My grandmother passed away earlier this month and as my family mourned our loss, we went through her (dozens and dozens) of scrapbooks to prepare for her memorial service. My grandmother was a documenter. She kept personal diaries starting at 16 which includes the days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, dating my grandfather, and daily life in Hawaii at the time. After marrying my grandfather and moving to Los Angeles, my grandmother really got into photography.
She created a very detailed scrapbook that documenting a visit from her parents before her first baby was born. She included very detailed journaling next to each photo, brochure, and token included in the scrapbook. She included a table of contents at the front of the book documenting the road trips and day trips they took all over California as a “pre-baby” vacation.
I didn’t take many photos, but I did take a few that I wanted to share. I think these highlight some of the amazing things that she included in her scrapbook and how it’s held up after so many years.
The pages are not in page protectors, so it’s easy to remove the photos, touch the brochures, and to see how much care must’ve gone into making this album…I know when I’m putting together albums that should be in chronological order, I generally mess up and need to reorganize my pages.
I love that she used a red pen throughout the entire album (the album cover is red, too) and that she used matching red photo corners! Such good coordination. When she didn’t use photo corners, she used plain invisible tape. I hope this gives other scrapbookers confidence to go ahead and use whatever pens/markers and adhesive they want when creating. While archive-safe products are awesome, if you don’t have the money to buy new supplies or are short on time, don’t hesitate to just get to work.
A roll of film was lost during this trip, so my grandmother included these small photo cards in her scrapbook. I was inspired by the stacked images (plus hidden journaling!) and included a similar feature in a travel album. You can see the slideshow of my version here.
The ‘before and after’ comparison of the Griffith Park Observatory is such a cool thing to include. I am thinking that I need to include a similar set of photos for an iconic place during our next trip, wherever that may be.
I am a big fan of including “stuff” in my scrapbooks and it was really interesting to see that my grandmother was the same way. She included train tokens, a menu from a restaurant they visited (including check marks next to the food they ordered!), a bag of sand from the beach, and the train schedule from the time they rode down to San Diego (with marks indicating which train they took!).
The brochure above is a program from one of the nights they went to the Hollywood Bowl to see a singer from Hawaii. She taped the program into her album and used the ticket from that night as a way to encourage the viewer to flip to read more about the performers. It’s super creative and it shows what the programs looked like “back in the day” and how the prices have changed over time. She included journaling about how people take picnics to the Hollywood Bowl and spend the better part of the afternoon there enjoying the atmosphere…which is what continues to happen to this day! The picnics may be a little fancier now and the prices are certainly higher, but traditions last a long time.
There are dozens of other scrapbooks and so many fantastic things included in each one, but these examples are the ones I know I will be using for upcoming albums and projects.