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19 November 2014

Heritage Scrapbooking: Home From the Hospital

Can there be a blue-paged layout in a baby girl scrapbook? Yes! I think it depends upon the subject of the layout. In this case, the photos were of my older brother shortly after I came home from the hospital. Pink would not necessarily have complimented his mischievous yet innocent photos. So, I selected colors from my 70s themed color palette that would compliment the story and photos.

Baby Album Scrapbook Layout

Baby Album Scrapbook Layout
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As mentioned last time, I included pages from my original baby book written in my mother's script. Although the scans were not at 300 dpi, I am so glad these items were large enough to still be legible in my heritage scrapbook.

In this layout, I  attempted to compensate for my horrible hack job to my original childhood photos. This tragedy took place in the early 2000s when I had so many photos that had no story but I wanted to include them in my first scrapbooking project. (Avoid this problem by labeling all photos, which I mention in my new book.)

When I started this project, I wanted to give more substance to my personal heritage scrapbook and I cringed at what I had done. In a previous post, I asked readers what I should do with the photos. In the lower right corner of the first image, you can see how used the photo from that previous post. This process was too time consuming and in future posts, you'll see that I just let it be. One reader named Heidi said, "You did the best with what you had and what you knew at the time." She's so right, so I've started to forgive myself my past troubles.

The story was too hard to write for this layout. I have no memories from this time period and my mother really didn't record too many stories about my brother and me. I still firmly believe photos without stories is a wasted effort, so what was I going to do? I decided to write a few things my mother had mentioned (length of hospital stay, having dogs, who the gifts were from). Did I write award winning journaling? Nope. That's not my goal. I want to give my photos stories including little pieces of my childhood.
My mother says women were forced to stay in the hospital for three days before going home. On one hand, that sounds lovely. On the other hand, it's probably best to get home soon. Whatever the case, it was time for me to be taken home. My first home was in the neighborhood of Bexley, Ohio on the east side of Columbus.  
In that home I had mom, dad, and my four year-old brother David. Plus, we had two German Shepard dogs.  
With so many Geiszler and Brown relatives close by, I received a ton of gifts. Gifts from friends of mom and dad from their work and church were also received. I was one blessed baby!
I'm so proud of this layout because I was able to create journaling without much to work with. Also, I was able to use photos I had butchered in a pleasing way. Finally, I didn't limit myself to a pink color palette just because I was a baby girl. This page was a challenge but I really think it turned out well.

Give your personal history scrapbook the freedom to adapt to the challenges you have and you'll be pleased with the result.


  1. You did a good job repairing the results of your scissor-happy days. I doubt I would have noticed it had you not blogged about it and linked to the previous post. In my traditional scrapbooks, I often use a sticker to mask problems like that. Your "together" sticker helps mask the empty space too.

    1. Thanks for the support Wendy. I debated whether to mention the scissor-happy days (I love that phrase, btw) or not .However, the teacher's heart in me wanted to show how to overcome said challenges. I also wanted to share that, despite my blog's name, I don't have the patience to do this for every photo I mutilated. Instead, I used the patience I do have to embrace the crazy-shaped photos. Stay tuned. I'll be sharing some of those pages after the first of the year.