Several years ago Hallie highlighted Smash books in one of her Five Favorites posts and it sounded like something that was right up my alley (books with blank pages for writing or pasting pictures, along with folders and other inserts to stash mementos). I have a few scrapbooks that are in the works and have been for a number of years. I keep thinking that if I had a dedicated space to spread out the millions of supplies + pictures I'd get around to finishing them but, truthfully, I think the time commitment to craft them just so is my ultimate hang-up!
Not long after I heard about those books I found one on clearance at a craft store and plopped it into my cart although I didn't know exactly how I wanted to use it- until recently. The other week I had an epiphany to use it for all of the cards, notes, funeral programs, mementos, etc. from my grandparents (and other family members) that I've compiled over the years. I just have the *slightest* of pack rat tendencies.
At my grandma's funeral in 2012 a picture album was getting passed around that basically chronicled her and my grandpa's years together- starting with a photo of the Knight's of Columbus Hall in D.C. where they met at a dance, including a professional picture she had taken of herself and sent to him when he was on a submarine during WWII, pictures through the years as their family grew, along with the letter she wrote to him for their 50th wedding anniversary. I loved reading the notes in the margins and captions under the pictures and was surprised to find out that my grandpa was the one who had put the album together!
Within the last few months I just found out that my mom's dad (a Civil Engineer) went back to college and re-took Calculus years after he retired just to see if he could pass it (he did!), and that my aunt's Polish dance outfit that Evie wore in May was made by my grandma. There are so many family stories and anecdotes swirling around and I would love to have a place for them to land...there's the little square of mercury-stained bar-top from my Grandpa Hadro's basement from when my older brother broke an ornament years ago- for some reason we ALWAYS went to look at it every time we went to his house and I cut it out when the bar was disassembled years later (sentimental much?), pictures of my grandma in her crossing guard outfit, and birthday cards for days (ha!). The layout won't be fancy or even in chronological order but I'll have a place to keepsake the memories and mementos as they come, and hopefully keep some of the memories alive for my girls and their cousins.
|I especially love this letterhead since it's no longer Arlington Hospital!|