WHEW! {Before Your Story}

In late February I began a workshop at Big Picture Classes called Before Your Story, taught by Jennifer Wilson at Simple Scrapper. The class was designed to walk you through creating an album about your early years. I was so excited to take this class because I had a whole stack of photographs from my childhood just waiting to be scrapped. Knowing that I would never be able to scrap all of these pictures individually, I quickly signed up for the class.


And now, several weeks later with my album completed, all I can say is, “WHEW!” This project turned out to be much more involved that I thought. I spent days selecting, scanning and printing photos, creating layouts, and writing journaling cards. I slowly worked through each section of the album, putting on the final touches just yesterday. The one thing that helped me the most in finished this album is the wonderful set of worksheets and planning pages that Jennifer provided during class. With the assistance of these worksheets, I was able to envision what the final product would be and reach my goal!   I learned many things while finishing this album:

  1. I wish that I had purchased supplies specifically for this project. My album has an eclectic feel, which does not bother me too much since the embellishments are minimal. However, I think that I could have finished the album much faster if I was not attempting to adapt products that I already had to this project.
  2. I should have narrowed down my photos much more in the beginning than waiting until I was completing each section. A little more advanced planning would have made this process quicker.
  3. I needed to have a basket to store all of my supplies in while I was not working on the album. Everything stayed out on my dining room table for too long!
  4. I was so surprised at the number of little stories that I recalled while working through the main sections of the album. I kept track of these and collected them in the last section of my album with the title “ETC.” This section was a departure from the album structure given in class, but it really fits my project.


I still have many older photographs that I know I will never be able to scrap individually. One group is my husband’s childhood photos, one group is photos from my dad’s side of the family, and the last group is from my mom’s side of the family. I have been reluctant to take on making scrapbooks of these pictures, but now that I have done it once, I am confident I can put these three albums together also!

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