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It was difficult to boil down a stranger's life down to a thirty page scrapbook. My client and I had an hour long meeting to sort and go through the story she wanted to tell about her father's life. This was the first time any scrapbook had been made for her father so we had many many pictures to pick from. We chose the big moments and then a couple of broader idea pages like "forever young" showing many pictures from his youth and other similar general themes. She wanted to also include pages where she could affix handwritten letters from her family members. Having covered what I thought was everything we parted ways.
When I got home, I first started with some research on pinterest. Feel free to check out the my scrabooking board here. I showed these images to my client. She responded well to many of them. I took the basic ideas she was attracted to and vamped off of those. She really liked the collage look with a heavy dose of layered paper craft. So I got to shopping.
With all of the supplies bought an paid for it was time to get to work. With doing a project like this it was important to have a process at the start. I broke the project up into steps. First I pulled out my notes and started to page everything out. I grouped pictures and paired them with a fun paper. Using the fun paper as inspiration I picked out the supplies for paper craft and other embellishments. After these groupings were finished I moved on to cropping all of the photos. When cropping photos make sure you have enough of the background to ground the image but not so much that the subject gets lost. After cropping I did a dry placement of the photos to check the flow of the page. I added papercraft and embellishments next, still no glue. After I had the whole page finished, I put it to the side to be tacked down later. This system allowed me to focus on what I was doing and not worry about all of the steps that needed to take place. When it came time to journal this is where I realized I should have taken more detailed notes. I forgot to ask about spellings of names and important dates. As a result, I left most of the journaling up to my client. I provided her with spaces where she could write dates and names if she so chose.
All in all this was a very rewarding project to work on and I am glad I got the opportunity to showcase the moments and memories of this families life.