16 September 2008

My First Scrapbook

For years now, my parents have wanted to clear out their attic. Mom had told me that the attic was mostly filled with my mementos, but I was skeptical. Since she passed away, Dad and I have been on a mission to clear out stuff, and last week he finished taking all the boxes down from the attic. Sure enough, 90% of it was mine...my old Halloween costumes, dance costumes, Tiger Beat magazines, school papers (not just a few...EVERYTHING from elementary through graduate school), and more!

Of course, all of my stuff came home with me, so our garage is now filled with these interesting treasures, not the least of which is my very first scrapbook. I got this scrapbook when I was very young (maybe around three) and worked on it very sporadically until I was about seven years old. I shared it with some scrapbooking friends at our store's book club last week. My friend, Fonda, suggested that I put the pages into page protectors and put them back into the album. I will do that very soon.



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This is the cover. It's in very good shape, considering the extreme heat and cold of the attic.
Here is my first layout! Notice the straight lines! :-)

Okay, this one is a little busy, but notice that like items are grouped together...



Here is my first two-page layout! Good color coordination, methinks. :-)

Here's another two-pager, this one in green. You can definitely tell that these pictures are from the 1960's!

Okay, I'm not sure what prompted this two-page spread, although I do remember putting this one in the scrapbook. My friends at Book Club thought that maybe I liked the colors of these bras. Although they are not in rainbow color order! :-)

This is a dog-themed page. Note the technical caption in the upper left corner "Unknowen Stuffed Toy Dog." I actually had a stuffed toy dog that looked a lot like that photo. In fact, I rescued it from the attic a few years ago. :-)

This is my scouting page. I was involved in Girl Scouts at the time, and (this being the 1960's), I was also keenly aware of social issues and equal rights. Notice that both girls and boys are represented!

This is a coupon collage. Notice there is no tilting! :-)

I haven't quite figured out the theme of this page. But notice the trendy
strip of text and use of arrows!

And I"ll leave you with this one: An interesting juxtaposition of FDS Feminine Hygiene Spray and Kenner See-A-Show cartoon strips. Everyone at Book Club agreed that I must have chosen the FDS picture because of the pretty container. I think we'll go with that!

Our garage is full of many more boxes awaiting exploration. Although I probably should not have kept all of this stuff, looking through it is actually a real treat. It's amazing how much you suddenly remember when you see and touch mementos from your childhood.

15 comments:

Ryzmomplus2 said...

I love it! What a blast to your past!

Lily said...

omg, how wonderful!

Connie said...

I have all of my Tigerbeat and 16 magazines, too, Janet. Just can't part with them!

Love the early layouts!

Judy said...

How wonderful to be able to go back and cherish those memories one more time. The scrapbook is awesome. What talent you had way back when. Thanks for sharing with us. I wonder if anyone will scraplift any of your layouts! HA

:: gingerkitty :: said...

looks like we have the same album! I did the same thing when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing namaste

Benita said...

How cool that you scrapbooked way back when! And even cooler that your parents kept it. Love your pages :)

Sarah C. said...

What a treasured find! Love all the straight lines. :) And LOL about the bras & FDS. Enjoy going through those boxes. I would bring them all home too. Doesn't mean you have to keep it all, but you can certainly enjoy the treasure hunt. And scrap about it. ;)

Lynn said...

That is truly an amazing find Janet! I wish I could find that kind of stuff. When my parents moved from FL to NY the movers lost a ton of our boxes most which contained our family photos and such. Cherish the memories. It sure does feel good.

Kristina said...

Very cool! I have all of my scrapbooks from my childhood and like you, inherited them to my house when my mom passed away and we were clearing out her house. Thanks for giving me the idea of photographing them. I'm putting it on my to do list.

Heather said...

This is amazing! I love coming across stuff like this at my mom's house. I hope some day my son will feel the same way about discovering all the things I'm squirreling away for him!

toners said...

Wow! How cool is this??? What a great find!!

pam g. said...

Janet, that is such a cool album, you showed such talent... it was inevitible you would be a scrapbooker. You still live the geometric lines, etc.. So much fun to look back, isn't it?? I enjoyed it!

Darcey said...

What a cool find. God Bless your Mom for saving these things:)

Linda said...

This is such a cool thing to have and reminisce about. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Cheri said...

Love it! That's a great glimpse into "little Janet" :)