While cleaning over the past weekend, I picked up a dusty frame containing this old photo:
I see this photo every time I walk through the dining/scrap room. It was taken by a good friend of ours by the name of Kurt Kueffner back in 1996. Kurt is a pioneer in the hair styling industry and a local Minneapolis hair legend. A bit of a renaissance man, he also pursued his passion for photography, and this photo was definitely a cherished gift to our family.
I recently resurrected a design from Clean&Simple 2, a layout called "Blink." Those of you familiar with it will recall it looked a bit like this:
The idea is simple. Pair an older photo of your subject, with a shot from present day, then start writing.
Seeing the people in our lives and the passage of time right there in front of us on the scrapbook page is a powerful thing, evoking immediate and often very emotional responses. This can make for very uninhibited journaling, as well.
As I was dusting off the frame with the shot of Aidan and Dan, I thought, "What a great shot to pair with the shot of them from a few weeks back." Old and new, then write.
Using my newly updated template from Designer Digitals, I dropped in the photos and set out to begin writing, when I realized that my voice, while it would work just fine on this page might not actually be the best voice to capture the story.
So I asked Dan if he would do the honors. Lucky for me (and Aidan) he said, "Absolutely."
(Click on the layout to see it larger in a new window to read the journaling.)
Now I realize any man capable of making this is obviously not going to say 'no' when given a challenge to write about his daughter, and maybe some of you are thinking, "Yeah, right… have you MET my sigificant other? He's about as poetic as a rock."
Still, I realized what a gift it is to bring another voice into the mix. If not a willing spouse or partner, maybe it's a grandmother, or grandfather. Maybe aunts, or uncles. Or maybe just asking a few questions to siblings about each other.
I believe that other voices make the story tapestry so much more vibrant in the grand scrapbooking scheme of things.
Whose voice can you invite into your personal documentation?
Food for thought on this fine first day of March.