Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Adult coloring and memory keeping

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. You can find them pretty much anywhere and in any theme - from Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes, from skulls to Mandalas, from flowers to traveling. I personally love to color, which I guess isn't a surprise. So as I was coloring a few weeks ago, I thought to myself wouldn't it be nice if I could find a way to incorporate some of these coloring pages into our family albums. So I went and looked through a few albums and realized they'd make great fillers. Every once in awhile I have a page where there are no photos. This is one of the drawbacks to not scrapbooking cronologically but I'm ok with that, there are lots of ideas out there that you can use as fillers: favorite quotes, patterned paper, newspaper or magazine articles (photocopied) and now coloring pages.

This particular page is from my daughter's baby album. It's the back of the layout before it and the peachy color matched the coloring page perfectly so I matted it with a piece of black to make it pop a bit and then mounted it in the center of the patterned paper. I really love the coloring book this came from because it's square pages so it lends itself well to this idea. I picked it up at Chapters months ago - it's called Joyous Blooms to Color by Eleri Fowler. I love that includes some detailed images, some smaller, less detailed ones, some with sayings and some that spread across two pages. It's a really pretty book.

For this one I cut out the pear image after I colored it. It actually had leaves all around the outside but I didn't want to include those. Then I mimicked the dots in a fine border around the white cardstock, matted it on black and then on peekaboo peach. I love how it turned out!

This particular page is in our 2016 album, I believe it's a filler for the month of April. Because coloring is on trend at the moment, it means even more to include in your current albums. Ten years from now, it will be a thing of the past, probably even sooner than that. It's fun to look back and laugh at some of the things that we wore, that were popular or even the price of gas or a movie theatre ticket. Think about it - don't you just love looking back at photos from the 70's and 80's - trends were so fun back then. But, back then, we thought that was normal, today's normal may be laughed at and joked about in 20 or 30 years!

Have a creative day!


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