How to Scrapbook Your Life Story – Part 1

Today we start a fantastic new series which will guide you through how to scrapbook your own life story. If you have tried creating a Book of Me then you will know that it is one of the hardest albums you can make. Kylie Moore from KylieM Designs will be guiding you through your own scrapbooking journey in this brilliant series of articles, and she has a free QuickPage to help you get started. See below for the link.

Kylie’s Journey

How to scrapbook your life storyWe all know how popular Book of Me’s are. In fact I signed up to an online course and did one myself a couple of years back. It was fantastic to scrap focusing on me, as normally, like many scrappers, the focus is on my children.

But lately I have looked at it, and yes it is a valuable memory keeper, but did it really document the history of my life? Well, not really. There were pages that documented the things I was grateful for in my life at the time; my favourite music, my favourite colour and the special people in my life. All wonderful markers of what my life was like at the time, but not really documenting my life and history.

I then put this aside. I am a busy person and I figured that it didn’t really matter. My children will love looking at my albums all the same! But in moving to Canberra and leaving our family behind I realised that I want to leave a more complete story of my life for my children, and hopefully my grandchildren. I have many photos of my father as a child, and as much as they are wonderful there is no story with them. I am managing to piece together some things, but it doesn’t go further back than my Dad.

So, being me, I dug my heels in and started researching. And I have found many wonderful resources, hints, ideas and clues about documenting a meaningful life story. With these resources, and my creativity I believe that I will be able to create something that will carry my history, and my family’s history long into the future. Well at least I am giving it a shot.

Here at Scraps of Mind, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to share what I have found and give you some hints on creating your life history in a scrapbooking format. The tasks I have for you all can be transferred to traditional scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, hybrid, or just plain journal keeping. I will be sharing with you resources, digital elements and tools, and templates.

So, do you want to get started?

I know I do, so why don’t we hit the floor running? For the next couple of weeks we are going to look at the things your children will want to know about your life, the nitty gritty stuff, the stuff that happened in your day to day lives …

First up let’s talk about how you and your partner met. I know for some, if you have been divorced or separated, this is often hard to talk about especially if there is bitterness. But my parents divorced when I was six years old and I desperately wanted to know the good part of their lives. There must have been one sometime. Finally as an adult, my mother shared some of those good times with me. So even though the divorce that my parents went through wasn’t the best, she was able to recall and share those good memories. It helped piece together a bit of my life.

Click here for your free Life Story QuickPage

So if you are up to it … here are a few starters …

  • What was your dating story? How/where did you meet?
  • Did you ever argue as newly weds, what was it about?
  • Did you struggle financially when you first starting your lives together?

And here are some references that I found useful

Family History Jumpstart by Michael Boyter of FamilyHistoryPublications.com

How to write your Life Story by Karen McDonald & Greg McLure

I hope to see you back next week!

Note: Kylie no longer maintains My Digital Life so I’m afraid all the links to her site are now disabled. But you can still follow her series by clicking on the episode links above

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19 Responses to How to Scrapbook Your Life Story – Part 1

  1. Antoinette September 5, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    This is tempting!! Thanks Kylie & Karen

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  2. AmyL September 5, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    Brilliant! I haven’t managed to dive into scrap booking yet, but this project may just get me in. I look forward to future articles.

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  3. June Campbell from Scrapbook Video Tutorials September 6, 2008 at 1:55 am #

    This sounds like an awesome project. It would be a substantial undertaking for those of us who have been around the block a few times. I plan on bookmarking this series of articles and returning to it when I have time freed up to begin this project. It would certainly be a legacy for children and grandchildren.

  4. karooch September 6, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    Well it certainly has the potential to be a huge project June. Also speaking as someone who has been around the block a few times. But I think once you get started and get the techniques happening you can fill in the gaps at your own pace.

    Hope you decide to give it a go Antoinette and Amy.

  5. CharmaineZoe September 8, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Hi, this is interesting, may well give it a shot myself, although as another one that’s been round the block a few times it could be a very big project! Will certainly bookmark though and as I thought my scrapbooking readers could be interested as well, I have posted an article this morning over at ‘Tails of Terror’.

  6. karooch September 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    Thanks a lot for letting your readers know about this Charmaine Zoe. The more, the merrier.

  7. KylieM September 11, 2008 at 9:11 pm #

    Wow thanks for the great responses everyone. I totally understand where you are coming from when you talk about being around the block a few times. This is why I have taken on this project myself, I have been through so much, I truly want my children to see where I have come from.

  8. estrella September 1, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    As the (now adult) child of a divorce I agree wholeheartedly that knowing about the good times is so important when putting your family history in context. I’m a keen scrapbooker who, with the arrival of my son 2 years ago, hasn’t had enough time to actually do anything substantial for quite a while but, following our wedding last month, I am determined to capture a snapshot of life both as it is now and how it was leading up to today so that, when my son (and any other children who arrive!) is old enough to ask, there will be a record of what was going on both during his early childhood and in the years leading up to his arrival.This looks like it’ll be a fantastic help for organising my ideas and getting the project started and, whilst I know it’s a massive undertaking, I will be trying to fit it into odd moments here and there (the ones that arise in between work, parenting and household chores!) because I do think it’s important to do it as soon as possible, so ideas are still fresh in my mind and as much is captured as possible.BIG thank you from me!

    • karooch September 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Estrella
      I also wish I had done something about this when I was younger. Now I find it’s hard to remember all the times I would like to remember and be able to share with my daughter. My Mother has passed on and although we were very close, I really with she or I had written down some of the stuff from her earlier life. Now it’s lost forever. I want to try not to let that happen with my daughter. Thanks a lot for sharing your story.

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