WPT#27: The Stories That Husbands Value (VIDEO)

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In this week’s pep talk, my husband returns to the hot-seat to share what’s important to him when it comes to scrapbook subject matter. What he has to say is pretty fascinating when you consider the rhetoric we use about stories and the importance of “the everyday” in scrapbooking.

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It’s your turn to talk! What do your family members think about the topics you scrapbook? Leave a comment sharing how you do or do not see eye to eye with your family. Have you shifted your focus based on what’s important to your family?

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  1. Cheri Stine

    My husband and most of my family members prefer the chronological approach to scrapbooking that I did before I started my Library of Memories system 18 months ago. Their explanations are similar: they like seeing a year unfold rather than have books just about people, or just about the places we go and I think I am the only one who is interested in my scrapping “things” (such as technology or favorite books, etc). They also agree with Jen’s husband that they like the larger stories, even if that means a layout for EVERY birthday , 4th of July picnic, etc. Raises another question: who do I scrap for? The 12 yearbook that I did last year (a BPC class) was a great compromise and I hope to do a year in review book each December.

    • Jennifer S. Wilson

      I absolutely love projects like the 12 yearbook that help you accomplish a big goal in a easy way! There are so many options today that make it quite doable to meet the whole family’s desires.

  2. Melissa Johnson

    Well, this is an easy one for me, because my husband also scrapbooks. We tend to do both – chronological, and special events. It depends, to a degree, on how many pictures there are. We have chronological scrapbooks, but we also have special ones – for instance, he’s still working on the pictures from our trip to TN, GA, and NC last fall with my mom and niece – and it may be more than one scrapbook, at the rate he’s going. We have a heritage album he did for his parents, and one I’m doing for my mom. We’ve got a scrapbook about a trip to see my best friend a few years ago, and he’s got a couple of books on his different summer mission trips with his youth group.
    We’re also a bit of an anomaly in the scrapping world because not only does he scrapbook with me, but we don’t have kids, either. So we’re scrapbooking solely for our own pleasure – so we can look back at these books later and relive all the cool memories. Maybe if we had kids, we’d be a bit more organized in our approach, I don’t know. I imagine so, if we were trying to make albums that we could pass down to a child. But since we’re not, we pretty much do what we want when we want.

    • Jennifer S. Wilson

      Thanks for sharing your story Melissa. How wonderful it must be to share your hobby with your hubby! Even for those with children, I think an inspiration-based approach is what keeps scrapbooking interesting and exciting,

  3. Linda

    I just had my first request for an album from my husband. We said good-bye to our dear kitty of 17+ years two days ago, and we’re all grieving the loss. My husband reminded me of the album that I’ve been planning to do about our kitty with all the millions of photos we’ve taken of him over the years. I know it’s important to him, and to the rest of the family, to have an album that honors the amazing place our kitty had in our hearts.

    Please thank your husband for sharing his thoughts on what’s important to him.

    • Jennifer

      So sorry for your loss Linda. Pets are such important parts of the family.

      Our dog passed away in January and I created this album using Project Life products for my husband. I assembled the photos and left all the journaling cards for him to complete, since the dog was his best girl long before me.


      • Linda

        That’s a wonderful album of Maggie! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Tina Campell

    Love that your husband will sit down and talk with you about scrapping, I don’t seem to get that pleasure from mine. Just as we don’t understand why they get excited over that special wretch I don’t expect my hubby to get excited over my craft. But we both enjoy making the moments together that I do scrap about.

    • Jennifer

      I don’t think he particularly gets excited about the creative parts, but he does appreciate the photos and wishes I would include more of his!


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