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Development and production of a scrapbook
album begins with a consultation, either at
your home or Jacklyn's office space, to evaluate
the photographs and memorabilia you want
to use. Typically, this is a 1 or 2 hour meeting
at which you discuss the purpose of the
album, the intended recipient, etc. You
may decide that what you need is to simply
organize the photographs, for preservation
in acid-free storage. If an album is the goal,
Jacklyn will discuss the photos with you,
making notes on your comments and reactions.
She will then prepare the album, possibly
with phone or email consultations as it proceeds.
The goal is a personal record of your
memories, whether a collection
of
Halloween
costumes,
a
celebration of family pets, a
commemoration of a wedding,
birthday or anniversary, or a
more comprehensive family tree.
"Sometimes people realize that
they want several albums to
give as gifts and to keep for
themselves. It's OK to decide to
discard some photographs in the
process of organizing the rest into
albums. And it's OK to decide to
preserve some in, for instance, a
safe deposit box. The important
thing is to organize those
memories so they can be enjoyed
by future generations."
Consider scrapbook albums as a Gift of
Memories
this year. You'll be giving a legacy
to be enjoyed, as well as clearing out those
boxes of photos! Visit www.scrapbooking-
memoriesbyjacklyn.com
for ideas on how
to preserve your treasured pictures and
memorabilia.
Our family history includes the shared stories
and anecdotes of events and experiences
that have shaped our values. Often, though,
we might feel too modest to share our
accomplishments. According to Joann
Macdonald, former teacher at
Joppatowne
High School, many people are reluctant to
"boast" about their lives while, at the same
time, wanting to leave a record. "In our
American culture, we tend to dismiss older
people and to overlook the contributions
they've made. Preserving those stories is a
way to celebrate their legacy . . . Their
stories are can be inspiring and can encourage
the person to reflect on what they've done
in their lives."
Joann began writing personal biographies
for people through a member profiles project
at her church and progressed to writing
biographies of decoy carvers for Canvasback,
a publication of the
Havre de Grace Decoy
Museum. "I like working with people and
learning about their lives. By recording the
human experience, these stories help people
connect to one another . . . I am not collecting
these stories for my own use these are
personal stories that belong to the person . . .
they herald that person's experience."
Often, Joann is approached by someone to
write the history of a family
member, for presentation at
a birthday, anniversary,
retirement or other special
occasion. "Some people
come to me because they
want their children and
grandchildren to know
about their lives. They don't
feel qualified to write a
memoir, or they don't know
where to begin to tell what
is important to them."
Following completion of a
single-page series of questions
(basic facts about birthdate,
family background, work
experience, etc.) Joann will
meet for an hour or two to review the material,
and will then prepare the personal story.
The format can be as simple as a presentation
binder, with typed text, or can include
photographs. "I've transcribed taped
narratives and I can include letters in the
story as well . . . It depends on what's wanted
. . . Once people begin to participate in
telling their story, they can reflect on the
experiences that have made them who they
are . . . Someone may want to preserve the
story of a family member through memories
that other people have of that person . . .
We did a book for an older woman that
included contributions from all her
grandchildren memories that were special
to each of them."
Whether preserving your family history
through scrapbooked pages, or through a
treasured story, consider the Gift of Memories
this holiday season.
"I
N OUR
A
MERICAN
CULTURE
,
WE TEND TO
DISMISS OLDER PEOPLE
AND TO OVERLOOK THE
CONTRIBUTIONS THEY
'
VE
MADE
. P
RESERVING THOSE
STORIES IS A WAY TO
CELEBRATE THEIR
LEGACY
. . . T
HEIR STORIES
ARE CAN BE INSPIRING
AND CAN ENCOURAGE
THE PERSON TO REFLECT
ON WHAT THEY
'
VE DONE
IN THEIR LIVES
."
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