From Jeanette: My First Scrapbook

There is a certain scrapbook on my shelf that stands apart from all the others. I’m sure you feel the same way about one or two of yours. It’s the one that holds so much of your heart that you rank it among your most prized possessions. Perhaps it holds the last photo taken of your mother or father, or maybe it’s the one that tells the story of your first few years with your children. For me, this scrapbook is special because it’s the first one I ever made. In honor of National Scrapbooking Day coming up this Saturday, I want to share with you the scrapbook that began my lifetime of memory keeping. Have a look! I’ve created so many scrapbooks through the years, but this is the one that started it all.

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

This book is heavy with memories. The photos, journaling, and doodles that live in this collection came straight from the heart of my 15-, 16-, and then 17-year-old self. This album is a flashback to high school! (It’s been awhile since you gave any thought to the 70s, hasn’t it?)

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

I started scrapbooking as a teenager, first, because I wanted to preserve the memories of some of the best times of my life. I also had a creative flair, and doodling, coloring, and lettering became an artistic outlet for me. Within the pages of this book, I could save not only pictures, but also the stories that went with them. I loved scrapbooking dearly when I was 17, but, my, how my love for it has grown! I had no idea then how what was once only a hobby would expand into my life’s work.

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Even as a high school student, creativity was important to me. Being creative is not limited to the artists or the musicians—it’s something anyone can enjoy!

And preserving memories can and should be done by everyone. Look at the treasures I can enjoy now because I put a little thought then into remembering. Of course, this scrapbook was made long before archival-quality products existed. Just a few dime store markers were enough to portray the messages I wanted to live on through this book.

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

I created visual patterns and designs with simple hand drawings using those trusty markers, a little glitter, and a lot of white glue. The result was the forerunner to Background & Texture (B&T) paper!

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Artwork from Jeanette's first scrapbook

Creating a “great” page of memories doesn’t require the cutest products or the most trained hand; it only takes a desire to share your story and a love for the message you want to share. This book is important to me because it’s filled with pieces of my past. This is my story, told the way I experienced it. Is that how you think of your scrapbooks? Do you gain a deep satisfaction and joy from recording your life according to you?

With National Scrapbooking Month just a day away, commit to making pages that are filled with more than simply highlights of a few fun days. Use them to bring to life the people and relationships that mean the most to you, because that’s what memory keeping is all about. And then, years down the road, you, too, can look back and feel as thankful as I do now.



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20 thoughts on “From Jeanette: My First Scrapbook

  1. Jeanette – thank you so much for sharing! Your book is fantastic – and you haven’t changed one bit since high school! 🙂

  2. Oh Jeanette, thank you so much for sharing parts of your scrapbook with us! These pages just confirm that you are and have been a leader in this industry from very early on! You are so talented with your drawings! I have to share that my favorite scrapbook is my first one also, but it isn’t from my school days. Had I known about scrapbooking back then, I’m sure I would’ve made one, I’ve loved photography since I can remember. My scrapbook started almost 20 years ago of me and my love, Kevin. We started dating in ’94. I so loved reading your post and seeing your pages. The Carousel page reminds me of some of mine. To look at those pages now seem like such simple pages of pictures of the flowers Kevin sent me at work for birthday or various reasons with a few stickers added & journaling, and another similar one of many different ticket stubs of movies we went to while dating. Of course our lives have grown over our 20 years together with two amazing sons and all of their & our accomplishments, but my first scrapbook of me and Kevin is still my favorite!

  3. Wow you brought back high school memories for me looking through your scrapbook. I graduated in 1970. I have done a few pages of my college years but not so much with my high school years. What a fun look back!

  4. What a wonderful look back into your life, Jeanette. You are such an inspiration to each of us in so many different ways. Art needs to come from the heart and that is all that really matters. The other thing to remember is not to go back and redo original scrapbooks – leave them as they are for they are a legacy of how things were done at that time in someone’s life (including their creative ability at that time). Blessings to you and thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. I cannot express how much it means for you to have shared your early pages. It gives such an insight to your beginnings. Thank you very much.

  6. Dear, dear Jeanette! Thank you so much for sharing your memories with us! Compared to you, I am a newbie when it comes to scrapbooking and I have been scrapping for about 25 years! It is a wonderful outlet for my creativity and my favourite way to relax. Looking at your drawings, I was wondering – can you make your castle into a stamp?? Clouds and all?? It would be so AWESOME!!

  7. Oh Jeanette!
    Thank you SO much for sharing this part of your life … it took me straight back to the same place for me, both the memories of the time and my efforts at memory keeping of what I felt was the best time of my life.
    Thank you.

  8. Oh so adorable . . . and so you, Jeanette!!! Love the family pic with Small World in the background . . . and the Knights in White Satin drawing! Barbra Streisand “Memories” going thru my mind now!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. I enjoyed your sharing your memories. My first album is also very special to me,and began my love of scrapbooking. Your album drawings are so creative,it is easy to see why you became so successful with Close To My Heart!

  10. This is wonderful to see how scrapbooking has changed over the years as well. From those pages that you have shown to now – how people preserve their own memories and photos into scrapbooking albums.

  11. What a wonderful way to remember high school events! I still have pictures from my high school days (Class of 1981) but no written memories in a scrapbook.

    I recently came across the first card I created for family and friend that was mailed for Christmas, 2008. All I could do was laugh and smile at the simplicity of it. The phrase, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” came to mind.

    Thank you for sharing your memories with the world.

  12. Jeanette, what a FUN scrapbook! I sure wish I had gotten a little more creative with my h.s. pics! A few got put into a magnetic (eek gads!!!) album…thank goodness people like you have moved us all into a “safer way” to preserve our memories and inspiring us all to get more creative! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love your scrapbook. I enjoyed looking at your photos. Such a cutie and so talented. It took me back to the 70’s. We graduated the same year!

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