Featuring: The Tales of the Dog Whisperer
When my children were small we often entertained ourselves by looking through our photo albums and telling stories about “when they were little.” In those days we relied on mama’s memory to recall the details of the events in the pictures. Today, we need not rely on my now questionable skills of recall, but we can include “The Story” with each and every scrapbook layout.
Story telling is an important part of recording family histories, special moments, and significant events of our lives that help put into perspective the lives of the people in the photos we take and scrap.
Last year I challenged you to tell the story about your faith and get it into some of your scrapbook pages. But you have more stories to tell!
This year at Mosaic Moments we are going to continue to urge you to Tell Your Story all of your stories and show you ways to do that using our great product line, patterns and ideas. What will your stories be?
Why tell your story? I’m sure you’ve discovered an envelope or box full of photos that have no markings, no indication of who the people in them are or where they’ve been taken. Frustrating isn’t it? If you are fortunate, someone will still be around who can identify them for you.
Don’t be guilty of leaving the story untold. Let’s start scrapping your photos with the future in mind so your stories don’t get lost in the past. Bring those photos to life for all to enjoy!
Today’s story “The Tales of the Dog Whisperer” is all about my granddaughter Emmi and her love for her puppies. I’ve chosen my favorite photos taken by my daughter Libby of the three companions over the past two years…Emmi celebrates her second birthday this month and it works well to include a card to tell her this story.
The photos have been turned into Black & Whites to reduce the background noise and distractions and some of the unevenness in exposures. It also allows the photos to pop against the Raspberry 12×12 Mosaic Moments Grids. Along with black cardstock, black with white dots patterned paper, Watermelon Sensation Paper Tiles and pink digital paw print paper as accents for a very bold look. Included embellishments are tiny, shiny metal square brads, and ½” squares.
The key piece to the layout is telling the story and so I planned a booklet with the story so that Emmi could understand it and printed it out with photos matching the ones from the layout into the story. I used an opaque setting for a lighter image, enough to see, but not to be standing out, I want her to see the words and match the little photos to the larger ones on the layout.
I used WORD to format a size that would be just right for a toddler to hold, printed and then mounted on black paper before adding it to an accordion fold spine section. Then that is mounted between two 3×5 block paper tiles. It also serves as my title block.
For the card I chose a pink cardstock to match the grid color and used the same elements for a unified look. Inside on the left side I have attached the book using a black & white check washi tape to anchor. The card is made with a half sheet of cardstock measuring 4.25” x 5.5”. This is just the right side for a toddler to hold.
Here’s the story I’ve told Emmi:
Once upon a time there was a little girl who had a fluffy little puppy named Thor. They were just about the same age and would grow up together.
In the beginning Thor puppy would ride in the basket of the little girl’s stroller as her Mama walked her down the street to visit her Granny, but Thor puppy grew very quickly and soon out grew the stroller!
The little girl liked to play on her blanket with Thor puppy by her side. She liked to cuddle him and share secrets too. Thor puppy was so patient with the little girl; he was never cross with her and always liked to share toys.
Then one day a new puppy came to live with Thor puppy and the little girl. The new puppy was named Angel, even though she was a mischievous puppy!
Now the little girl had two puppies to play with and help to feed. She would even read stories to them!
The little girl loved her puppies so very much. Do you know who that little girl was? It was you!
I don’t think Emmi will forget her love for her puppies, but some of the treasured moments are preserved with the story for her to enjoy for years to come.
It’s a new year and I hope you will continue to join us as we find creative ways to keep telling stories with Mosaic Moments!
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