Scrapbooking about Difficult Subjects (Q&A)

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It’s Q&A month and I’m answering your biggest questions about life, business, and simple scrapbooking.

Q&A with Jennifer Wilson | Scrapbooking about Difficult Subjects

How would you handle photos of a former family member in your albums?

Life has so much twists and turns that we tend to have photos of people who are no longer part of the family. It can be awkward, for sure. You want to represent life authentically, but you don’t necessarily want to dredge up difficult feelings and sometimes not even look at the person.

I tend to address these issues with hidden photos and/or journaling. This is where I’ll employ covers, flaps, pockets, and envelopes to contain memories that don’t always need to be on public display. I have found this very effective in helping me feel secure about how I approached the topic. If a page is already completed, you can even add a sheet of patterned paper over the top so that you don’t have to see the layout every time.

One other approach I take often is the use of surrogate images. You can scrapbook about a person without using specific photos of that person. Use a photo of another person (including yourself), a place, or a thing to relate to that person and then tell your story mostly with words. This can soften the challenge while still feeling like you gave the story a proper place and context.

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1 Comment

  1. Gab

    Great suggestions


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