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What is love?

Listen to this 1993 throwback dance tune and tell me you don’t start bobbing your head back and forth.

But really, what is love? Last Thursday, my grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a milestone I’d like to reach at some point in my life. Among several divorced relatives, parents, friends’ parents and so on, it’s comforting to know some marriages are meant to last. So what does it mean to be in love? How do you show your love to someone for 60 straight years?

Grandma and Grandpa, Christmas 2010

Jug and Miriam, Christmas 2010

During my lifetime, I’ve visited my grandparents often enough to witness an honest, genuine sort of love. I always enjoy hearing Grandma and Grandpa talk about their time together–college experiences, the first time they met, their children, their travels and more. It’s entertaining to hear them interact with each other, after living together for so many years. And it’s nice to know I can drive or walk just a few minutes down the road on almost any evening and they’ll be sitting in the same two chairs opposite each other, watching Wheel of Fortune at 7 p.m. and Jeopardy at 7:30.

As my cousin Katie says, “They are the most consistent people I know.”

I figure there’s no better way to document my grandparents’ anniversary than in a scrapbook. And I’m getting some assistance from the words of my relatives.

This summer, I’m collecting letters from family members, documenting favorite memories and experiences they’ve shared with my grandparents. (Thanks to my Aunt Lynn for sharing this gift idea.) I’ll mount the letters in a scrapbook, among photos and memorabilia, and we’ll present the gift during our family vacation at the end of July, a tradition Grandma and Grandpa began many years ago and have continued every five years.

Wedding anniversary scrapbooks seem fairly straight forward, but I’m trying to think outside the box in terms of other items to include. I’ll attempt to find embellishments to incorporate the diamond anniversary theme, and I’m sure I have some decorative paper to use, but I’m wondering how I could be more creative with this. Let’s face it–you only experience a 60th wedding anniversary once in your life, if at all.

My relatives can help me document Grandma and Grandpa’s marriage, but I’d love my readers to share some inspiration and feedback as well. What would you like to see in your wedding anniversary scrapbook? What are some experiences, holidays, travels, etc. you’ve shared with your significant other that’d you’d like to remember forever?

What does love mean to you?


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Let’s get digital?

Laptop keyboardIndividuals share personal information, thoughts and feelings all over the Internet every day. Facebook profiles, blogs and tweets allow us to interact with others online but also develop a personal brand.

My scrapbooks are personal to me, and I enjoy creating each page by hand: cutting the paper, cropping the photos, tying the ribbons and writing the journaling.

Digital scrapbooking is a trend that transforms the hobby into something very different; it introduces older traditions to the future. This recent method is convenient for some, but does it retain the quality and meaning behind handmade scrapbook pages?

Below I have outlined some pros and cons of digital scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking:

Digital scrapbooking


  • It uses less physical storage space.
  • You don’t necessarily need to make space or use a table to complete a page.
  • You may save your work in several formats and locations (i.e. flash drives, compact discs and external hard drives).
  • Many individuals now use digital photos, so scrapbooking via computer software saves the cost of printing multiple copies of photos.


  • Pages are less personal since typography replaces handwriting and layouts appear to be flat and less three-dimensional.
  • Digital scrapbooking software can be expensive, as prices may exceed $100. However, some software may be downloaded for free.
  • Staring at a computer screen for hours while creating a page can be tiring.
  • Technology can go wrong and perform slowly sometimes, so the process may be frustrating, depending on your resources.

Traditional scrapbooking


  • You don’t necessarily need technology to complete a page.
    Handmade cards, blue and green colors

    Cardstock, stickers and ribbons add three-dimensional aspects to a project.

  • Scrapbook supply stores exist in local areas to provide you with many options for scrapbooking resources.
  • Traditional scrapbook pages have three-dimensional capabilities.
  • You can use up old printed photos that have been taking up space for years.


  • Photos and scrapbooks take up a lot of space.
  • Finding the correct supplies to use and then creating a traditional layout can be time consuming.
  • Traditional scrapbooking requires a lot of clean up.
  • Scrapbooks are unique, but you can only save them in one spot. Your work cannot be copied without physically creating the same page twice.

What do you have to say about the differences between digital and traditional scrapbooking? Do you agree with the comments I made?

Although I think digital scrapbooking is less personal than using craft supplies to create scrapbook pages, digital scrapbookers do create some beautiful designs. Check out a gallery of digital pages on digitalscrapbookpages.com. You can find more ideas via digital scrapbook designers’ blogs on the site as well.

I may decide to venture into the digital scrapbooking world someday, but for now I’ll stick to at least using up the excess of scrapbook supplies I’ve had for years.

How about you? Have you tried digital scrapbooking, and if so, what was your experience like? What do you like about traditional scrapbooking?

If you are interested in trying digital scrapbooking, check out some tips from Karen Ellis. Also, a Picnik tutorial for creating a digital page can be found on www.housewifeeclectic.com in a post by Debra.


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Write it out.

For me, words have always been easier to communicate through my writing. Besides my near constant laughter, I’mBananagrams letters, "What to write?" generally on the quiet side. I used to write long entries in my journal every day but then stumble through a nerve-wracking speech in class.

This is why I’m more likely to laugh at your jokes (whether they’re funny or not) than to come up with something funny to say on my own.

I enjoy applying my love of writing to the creative projects I tackle through scrapbooking. Whether I write down my thoughts or simply what happened in the photos I choose to include in my layouts, I think journaling is very important when documenting everyday life.

Pencils and pens jumbled togetherJournaling, however, can be a daunting task. What thoughts should I document? Are my personal ideas too private for the eyes of future generations? How much should I write?

Journal entries don’t have to be lengthy. The phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is true in many scrapbook layouts, so even short and simple writing is often sufficient.

In fact, simple, concise writing is essential in the field of public relations. Books on PR and grammar

Although public relations careers require striking speaking skills that I continue to work on, the field also entails excellent writing skills. Below are some tips for concise writing and clear communication:

  1. Know your message. What are you really trying to say? Provide just enough information to help readers or listeners understand what you are trying to communicate.
  2. Know your audience. Tailor your writing to meet its needs. Remember your audience is wondering, “What’s in it for me?”
  3. Get to the point. Run-on sentences don’t cut it. I’m a long-winded writer, but I’ve learned to keep my writing short and simple.
  4. List the most important facts first and highlight key messages, particularly in press releases.
  5. Use bullet points and subheads. Bold the subheads. B r e a k u p your information to improve readability.
  6. You must spell words correctly and proofread your work. Deciding to edit your writing can be the difference between getting hired and losing a job. Check out “The The Impotence of Proofreading” by Taylor Mali: 
  7. Although “a picture is worth a thousand words,” sometimes your stories can mean just as much as the photos you decide to include in publications and even scrapbooks.

If you struggle with journaling in your scrapbooks, try these techniques and tips:

  1. Find your inspiration. Listen to some music to jog your memory or write down words you think relate to the topic you’re scrapbooking. iPod dock playing music
  2. Write often. Be playful with your journaling. Accept Dare #174 from the writers at www.efferdares.com.
  3. Struggling a bit? Improve your journaling by trying a writing exercise on the Creating Keepsakes Feb. 9 blog post.
  4. Try different pens and writing utensils. write.click.scrapbook bloggers experimented with Jet Pens in a Feb. 10 post.
  5. Into digital scrapbooking? Download a free font every Friday from Creating Keepsakes.

So what do you like to journal about in your scrapbooks? How do you decide what to write about?

As for public relations students and professionals, with which writing techniques do you have issues?

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