The other day I was recalling a story to a friend, one that I’d mostly forgotten, but after re-telling it to the best of my ability, I knew that I needed to save this story in a more permanent way.
Enter a simple hybrid scrapbook page. The jumping off point, following the story, was a set of letters from Ali Edwards’ most recent Week in the Life kit. I knew I wanted to call it “Dad, Pal and the Pool” and decided to use the black letters and a few other goodies from Ali’s kit to create the layout.
Here’s a look at the finished layout (along with the story, that still makes me giggle.)
White cardstock backgrounds are a staple in my scrapbook albums. I love the neutrality they offer. I love their timelessness. Here I built the title and the journaling first, leaving room for the black letters and the two photos to support the story. I added in the cardstock corners and stars as an afterthought, but I think they add some nice repetition and framing to the page.
The thing is, these photos don’t correspond directly to the actual story. I didn’t have a photo of this story so I had to dig around and find a great old shot of my dad (who was laying by our pool in Texas, where this story did NOT take place) and an old photo of my dog, Pal, who is also decidedly not in a pool.
You know that you can do this, right? Focus on a story first, and then just find something that will support it, visually. And, it doesn’t have to be a perfect match! This let’s you focus on those stories that make your sides ache from laughing, or remind you a very difficult time, or any number of stories in between.
Note to Ali: I love these embellishments so, so much. Make more. MORE!
Here’s to saving stories you really never want to forget, whether you have the perfect photos, or not.
Note: my Mom did find one photo of Pal in the pool, and you can’t really see, but that’s me making sure he stays put. But, this photo was taken in Texas in the late 80s, not in Las Vegas where Pal’s infamous pool plunge occurred. Also note: we were big fans of kickboards.
WANT TO MAKE A VERSION OF THIS PAGE? You can purchase my digital template here. Simple add your own title and journaling, then turn off the corresponding layers to print the text portion onto your choice of card stock. Add photos and embellishments as desired and voila, you have created a hybrid scrapbook page!