Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Me at 38...

It's not all that often that I scrapbook about myself, because well....sometimes I feel that I'm not all that interesting! lol But when I was thinking of a theme to do for this mini album for Pink Paislee, I decided to "map" out my life and divide it into 5 categories:

1. Growing up
2. College
3. Getting married
4. Raising children
5. Now

To me, scrapbooking has always been more of a creative outlet. I feel like I NEED to create to be happy! But I don't want to always make things JUST to create. I really want to preserve memories too and tell our stories! I thought this little mini album would be a nice keepsake for my girls. I would love to have one of these from each of my parents explaining how they grew up and experiences they remember. (That's another project - maybe in the near future!)

This was a mini album that I did for the CHA show for Pink Paislee using their new 365 line! I loooooove the colors in this line! It will be shipping early March, so tell your local scrapbook store owners to pre-order it now.

On the front cover, we have the cork buttons, pleated ribbons, die cuts and weathered wood chipboard. Love how it's already distressed. The album is a new Artisan album - I added the red rub ons to the cover, but you can paint or do whatever to the canvas that you'd like.When I first started, I was going to add lots of photos, but the journaling sort of took over and I realized I had more to tell about than I had thought. Inside cover:
1. Growing up...At the top of all the pages, I used the borderline stickers to give it a good flow throughout all of the pages. These are just some random things I remember when I was little.
A funny picture of me, no laughing now! Ok, I laughed when I saw this, so I guess you can too. :)
2. College and some experiences during that time...
3. Marriage...how we met and the events that happened during that time...
4. Raising children...
5. Where I'm at in my life now...
Back inside cover...love these cork buttons, they are so neat.
I was glad to have done this assignment and think we should all scrapbook our stories for our children! I may even add more pages to go into a little more depth. This album is on a 3 ring binder, so you can definitely add more pages. I wish I had known more about my grandparents and had them write out their stories for us.
Danielle

31 comments:

debbieback said...

this is just gorgeous !~ you and pink paislee make a great match !~

erink88 said...

Love the products...Pink Paislee ROCKS! But I really love this idea. I am really bad about scrapping myself and I think I could do this...I hate pictures of myself so I tend to not scrap me! Thanks so much for sharing. Adding it to my list of projects to do.

Tara Powell said...

Danielle, this album is amazing!!
I love that you typed a lot and really made it "your story"
Your girls will love reading this someday when they are older.
I must agree with Debbie, you and Pink Paislee are a great match!
Have a great day
:)
Tara

Darien said...

Absolutely Stunning!!! Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Danielle said...

absolutely gorgeous, Dani!

Bonafyde said...

What an inspiring album, I have to do something like this for my kiddies. TX for sharing!

rae said...

oh wow Dani, this is awesome!!!!! i absolutely love what you did here and those papers are gorgeous... need to add them to my wish list ;)
hugs!!
~rae

Evgenia said...

Cute!!!

Fryne said...

wonderful project! love everything about it!

sillypea said...

Absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

Cindy Tobey said...

Gorgeous album Danielle and what a great topic idea! Love it!

Jenn said...

wow, lots of detail. This is an awesome project!

Norma Kennedy said...

just BEAUTIFUL Danielle and very inspirational !

Leigh said...

LOVE this, Dani!! A fabulous idea and absolutely gorgeous!

Amy said...

What an amazing project. I totally know what you mean about having one from your parents. Your girls will treasure that.

Natalie said...

This is such a lovely concept, and the album you put together is simply STUNNING. I can just imagine your girls coming across this in years to come and being so glad that their mum made something like this.

Juliana said...

What a great mini Dani! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kay said...

Amazing album, Dani! I find it hard to scrap about myself, too but your girls are going to be so thankful to have this. It's truly a treasure. ♥♥ Kay

Davinie Fiero said...

Love the concept of this album Dani!

Davinie Fiero said...

Love the concept of this album Dani!

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Scrappycath said...

The album is beautiful to the eye and the heart! Fantastic job on capturing so much of the important stuff of life. Great inspirational piece. TFS!

Shemaine Smith said...

What an amazing keepsake for your kids and way to rock the new Pink Paislee!!! Just stunning Danielle!

thestormyone said...

This is so amazing! i had to call the coworkers over to see it. Next time you come back to visit your parents, not that you would ever have time, try to stop down at The Playground so we "GROUPIES" who love your work could meet you in person. I was also a Pooper Scooper!!!!

krista said...

This is a beautiful project!!!!

I will be turning 40 on Feb.15, so maybe I should give this a try!!!

Thanks for sharing!
krista

Jennifer said...

Love this! What a GREAT idea. I never scrap about myself but, maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

wow - this is wonderful and everyone should do it for sure!

Sharla said...

I love this. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the 5 category idea. Know I feel like I have a place to get started! What album did you use?

Elizabeth said...

Danielle it was nice reading about you and your life, the daily things in it all add up to one terrific life!

I love your album and am inspired to create something like this for my family as well! I even have an album I've been hanging on too and just might use that!!!!

Hope your week is going great! Take care.
e.

Audrey Pettit said...

I have drooled over your cover already, but how fun to see the inside pages, too. This is just such a great idea and so beautifully done! LOVE it!

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