There are some stories in our lives we want to include in our scrapbook albums that we just don't have photos for. It may be tempting to leave them out of our albums all together, but today we want to encourage you to not let those stories go untold! When we asked a few Garden Girls to take on this challenge, here is what they came up with.
From Wendy, "As soon as I saw this 9 to 5 collection by October Afternoon, I knew I needed it and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it first. I wanted to tell my story. The story of a little girl who was obsessed with office supplies, and learning how to type, and playing office, and dreaming of becoming a secretary. :)
I probably could have dug up some old photos to use on this layout...but I think a huge part of scrapbooking is journaling or story-telling...and you don't always need a photo to do that, so I opted to make this layout photoless.
I had fun with the different elements of the collection and made my layout interactive, with a vellum overlay over the journaling - just for interest and texture, and to allow even more space for the fun embellishments I wanted to include.
From Jill, "The prospect of creating a layout without a photo can be daunting, seemingly defying the conventions of what makes a layout a layout. However, what truly makes a layout a layout isn't really a photo -- it's a memory. Thus, the trick to a non-photo layout is focusing on that memory and finding a good decoy, a way to take the focus off of the fact that the photo is missing. This "decoy" can come in the form of artwork, memorabilia, accents, a bold title, or even all of the above.
In the case of this layout, my daughter's cluttered backpack was just what I needed to create a self-portrait without an actual portrait. Since it's the end of the year, it's time for her to clean out her backpack (lest we repeat the incident of '03, when we almost had to go nuclear on her Hello Kitty backpack when its contents started, um, moving). She kindly (after some mild shrieking about secrets and privacy and mothers) went through her binder and notebooks and shared some "declassified" documents with me, which I happily incorporated on this layout.
I was thinking about doing one of these for each member of our family. I would love to see what turns up in our desks, bags, and glove compartments, under the seats of our cars, on our nightstands, between the couch pillows... That isn't creepy at all, I know. The point is, what may appear to be the detritus of our lives may actually turn out to be pure gold."
From Amy, "Sometimes it's fun to make a layout without any photos. For this one, I was totally inspired by the little Studio Calico stamp that says, "I want to go to there". I chose some map paper and travel icons and some of my favorite letter stickers for this page. I made a list of places that I have never been that I hope to visit. "
We hope this inspired you to document those photo-less memories! Swing by tomorrow for a tutorial from Garden Girl Lisa Truesdell. :) - Jamie
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