Giving Your Photos Respect

Many times when I take a picture, I already have in mind what I want to do for the scrapbook page. Sometimes, I even take pictures just because I know it will make a great layout! I also think taking pictures is important for keeping very special memories alive for a long time.

A few years ago, my husband and I, and our daughter, went out to California to see the dairy farm where my Father-in-law grew up. There were eight kids in his family, and he spent a lot of his childhood at a neighbor’s farm working and sleeping there. He has very fond memories of that lifestyle, and it is very much a part of who he is today. My husband had been to this tiny town in California before, but I had never been. I was so excited to see where all of those special memories came from. I was so excited to have my camera.

One of the things my Father-in-law was so proud of was the fact that the fence that he helped build as a child was still there. I can only imagine how satisfying that must of been to take us back there, along with one of his grandchildren, and tell us about building that fence. Of course, I had to pull out my camera and take a picture of him and my husband along that fence.

When I got home, and got around to scrapbooking that page, I knew I wanted a title for it that gave the fence and the memory the respect it deserved. So, I titled the layout, “One Fine Fence”. I wanted that picture to be the only picture on the page. I matted it with paper, and placed it on the coordinating cardstock. To give the page something special that would make it stand out, I decided I would “build a fence” with scrapbook paper. Sometimes, the ideas in my head do not always turn out exactly like I would want, but this one did, and it made me love the page even more!

I cut out 3 long strips of patterned paper that matched the paper behind the photo. Then, I thought it needed a little something more to make it pop. So, I matted that paper with black cardstock. Then, I took the strips of paper, and left one end squared off, and one end I cut at an angle. Then, I took two shorter strips and did the same. I matted them, and cut them the same way that I cut the long strips. Next, I laid the three long strips horizontally as if I was building a fence, then took the two shorter strips and placed them on top of the 3 long ones at each end, vertically. I had built a fence! I took some small round epoxy stickers that were orange, and matched the papers and placed those on the short strips as if they were the nails. I was done!

Last, I added journaling with the date, and I journaled about how special that fence was. The page was complete. It made me happy to make something so special from a memory that was so special to him and to us. And besides, it was in fact, One Fine Fence.

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at