Scrapbooking: Finding Common Ground

Do you ever find yourself with orphaned photos? You know, those pictures that you really like, but just don’t have enough of to make a page. I wrote earlier on a couple of ways to scrap them, but when I can, I try to find some common ground. Yes, it could be as simple as that they’re all of the same person, but “same person” doesn’t necessarily make for a very interesting page. Is there something else the photos have in common? One of Eli’s miscellaneous pages is all about his hats. The pictures don’t have anything else to do with each other, but it made for a good page and allowed me to chronicle something that is uniquely him.

On the page here, I had a lot of Lizzie photos that didn’t seem to go anywhere. Poor Lizzie. While being the youngest usually means they’re spoiled a little more than the older ones (as one of the ‘older’ ones, I firmly believe that!), it also often means that theirs is the last scrapbook to be worked on. I should probably start getting double prints so that those of all the kids together don’t get used up before they get to her.

It took me awhile, but I finally realized that all these photos were taken while we were on field trips. We homeschool, so most of our outings are ‘field trips‘, but these really were academically related. The page is pretty simple, without a lot of embellishment. That’s on purpose because the photos are diverse and I wanted the focus on them instead of the layout. The shape is what adds interest, and I carried it from the cropped photos to the overall layout. I used ‘school-y’ paper to further emphasize the academic nature of the photos.

A bonus for us is that our state requires that homeschoolers be tested or assessed annually. We use the latter option. Chronicling their achievements in their scrapbooks serves as an easy record for the assessor.

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