I have been wanting to venture into the world of Scrapbooking for ages now but the thought of facing a blank, 12×12 page really worried me! So, I decided to start a little smaller and worked on an 8×8 instead.
This was given to my Mother-in-Law for Christmas 2007, I do believe she was quite touched when she opened it! I had previously taken charge of her old photo album – the photos were stuck in with sellotape across the corners in a lot of cases and many were ripped so I used the scanner to copy them and inserted these copies into the album (mostly) rather than the originals. The album is a lovely green and burgundy, velvet-like fabric and is post bound so I can add extra pages if necessary.
The front photo
This shows my parents and my in-laws at the wedding of my niece at Selby Abbey in Yorkshire. We were living in California at that time and came over for a month’s holiday staying in a private hotel in Scarborough. We had advertised for someone to house-swap with us so we had their hotel (not open for other guests!) and they stayed in our house over there. We used their car, they used ours. It worked incredibly well. Anyhow, the wedding was during that stay and our sons were pageboys dressed in kilts which seems to be a Mackintosh Family tradition!
With my Father-in-Law as a young man, a happy couple posing on the steps and my husband, Nigel (on the right) with his big brother, Neil, in his wedding kilt when he was a pageboy. I used the tartan ribbon as a nod to the family name.
The right-hand page has some school photos – she was a school teacher for all her working life. One shows her with a class, the other with the staff. On the left-hand page, clockwise from the largest, is her parents; her mother and sisters; her future husband as a child (in the dress!); the two of them out with some friends and finally the only photo we’ve found from their wedding and the groom is stood at the back of the group with the bride nowhere to be seen!
My Father-in-Law, his two sons – and then my two sons.
The ‘changes‘ shows Nigel as a child looking smart whilst going to the Grammar School, and perhaps not quite so smart as a student at Manchester University!
We took our boys down into a coal mine to show them a little of what it was like where their Grandad worked all his life.
Did we get married so long ago that colour photography hadn’t been invented? Actually, the photos that we do have were a little faded so I scanned them and made them black and white. We only had 16 people at our wedding (and that included us!) – parents and brothers & sisters.
Various pictures of our boys on one page; both Grandads on the other – paternal (Don) on the left and maternal (David) on the right. ‘Then and Now’ shows my ‘baby’ with his big cousin many years ago and then more recently with his now ‘not so big’ cousin! The other page shows the house we lived in when in California and our ‘now’ home in Wales.
There are only a couple of years between the boys so they grew up as good friends – mostly! On the left you see them in their kilts at that wedding Imentioned earlier; on a horse in the field next to our house; walking with Grandad and Uncle Roy; mowing the grass; making friends with a seagul and sitting in our back yard in California.
My M-i-L was very fond of my parents so I included them on a couple of pages. The next double spread shows her side of the family.
M-i-L was a bridesmaid for one of her sisters and she is just about to celebrate her diamond wedding!
I really loved doing this scrapbook and found it wasn’t really frightening at all! In fact, I almost wished that the pages were 12×12 at times as I struggled to fit everything I wanted to put on there. I’ve got ideas and supplies for many more of these, plan to make one each for my boys who wont appreciate them at the moment but should hopefully enjoy them when they’re older.