Scrapbooking Sad Topics

Scrapbooking Sad Topics

Not every scrapbook page has to have an entire journaled story. Sometimes it seems rather therapeutic to write down sad stories, and sometimes you just can’t do it. How do you deal with it on a scrapbook page? That depends on how you feel about others reading your journaling. If it is a private scrapbook, you can do what you wish, it’s yours! If it is an album that is primarily for anyone to look at, you have to decide if you are comfortable letting others read your journaling or not. If you don’t want others to read it, you may like to hide your journaling by tucking it behind elements on your page, or tuck it into a little envelope.

The other option you have is to create a layout with very little or no journaling.

This page is of my sister, who died of liver cancer when she was just 14 months old. I don’t have many photos of her, and have never made a layout with any of the photos I have. I was not very old, and my parents pretty much shielded me as much as possible from their grief and sadness.

She was a pretty baby, and I love these photos. To never acknowledge her seems wrong. So here is a page as an example of turning a sad story into a page I don’t mind sharing.

Scrapping a Sad Story

Since the photos all had such different coloring, they were converted to black and white so that they were not so distracting.

What stories have you been holding off telling? Share your comments with us!



5 Responses to Scrapbooking Sad Topics

  1. Love your layout and the story behind it. I agree about how wonderful it is that you can honor your sister with scrapbooking about her. I need to work on doing this for my Mom who passed away and I haven’t been able to scrapbook about her yet. I think it would be therapeutic if I just get over the fear. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you Sylvia. If nothing else, you could start with a page like this, and move on to a hidden journaling page at some point. I am so sorry for your loss, we only have one mom.

  2. Oh how sad Kristie. My Grandma had a photo of her eldest sister who died on the ship over to Australia. Grandma was the 5th child (I think?) so never got to meet her sister, but she kept the photo on her china cabinet as long as I remember.

    Sadly the house burned down a couple of years after she died, so I’m not sure if we even have that photo :(

    I really should tell this story in my scrapbooks.

    • Melissa, thank you for sharing your family’s story. You’ll have to be sure and let us know when you create a page about her. It’s sad that you don’t have any pictures remaining of her, but we know we can create stories without specific photos!

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