I had to create my 'least common layout'. The assignment involves going through the completed layouts you have in your scrapbooks and figuring out 'what's missing'! The idea is that your layouts tell your stories. Are you missing the stories about "Us", "Places", "People" or "Things" in your life? And when you document a story on your layout through journalling, which of the 5 "W's" do you omit most often?
Turns out for me, I am missing the stories about "People", meaning the people outside of our immediate family that we associate with and love. The reason I'm missing out on these stories is because I tend to focus my layouts on "Us" - meaning me, my husband, and our kids. But without including our extended family and friends in my scrapbooks - I am not telling the whole story. And the "W" that I miss most often in my journalling is the "Why" - why is the event or story significant?
So - I set out to complete the assignment by creating a layout that included my least common elements - "People" and "Why".
I was flipping through photos and found these pics taken of my grandparents (my childrens' great-grandparents) at Christmas in 2008. I was immediately inspired (even though the photos are not great) to create a layout about 'why' they are so special to us and how blessed we are that my kids get to know & love their great grandparents! (My great grandmother is actually still alive, as well - she turns 100 this year - I'll have to do a layout about her too!!)
I used this week's sketch from the Design Dollies for my layout.
(sorry about the flash reflection on the photo. if you want to enlarge - just click on the image)
Materials Used (all Close to My Heart):