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ScrappeaCappie

Member Since November 2006, 110 forum posts, 18 public projects

Location: North Texas

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Jane Austen's Scrapbook-Challenge!

What would Jane Austen's Scrapbook have looked like 

Can you just imagine it... In her handwriting her plots and scandals for her characters, bits of cloth from a gown, ribbons from her hair when she was a girl... Love letters from her suitors because we know she did have a lovelife. Stories of her family, friends, their births, marriages, decrees, deaths... Maybe some sketches and drawings of her dreams, characters, fashion designs of the times...  lithographs of her family and ancestors,  stories of her loves, losses, disappointments, political view... And most certainly  wicked & witty  tales of gossip and scandal of the period.  A meaningful inspiration piece of poetry or prose, a bit of Shakespeare maybe interwined with bits of Victorian artwork from newspapers and books.  In between sheets of parchment a pressed flower  or two from a suitors hand??

What would she have used for adhesive? Would she have used a leather bound, or hardbound book? An old ledger book castoff from her father's office, or a small book covered with fabric or silk with a ribbon sewn on a tie to keep it held closed.

Let  your mind wonder and creat a layout using "Old World" style embellishments, aged,distressed, time worn papers, Victorian style cherubs, flowers. Tell the tale of an ancestor-maybe one whose story was more colorful than others ---like the great great uncle that was a gambler, or the great great great grandmother that forged her own way in the wild frontier and carved a home in an inhospitable land. If  you have pictures, use them! If not maybe draw what he/she would look like-or copy a picture from a historical reference that represents the era. I have yet to do my own challenge, but I have also not found the stuff to use for it. There are so many resources out there regarding preservation of historical photographs,  legacy scrapbooking, and geneaology. Gather your resources and sit down one  too hot to be outside day like we've had this whole week here (105 is the top temp) and take a walk through the past. Have fun

My father, mother, and uncle all worked together to create a wonderful notebook of my father and uncles family history. Those old black and white, sepia toned unsmiling people had a story, and even though they are long gone their legacy lives within me, within my brother and now within his children. Preserved in our DNA and preserved in a book for us to look at enjoy and remember our  past. So before it  is too late and those little darlings are too busy to care about their ancestory, write the stories for them.

Memory Lane: Last year we attended a wedding in Chapel Hill, My cousin got married to a lovely woman, and the wedding was in this historical church, the reception in an old house that had once belonged to a Civil War General-General Browning and our great greats were friends with the Brownings. It was neat to walk the same halls that an ancestor might have, sit in rooms where ancestors may have slept and stayed for extended visits... I wandered thru the Plantation and imagined myself walking around its halls in its glory days of pre Civil War.  There were some portraits on the wall in the mainhall. The unsmiling stern faces of older photographs always amuse me. Why didn't they smile? I've heard that it's because it took so long for the film to process that it was easier to just sit unsmiling than to hold a smile until the film had processed. And the process was quite expensive so photos were taken at only momentous occasions: births, weddings, birthdays, anniversary, family reunions, and even deaths. Once i get all organized I will post some pictures of the Browning Plantation and the wedding shots I took.

Thanks, Crystal J.!  I was inspired to create layouts about my family's past when I saw the picture of that old scrapbook. I plan on gathering some old photos from the family history books that are sequestered in "high security" at my mother's..Now if I can just convice her to let me "borrow" the history book and make copies of the pictures in it for my own scrapbook (will probably have to sign some kind of affidavit/waiver to get it from her!)

Jules (scrappeacappie)

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New Horizon

All I can say is being on 'vacation' has not been as much fun as I had hoped. I am daily applying for jobs. I have also completed two projects around my home that I have ignored forever and I have completed my scrapbook projects. and even done some organizing (say it isn't so!).

"Leaps of Faith lead us to marvelous new places."

Jules

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The Dawn of a new Day

Today I left my job of Nine years. What I thought would be a 'career til death' turned really sour really fast. So now I have a leeetle extra free time...such as it is. I have an idea I am working on designing my own paper and stuff, making up for lost time on some scrapbook projects. I took the KOTM, Not Your Ordinary Stamp collection and am using the Months to make an art journal for my very best friend. Sort of a year in the life thing. When i get it all done will post it up on here and share my meager knowledge. Art Journals are a great way to use up bits and pieces and be creative, because well, they don't have to be perfect or "matchy-matchy" or all the same theme. I also am working on altered Letters I had two Js in my office and now I've made A, C, E, H, J (another one), K, R. And I made  N for a student at school she already had the letter, so I deocrated it for her, all girly pink too that was fun since I don't get to do girly pinks much. So the next few weeks will be spent looking for a new job and working on my lapsed projected around the house.

Jules

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