An Art Journal or Scrapbook Idea

Today, I want to show you some pages that I made several years ago for a directory swap for an online stamping and paper-arts group I have belonged to for years. I participated in the swap several times.  Basically, we each made a page that told a little bit about ourselves, using some of our favorite art stamps, and included our contact information. The host collected the pages from each of us and compiled them into a directory that we each received. (I typed a little bio on the back of each.)

I found them a few weeks ago and decided that descriptive pages like these that include current interests, made with rubber stamps, quotes, photos, doodles, etc. would fit well in an art journal (even though, back when I made them, I had never heard the words "art journal!"

No, they aren't mixed media, or collage, or even really "art." My design skills and calligraphy have developed since then, and I cringe a little to look at these pages, but I still love them, because they were representative of me at the time. (Also, apparently, I hadn't yet learned to remove red-eye. Lucy's eyes were actually blue...) And, that AOL email address is long obsolete. (I chose it back when we had to pay for internet by the minute---Does anyone else remember that??)

In general, things here have been, in a word, busy. We've  had a lot of things going on, and I can't end this post without showing you pics of my new college graduate.  I'm more than proud.

I took these pictures after the ceremony, amidst a hurried crowd, so they aren't extremely sharp, but they're wonderful memories that I'll always treasure.

Little sister is proud of him too.
Here's to spring, graduates, new beginnings, and saving the memories.  I'd love to hear about yours.

Linking to:
Inspire Me Monday
Craft Showcase at Sewlicious
Handmade Tuesdays
You're Gonna Love It
Whatever Goes Wednesday
30 Handmade Days
Thursday Favorite Things
Gingersnap Crafts
Made in a Day
Treasure Hunt Thursday


  1. How fun, congratulations and I appreciate the creative inspiration.

  2. Hi Pam! Congratulations to your graduate and you too! You have every reason to be proud! The swap was a really neat idea and I like the pages that you made - they look like treasures to have! Big Brother and Little Sister are adorable and the pictures look sharp to me! Hope you are having a beautiful spring! :)

  3. I love seeing the pictures of your kids on the page and then again as they are now. Gorgeous! I love the pages you made.

  4. It's all about the memories!! We definitely evolve over time with how we document them!! Its fun to look back though, I think!

  5. That is adorable! It's so important to save memories, and this is the perfect way to do it! #HomeMattersParty

  6. Graduation is such an exciting time, there's so much going on that it's easy to forget to document the moments. Thanks for sharing your art journal idea, it's perfect for memory keeping. #HomeMattersParty

  7. I really enjoyed Graduation time with both my children & my daughter is a Junior in College this year so I will be there again soon! Great post! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  8. Wow, Congratulation to your son. Love how you recorded the memorable day. #HomeMattersParty

  9. Congrats on having a graduate! Those pages remind me of things I did when I was younger, but I had no clue that's what they were called. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  10. Such a fun idea. Graduations are so much fun, and this is a great way to cherish the memories forever. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty :)

    Life With Lorelai

  11. What an great idea. We will have tons of graduations next year. Love having you as a cohost on #homemattersparty

  12. How wonderful! Congrats to your graduate :) Having an art journal to store memories is a great idea!


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