M is for Me

Envy is not a good look for me.

Green is not my color and donning it at a scrapbook store is about as bad as it gets. However, one of the workers at my local shop recently returned from a scrapbooking convention in Chicago and brought back a memory album that made me incredibly jealous.

The entire book is made from scrap materials and focuses solely on the person crafting the pages. It’s not often that scrapbookers devote an entire album to themselves. In most cases, we are designing layouts and books for loved ones as gifts or chronicling the lives of our children via patterned paper, sticker, stamps and die cuts.

The album that the scrapbook store worker made in Chicago was by no means a brag book; rather, it was done with a hint of humor and aimed to give viewers a chance to get to know her better as a person. The book was a hodgepodge of photos that meant a great deal to her, but they weren’t laid out in chronological order. Rather, the pages each had a central theme, such as favorite foods, favorite movies, books and songs, etc. and she was free to employ different scrapbooking techniques to get across as much information about her as possible.

Her entire book is an amazing testament to who she is as a person, though my favorite layouts were the ones that featured her hopes for the future and her most meaningful accomplishments to date. Those page designs included inspirational quotes, a lot of journaling and several personal photographs. In addition, she crafted a two-page spread in the spirit of an ABC scrapbook. However, instead of featuring one letter per page, she adjusted the format so that 13 letters appeared on each of the two pages. Obviously, she didn’t include very many photos, but she didn’t need to. Instead she came up with one word per letter that best described her personality. It gave the book a personal touch like none I have ever seen before.

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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.