Monday, January 13, 2014

A Start On Daddy's Childhood Album

Several months ago, Daddy loaned me all Grandma's old photo albums, the kind with the sticky pages and a piece of plastic to cover the photos! I'm slowly (very slowly actually) removing the photos from those albums and sorting them by individual or family or location or event. So far, I've gotten the photos out of three albums . . . and have about ten to go!

One of the groups of photos includes Daddy's childhood portraits and school pictures. I decided to make an 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook with photos from Daddy's childhood and these photos seemed the perfect (and easiest) ones to start with. To make it simple, I decided to use primarily black, blue, and red cardstock for this album. I'll add in a few patterned papers in these colors as well as some themed embellishments along the way.

First, I did these simple pages with the 8x10 portraits. In the old albums, Grandma had taken a permanent marker & labeled a lot of the photos by writing on the plastic cover. (Which is such a blessing!) I wanted to preserve some of Grandma's handwriting, so I cut pieces of the plastic and included them on a few of these pages.

 
 


I created a simple timeline layout with smaller school photos - unfortunately, I'm missing a couple of years.

I used some of the medium sized school pictures to create a two-page spread with photos from 1st through 6th grade.

 

I also put together three pages with photos from his high school graduation.


 

I added a journaling block to the Graduate page as a place to list Daddy's graduation gifts (which are shown in the photos). He says he has the list written down somewhere in his memorabilia - now if I can just get him to find it for me! :>)

BTW - I'm headed out tomorrow for the BPC Play! in Anaheim event, so I'm not sure if I'll have much time on the Internet for the rest of the week. I may try to pop in if I get a chance, otherwise I'll be around to visit everyone next week.

13 comments:

Jane said...

how wonderful to have such precious photos.

Barbara Eads said...

I love seeing old photos and can definitely see the resemblance between you and your dad. He's going to love this book!

alexa said...

What a treasure trove you have there and how wonderful to have the information to go with them. My Dad has lots of old family photos but refuses to look at them or to record any info about them. Your album is shaping up beautifully ...

Karen said...

What a wonderful project! The photographs are showcased so nicely in your pages, and your father will be thrilled with the result. Have a ton of FUN this week! We'll be looking forward to hearing all about it.

Sian said...

That's a really special project. Your photos are such treasure - I would love a collection like this

Ellyn said...

what a delightful album! I'd be happy to come spend a day helping you get the photos out. have a wonderful time in California and I'll see you when you get back!

furrypig said...

what a wonderful thing to do Melissa and wow you are like your dad, the smile and the eyes so similar

Debbie P said...

Oh my gosh, this is absolutely awesome! How blessed you are to have these available to you!

S said...

First of all, have fun "PLAY"ing! Your album looks fab - I have to say I fell in love with him in the bow tie and suit! Adorable.

Cheryl M said...

Fabulous album Melissa and lucky you going to PLAY in Anaheim!! Have tons of fun and take lots of pics!

Sue Althouse said...

Wonderful pages! I love that you've kept them clean and simple, letting the photos shine. Perfect!

Tammy said...

Oh these photos are fabulous! What a precious book you are creating. Have fun in CA! :)

Missus Wookie said...

Thought about you getting to go to PLAY - have a great time. Looking forward to hearing about it. What a wonderful collection of photos your Dad has, hope he can find that memorabilia for you.