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Recollections: A Scrapbook and Guide of Creating Your Own Family Album
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RECOLLECTIONS: A SCRAPBOOK AND GUIDE FOR CREATING YOUR OWN FAMILY ALBUM is more than a box with a book full of blank pages. It does include a cloth-bound book of 100 archival-quality pages, and a box for treasures ( beautifully decorated with collages from Sallyann Murphey's book THE METCALF FAMILY ALBUM), but it's the booklet full of instructions and ideas for creating a truly valuable family memento that makes the all the difference. If you enjoyed the Metcalf book, here's your chance to create something similar for your heirs.
"The kit is designed," author Murphey writes, "to help recapture some of the treasures of our heritage." Then she proceeds to show you just how to do that, as well as how to select material and fill in missing pieces of your story. She guides you through the process not only with design suggestions, but with explicit directions on which materials are safe and which aren't. I found the section on rescuing old albums especially informative and useful!
Murphey helps the scrapbooker get organized, then tells how to put the resulting puzzle together. She gives web addresses for genealogical research and makes constructive suggestions on how to interview relatives.She even addresses subjects like how to balance the page when you're putting the pieces together, using color to unify the project, and suggests a basic tool kit of items you need to create your masterpiece.Read more ›
I received mine as a gift from a newly-found cousin. I am putting it together as a collection of the part of the family that I share with her, It begins with our mutual grandfather (several generations back) and once it arrives in the present, I'll continue it as that part of our history unfolds.
I've ordered another to put together for my marriage. That one will begin with our wedding and, like the first album, I'll add to it as the years unfold. I suspect I'll order others once these two are well underway.
The reasons I'll select RECOLLECTIONS over others? First, the size of the memory album --it's perfect for photos and memorabilia. Second, Murphey's booklet, which is included and is full of information and inspiration. The booklet begins with an introduction in which Murphey describes her motivation for presenting the album in this form as well as ways it can be used. She goes on to describe how to catalogue, organize, protect, store and preserve your treasures. Then she gives tips on how to fill in gaps you encounter and how to reconstruct the past with "less-than-perfect" evidence.
As you continue, you encounter suggestions on how to set up your workstation with tools and techniques to make your own album special. Then there are suggestions about written entries, including the selection of narrative details to add life to your family history.Read more ›