Wednesday, April 25, 2007

When I Grow Up Mini Album

Welcome all; I am glad you will be participating through this walk down memory lane. The goal of this mini-album will compare and contrast the innocent dreams of the woman you thought you’d become and the realistic sense of your present self. The album will be extremely personal and will be a good reflection of growth throughout life as ideas of oneself often change. What you once thought would be rewarding might not be reality, and this reality will probably change in the future. The evolution of thought, ideas, and perception about becoming a woman, professional, and/or mother intermingle and provide a constant source of growth. For those of us who have daughters, nieces, and/or granddaughters I see this journal to be able to help answer questions as the view of themselves evolve.

Since we all come from different backgrounds and have different family dynamics I will try and provide journaling prompts which can be filled out by all. Don’t be afraid to change the question or journal about anything else if you feel the question doesn’t pertain to you. If you’re a SAHM that has never had a job, please understand that I am referring to mom when I say ‘career’ because I believe that being a SAHM is a job. I will post one journaling prompt per day.

Album Materials:
- 6x6 album {pre-made spiral bound, or simply sheets of chipboard cut down to size with
cardstock middles {use binder rings, ribbon, etc, to hold album together, or traditional
album with page protectors}
- 7 12x12pages of coordinating patterned paper {6 inside, 1 cover if applicable}
- (10) 4x4 photos of anything you wish
- Two embellies of choice to repeat through entire album {flowers and buttons or ribbons and rub-ons, word stickers or etc.}. If you want to use more embellies than this, it’s up to you. It’s all about one’s style and the amount of flow you want throughout the album.
- 10 “matching” journaling mats. These can be anything and should vary according to style. If you want to buy something: Autumn Leaves Foofala sells rubon journaling panels, several companies sell journaling stamps, Hambly sells transparencies that you can journal on.
For something free: look on digital freebie sites for journaling cards. You can draw lines on the patterned paper and journal on there even for another inexpensive solution. {I have the word matching in quotation marks because this is all according to style and flow, they don’t have to match.}

I decided that it was best for me to assemble the whole album together {I didn’t really use coordinating patterned paper because this was all I had} and add the journaling each day. I am not sure which photos to use and so I will add those probably later. I have no photos from my childhood in my hands and so those will wait until I visit my mother’s house. I might decide on photos of objects instead of myself.

Here is my album with no photos or journaling: The brand is SEI and it is an album that is attached to the inside of a box. I tried to stick with lighter patterned papers that wouldn’t detract from the journaling or photos. I will use the same type of journaling throughout the album. I am going to use a chipboard journaling panel {brand Autumn Leaves French Twist} to summarize the daily prompt with and journal on lines of paint in the middle of the 6x6 page. The embellishments I am going to use are white photo corners that I will use to frame the photo on the right hand page. I will always keep the journaling on the left page and the photo on the right hand side of the page.

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