big Picture Classes, Before Your Story. “In this 6-week workshop with Jennifer Wilson of simplescrapper.com, you’ll have all the guidance you need to tell your growing-up story in one gorgeous 12″ x 12″ pocket album. Her class combines the ease of slipping photos and journaling cards into photo sleeves with the brilliance of Stacy Julian’s ‘Library of Memories’ scrapbooking categories.” But hurry, registration ends March 5!