Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 11/28/2012 7:43:59 PM|
So I am in the process of making a scrapbook for my grandmom for Christmas. This is pretty much the most involved gift I have ever made for someone.
I really need advice on journaling. Any advice on what kind of things to put? Like on the old pictures of her when I wasn't even alive... And I want to write the journaling to her like a letter, but that might be weird for other people to read later?
Also if you have done this, how did that person react? Did they love it and "get it"? I am kind of concerned that I am spending all of this time, and she's not going to appreciate it as much as I would hope. If that makes sense.
Really, any advice would be appreciated!
Loc: NorthCentral PA
|Posted: 11/28/2012 7:59:53 PM|
My grandmother is long gone...but if I had that opportunity, I would make the book, and leave all of the journaling spots blank...then let her tell the stories, and fill them in with her words.
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 11/28/2012 8:04:04 PM|
Hmm...that's a really neat idea! I might just do that for the layouts with her old pictures.
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Loc: So. Cal.
|Posted: 11/28/2012 8:11:51 PM|
You might even think about doing it with her, at least as far as the journaling goes.
I've given a few scrapbooks but it was about my little one to her various grandparents. They loved it & totally got it. My MIL was showing hers off when she could & seemed to love sharing it with others.
Loc: The City That Never Sleeps
|Posted: 11/28/2012 9:08:09 PM|That sounds like a wonderful gift. I made one for my sister and gave it to her a little early. I made it for her to put all of the photos of her grandchildren in, and I started her off by putting a few photos in it for her. The rest of the book is layouts and journaling spots, which I left for her to do. I included a journaling idea book. Oh, did she cry!
For your great-grandmother, maybe you could go through the photos with her and record/videotape her comments and stories. Then you could fill in the journaling for her if she can't, and you could include a CD of the recorded stories.
Enjoy that precious time with your great-grandmother. Mine passed away when I was 5, and I never knew any other great-grandparents. Both my grandfathers died before I was born, and I don't have any grandmas left. I am so grateful for all the stories my grandmother told me when I was little. I now pass some of them on to my children. They are precious memories.
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|Posted: 11/28/2012 9:19:48 PM|
I think what you are making for your grandmom is a wonderful idea. I think it is up to you how you want to journal. But I do like the other peas idea of doing it together. I am a grandma and would love to get a scrapbook from my grandchild(they are not old enough yet!). I make scrapbooks every year for my SIL and my DS and his wife. They love them!!! Have fun doing it!!! PS I see that you are from NJ also. Were you effected by Sandy?
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Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 11/28/2012 9:46:36 PM|
My family made out pretty well thankfully! Just a few ceiling leaks and a branch messed up our fence a little. How did you make out? It's funny you mentioned sandy bc my grandmom actually came to stay with us for the storm. And I had to hide everything I was working on haha.
Thanks everyone for your input so far! The thing is, I do want it to be an actual surprise for her...
|Posted: 11/28/2012 11:05:24 PM|I'm with bgpa. I made a few scrapbooks this year that I'm giving fir Xmas next month. I have left many journaling spots so that the person I give it to can write about the photo/experience themselves. with your grandma, this is probably a good opportunity for you to hear some stories from her past!
|Posted: 11/29/2012 7:37:37 AM|
I made one for my Grandma. I was making it for both my Grandma and Grandpa when he died suddenly of a heart attack in October. I decided to finish it and give it to her anyway. She loved it except for the pictures of her and my Grandpa, which made her cry.
I had been makeing it in a sort of family tree format with each of their kids getting a page plus pages for her and my grandpa, their siblings and parents.
A few years later when my grandma died, my aunt brought it to the lunch after the funeral. The male siblings had never seen it before and had a great time going through it and telling stories to all of us that were triggered by the photos.
After the lunch, they gave the scrapbook back to me, which I thought was very kind.
I've made a lot of others for my parents and friends - everyone loves them and knows I put a ton of time, money and love in them. I was even asked to make a scrapbook for our pastor and his family when they had been with our church for 5 years.
Loc: Up the North Shore
|Posted: 11/29/2012 7:51:57 AM|
I make one very year(for the last 4 years) for my mom. Its trip we take out to Montana to see my sister. It is one of my most time consuming gift but my mom loves it. She herself takes ton of pictures and loves being able to show it off.
I also make calanders for mother inlaw and my mom.
For the journaling, why not leave it open and after shs opens the gift, sit down and youwrite it while she tells you?
