First, I am so honored that Beth has invited me to write a guest post. She does such a great job on the information she shares here with all of you. I hope today’s post will expand your ideas for creating layouts!
Whether you are a new scrapbooker or you have been doing it for years, you may find a time when you remember an event, or place you went, and you’d like to tell something about it, but you don’t have any pictures. It may be something that happened yesterday, but you forgot to take any photos. Does that mean you should just skip it? Definitely “NOT!” There are several ways that you can create a layout and not have pictures of the exact event. Here are some ideas that may give you a jump start in thinking outside the photo box.
Try writing the story and create blocks of interest with patterned paper. Think of how many themes of patterned paper there are! There is bound to be something that will work. Even plain colored paper could evoke something for the underlying “feel” of the story. Think about a divided pocket style page, but without any pictures. It may sound crazy, but it will work! Scrapbooking is about the words (stories) and the pictures, but if you don’t have the pictures, at least save the words!
You may have pictures of the person involved in the story. You could simply use a photo you have of that person. The scrapbook police will not come and take you away in handcuffs if you use a photo not taken on the exact day of the story you are sharing! It seems we understand this better, when we have fewer photos of someone. I bet any of us would be glad to have just a single photo of a long past grandparent to include with any memories we could recall and write down.
If you have a place you’d like to tell about, you can use a map as part of your page. You can also utilize the power of the internet and even get an aerial view from a satellite on google maps, and you can control how much you want to zoom in or out. This is kind of an interesting way to document your own past, i.e. where you grew up; where you vacationed or visited family when you were growing up, etc.
Okay, this is a great idea to use even now that you are grown up. You could use a map to show the places you’ve lived. Maybe you only need a state map, or you may need a map of a country or one of those nifty maps showing the earth flattened out. I’ll need one for the country.
Depending on what your story is, you may be able to find pictures online that will be suitable. Here are two examples:
My husband and I have three daughters, each about 2 1/2 years apart. Sadly, by the time the third daughter came along, I was just glad to have pictures. They never made it into any kind of a baby book. Since they were all still loose, I decided to scan them because I knew I could make them look better if they were digital. So what if she was getting close to 30, I was going to make her a baby album! I found a great source for historical facts based on any given date from about 1800 – 2002, it’s the dMarie Time Capsule. Put in the date, click on the button, BOOM, you have instant info! Here’s a page I made for the “baby” book!
Now a complete opposite situation, I had the pictures but not really many stories to go along with them! I had to get creative with this long overdue baby album! This was an easy way to include many photos without a lot of story telling. You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” well that was what I was hoping would work for pages like this one!
I hope that some of these ideas will spark your creative side when you are lacking specific photos for a story you want to tell! These may not be award winning layouts, but they are stories of my life, my family, or memories that I cherish. When you document your cherished loved ones and special times, that’s your reward!
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