The History of Mother’s Day in the United States

Many families celebrate Mother’s Day every year. Have you ever wondered how Mother’s Day got started? Who thought of it? How did it get declared a holiday? Was it always celebrated the way we celebrate it today in the United States? The official Mother’s Day holiday, as we know it today, was started by Anna Jarvis. In 1905, her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Daughter Anna Jarvis wanted there to be a way to honor the sacrifices that mothers made for their children. It took financial backing before that dream was realized. John Wanamaker was a department store owner in … Continue reading

When is Mother’s Day Celebrated?

What day do you celebrate Mother’s Day? The answer to that question depends upon where in the world you live. Or, it could be based on where your mother is currently living. Many countries celebrate Mother’s Day but not all of them do it on the same day. This presents a dilemma for families who have relatives in more than one country. How do you know which Mother’s Day to celebrate? Do you use the one that matches with the country your mother lives in? What if that date isn’t the same one where you live? Mother’s Day is celebrated … Continue reading

Embellishing Mother’s Day Layouts

One of the sweetest Mother’s Day gifts I ever received was a scrapbook layout featuring various pictures of my daughter and a slew of her homemade art projects. My sister-in-law did an amazing job creating a photo collage using my daughter’s artsy masterpieces to embellish the page, along with several cute quotes detailing why she loves her mommy so much. Sniff, sniff. I love that layout. Fortunately, the page design is easy to duplicate for a mother of one or many. The collage requires at least five stand-out photos which can be placed in a random shape. You could also … Continue reading

Embellishing Layouts with Words

Around here the holidays are all about the kids. As I look back at seasonal scrapbooks I’ve made since giving birth, there are very few layouts that don’t include at least few rugrats running around making merry in some form or another. Even more telling about my scrapbooking technique is the fact that most of the pages that include children also feature quotes or inspirational sayings that tie into the kid-centered design. Using famous or familiar words is one of the cheapest ways to embellish a scrapbook page. You can print them out at home and use them as a … Continue reading

Memorial Day Scrapbooking

Memorial day celebrations are plenty. With parades, commemoration ceremonies, flag ceremonies and barbecues, there are many things to take photographs of. Honoring the men and women who lay their lives on the line for us, is an important part of being an American. This day is special in so many ways. When you sit down to create a layout for Memorial day, it is great to include all the photographs from the different events that you attended or celebrated. However, there is much more you can do to make your layouts reflect the true meaning of the day. Perhaps when … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Week in Review for May 5-11, 2008

The weather has been somewhat more cooperative this week, but still we are plagued with rain that seems as if it won’t quit on some days. I am so tired of rain, yet have used the bad weather as an excuse to hang out with my kids, create more memories and overall spend some extra time scrapbooking. Here is what has been going on in the scrapbooking blog this week of May 5 – 11, 2008. How to Get Great Pictures The question is often asked, “How do I get great pictures?”. There is no need to be an expert … Continue reading

Dear Gentlemen, Mother’s Day Is Coming

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Today I’d like to have a quick chat with the gentlemen because we have just under a month (4 weeks from yesterday to be exact) until May 13. Mother’s Day is a holiday that celebrates the mothers in our lives. Our mothers, our grandmothers, our mothers-in-laws and for our husbands – it’s a day to honor their wives and the mother of their children. Get a Step Ahead of the Rest You can get a step ahead of the rest this Mother’s Day by taking the time now to plan for what you will do … Continue reading

Celebrate Mom

Mom relaxing on vacation. Mom making her famous mac and cheese. Mom planting petunias. Mom hugging it out with family and friends. Gather ye mom-themed photos as you may for you don’t have much time to arrange them into a special layout for Mother’s Day. Regardless of your crafting capabilities, you can’t go wrong putting together a memory-filled page design for mom on her special day. Really. Think about it; you could give the woman a rock or a piece of lint and she’d still smile graciously and assure you that “it’s the thought that counts.” To make the project … Continue reading

Say It With Flowers

Yesterday my second grader selected the Valentine’s Day cards and treats she plans to gift to her classmates in about, oh, three weeks or so. Given that Wal-Mart, Target and Walgreens have been selling Valentine’s Day paraphernalia since December 27th, I figured we’re far from ahead of the curve. Not far from the Scooby-Doo, Snoopy and Smurf cards were two gigantic displays of Love Day-themed scrapbook embellishments. Two gigantic displays of overpriced Love Day-themed embellishments. Personally, I don’t craft more than two Valentine’s Day-themed layouts per year, so my wallet is not screaming out in pain after coughing up the … Continue reading

Oh Baby, Baby!

Twins! One of the moms from my scrapbooking group recently gave birth to healthy twin girls. I finally got to meet them last week. They are much tinier than I had anticipated, but are still cute as can be. Despite being overwhelmed by the constant feedings and diaper changing, the twins’ mom is doing something I would never consider attempting three weeks post partum: She’s piecing together the twins’ first scrapbook. She received a ton of baby-themed scrapbooking supplies during her shower, but I didn’t think she would get crafting so soon after giving birth. Apparently, she doesn’t want to … Continue reading