We’ve got five examples of paying homage to Dad with scrapbook page design and storytelling.
Marie-Pierre Capistran says, “This layout is all about the reasons my girls and I love our daddy! I’m almost ashamed to say that this is the first layout I’ve made about my husband as a dad. I’s tabout time that he gets a layout celebrating his strengths.”
“When creating the layout, I took time to reflect on what he does that makes me happy and that makes the girls happy. I talk about the things, small and big, that are specific to him and that couldn’t apply to just any dad out there. I wanted to make a simple but fun page, with touching journaling and a good picture representing him, as a dad, totally in his element.”
“I gathered fun and colorful embellishments representing what I’m talking about in the journaling. My tip, if you want to pay tribute to someone you love, would be to spend quality time with the person before making the layout. When we are around a person, especially when we are mindful of it, a lot of details can come to mind, making it easier to write a touching story. I made this page when we came back from a lovely vacation and I think it’s reflected in the journaling.”
Nicole Mackin says, “Because I don’t make scrapbook pages about my husband and his role in our family often enough, I decided to do a page devoted to how great of a father he is to our daughters. I wanted to document everything from the big stuff to the day-to-day stuff he does for them. I think it is important to record these details because over time the role he plays in their lives will change and the details of the here and now may be forgotten.”
“I decided to make this page very word heavy, from the sticker phrases to the journaling itself in order to truly focus on the message of the page. To accomplish this, I used a background patterned paper that had premade lines. For the journaling, I simply sat down and wrote down my thoughts and observations. Another option I thought about was to ask the girls to write down their thoughts too, but in this case, they are just mine.”
Jill Sprott says, ” For nearly twenty years, I have looked at this photo often and never felt quite ready to devote a project to it, until now, a time when my daughter no longer needs much hand-holding, even though she loves her dear dad just as much as she did back then. The fact that I am finally using this photo and trying to get to the heart of this moment–and all of the moments that these two have shared together since–is my way of honoring their incredible relationship.”
“The journaling does not simply focus on the event depicted in the photo in the literal sense, but rather, regards the photo and the time that has passed since then as emblematic of the nature of fatherhood.
“To enhance the theme of the changing father-daughter relationship and a love that remains constant despite these changes, I incorporated lots of liminal elements on the page that represent nature, change, and cycles.”
“With regard to product, I reached way back into the past and included items from various brands spanning two decades. After putting off this page for so long, I realize that all I really needed to do was to find the story within the story. The photo was a kind of metaphor that revealed itself to me with the passage of time.”
Stefanie Semple says, “This layout shows and celebrates rough-housing between my oldest and my hubby while I was attempting to get Mother’s Day photos taken for 2018. It also journals about my hubby’s role as a father. It is easy for me to criticize, but important for me to laud his demeanor and fathering styles which have come into their own now that the children are somewhat older.”
“I made the photos smaller to leave enough space to get my feelings on to the page. I also took the time to individually tilt alphas instead of using no title, or using a font with a style added to it.”
“It’s easy to tell they are having fun and enjoying a close relationship from the smiles in the photos. Using words to portray the way that makes you feel is tougher, may require some soul searching and googling of synonyms, but leads to a treasure of a scrapbook page that goes beyond pretty photos stylishly embellished, leaving the legacy of your words to be passed down through the generations.”
Megan Blethen says, “My husband has always been a great dad. He has also always been a great husband and helped out a lot when our kids were babies. I wanted this layout to show his helpful, loving and playful personality. I want our kids to know how much of a hands-on dad he is. He never just made me do everything, he got down and dirty with them too!”
“I knew I wanted to use a large title to bring your eye right into the design. To create such a title, I used white cardstock with a Silhouette cut file. I outlined the title with yellow embroidery floss to add texture. To the ‘O’s in the word ‘moon,’ I added sequins behind it to make them stand out as well. My journaling reflects how amazing my husband is and how we have all been blessed with him in our lives. I think journaling is always the way to go when you are making a special page about someone. Write a letter or just put your feelings into your journaling. This will be the most important part when we look back on these memories.”