Documenting the American Dream


Summer is primetime for moving. What’s more, with the record-low interest rates currently being offered on home loans, an increasing amount of renters are taking the leap into home ownership.

Purchasing a home for the first time is a major milestone in a person’s life and warrants thorough documentation. If you are a scrapbooker, then this new chapter in your life is especially momentous as you can use it to create a memory book you will treasure forever.

Crafting a new home-themed scrapbook is not as challenging as it may sound. Actually, if you document the process from start to finish, you will have plenty of material to feature in a standard scrapbook.

If you are in need of inspiration for layouts, consider the following:

Timeline: A great idea for a single or double page layout is to create a timeline of all of your previous residences leading up to the purchase of your new home. Add photos of your past rentals and include the dates you lived at each. Then, finish with a large photo of your new place.

Journaling: Have someone take a photo of you with the keys to your new home and feature it on a page with a large journaling block detailing how you feel about your life-altering purchase. What made you decide to become a homeowner? What were the greatest challenges? How did you feel when you signed the last of the loan documents? What did you do on your first night in your new home?

Famous Quotes: If you don’t have the time to journal, then use quotes to jazz up your layouts. The Internet is teeming with famous home-themed sayings, including:

“It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”–Author Unknown

“A good home must be made, not bought.”–Joyce Maynard

“I think that when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.”–Oprah Winfrey

“May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.”–Author Unknown

“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”–Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.”–Harold B. Lee

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.