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA
|Posted: 11/29/2012 8:00:00 AM|
Is it possible to sit with her prior to Christmas and just kind of ask her about things? You can note or record without her really knowing its for a scrapbook. That way also, you'd have that information for any journaling you'd want to do for yourself.
Your scrapbook is a fantastic idea though! I think I'll start a mini one for my mum and send it down to her!
Loc: Queens NYC
|Posted: 11/29/2012 8:09:26 AM|
i did a wedding scrapbook as a bridal shower gift and at the party everyone wrote in the journal so she knew which pix to add to which page it was fun but i wont do it again it got costly
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|Posted: 11/29/2012 8:26:56 AM|
I think she will love it
My Pastor passed away and we were so close to him .I made one for his wife .He got our new church started and he loved watching it go up .when he passed away she moved away .My family still visits her and when she came back for the dedication of the new church I gave it to her .He was such a inspiration to my son .He decided he wanted to into ministry.I had lots of picture of him when he was young .I did do lots of journaling but left room for her to do some too .He loved kids so I had lots of pictures of him holding them and took before and after pictures of the church .I am not sure she liked it but it was beautiful and well done if I have to say so my self .I even did a few pages of the words to his favorite songs .I don't have any regrets with all the time it took .It was good for me
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|Posted: 11/29/2012 9:57:00 AM|
I've done it! It's time consuming and expensive. It's really worth it for the recipient. I did a mix of journaling for the pages (written like a letter) and some pages I just included blank journaling cards. It was 80 pages long. ALOT of work but my father-in-law loved it.
I also I make albums for the grandmothers and aunts every Christmas. Everyone lives in a different city so they all basically look the same. It's easier to do multiples of a layout than to make 100 different pages.
Supposedly everyone appreciates it .... supposedly .... but I don't buy anything else for them.
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal
|Posted: 11/29/2012 11:00:15 AM|
Last year I made 3 identical mini books for my mom/dad, Nana, and aunt. They were Christmas themed and just had pictures of DH and I that were taken that year at Disneyland during the holiday time. I didn't put journalling though, because I didn't know what to say. Just embellishments and stuff.
I THINK they got it. My family really just like to have the pictures of us, so I'm sure the "trappings" didn't really matter. And Nana was guaranteed to like anything I make so yeah. It IS a crazy amount of work though, I totally know what you're going through. And I did it THREE TIMES exactly the same! UGH! Never again, I can tell you that much.
Loc: Lost in thought
|Posted: 11/29/2012 12:10:25 PM|
For my dear grandmother's 90th birthday, I collected pics of all her children & grandchildren & made a 6x6 mini, photo on 1 side, a note from them on the other. Since the family was from all over the country, we were still putting the final touches on it as she arrived. Oh, yes, she "got it," and loved it. Wrote me a lovely note saying how she enjoyed sharing it with her friends back home, which I still have.
I was so glad we had gotten together & done it, as her eldest daughter passed from cancer some months later, and my grandmother herself several months after that. That she'd had a tangible expression of love from all of us to enjoy in her final year was beyond priceless. Treasure this time together....
I've been a dilettante, but I'm thinking of dabbling in something else.
|Posted: 11/29/2012 12:32:23 PM|
I'm making an album for my grandmother for Christmas right now - about her visiting me in Sweden for the first time this summer. I'm sure she will love it even though she's not the crafty type herself, nor the emotional type. I can envision her taking out to coffee and bowling to show off to all of her friends (or at least I hope she does!).
I understand that you want to keep the project a secret. I would suggest that journaling from your perspective is still very important - write about the questions you have, your wonderings and so forth. As others have mentioned, you could leave some pre-determined journaling spots for her to fill in later, too.
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 11/29/2012 7:06:21 PM|
Thanks for all the advice ladies! I've started including quotes about families for the older pictures. And about how I'm sure I would have loved her parents even though I never met them...stuff like that.
I would love to see what you are working on! Are they the recent layouts in your projects gallery?
Loc: Long Island, New York
|Posted: 11/29/2012 7:55:08 PM|I didn't make a Christmas present scrapbook, but I made my favorite boss one when she left for a better position. That's how I started scrapping.
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 11/29/2012 8:03:19 PM|
That's awesome. Did she seem to appreciate it?
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Loc: Texas y'all
|Posted: 12/1/2012 11:53:05 PM|
I made my SIL an album of her granddaughters. It is an 8.5 x11 3-ring album and I bought extra inserts so i can add pages from time to time for her. She loves it!