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Recollections: A Scrapbook and Guide of Creating Your Own Family Album Hardcover – June 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0811827454 ISBN-10: 0811827453

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811827453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811827454
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,434,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sallyann J. Murphey is the author of several books, including Bean Blossom Dreams, the story of her life on an Indiana farm. Formerly a producer with the BBC, she lives in Indiana with her husband and daughter.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on June 20, 2000
A dear cousin gave me this album as a "bread and butter" gift, so I promptly began to fill it with mementos of our mutual family. About halfway through, I decided to order another to create a memory book of my 45-year-old marriage, so I ordered another. I guess that proves how much I like it.
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on June 17, 2000
Even if you've kept scrapbooks and albums for years, as I have, Sallyann Murphey's album and box will be a welcome addition to your collections. It comes as a large scrapbook filled with blank pages (100 of them, all archival quality) in a beautifully decorated box. There's also a booklet -- 32 pages of suggestions of ways to put your own memories together.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2002
A great gift for any occasion. It includes a beautiful album with numerous empty pages to fill. The included guide gives many suggestions. The price is good for all that you receive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Cortelyou on January 7, 2008
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The blank album is beauiful however the advice in the book is greatly outdated and to be expected since it was published in 2000. Note you can't find protective sleeves for the pages since it's an off size and the advice for genealogy software is outdated. It's a good buy for the album and it does contain good ideas to get started but she really should have left genealogy alone...hasn't a clue.
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This is very nice. Good for geneology....not exactly what I wanted it for but will give as a wedding gift!
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