Are You Missing in Action in Your Scrapbooks?
So often we scrapbookers are left out of our own albums because we are the ones behind the camera. An informal study revealed that 80% of scrapbookers have never created a layout about themselves. We family historians are so busy documenting the lives of everyone around them, we forget to document our own. After we’re gone, who will tell our stories? Our husbands? Our children? Would they choose the same stories we would choose to tell about our lives?
“When an old man dies, a library burns.”
~~ African proverb
Is Your Library Burning?
Don't take your stories with you! Share them with your friends and family!
The Book of Me Will Make It Easy to Tell Your Stories!
The Book of Me will not only inspire you to get yourself in your scrapbooks – it will guide you step-by-step with HOW to do it!
The Book of Me is a guide to help you, the scrapper, define what has significantly contributed to your life, and what you value most about your experiences. It is a roadmap to creating a book dedicated to your history, your passions, and your dreams.
In the foreword, journaling guru Joanna Campbell Slan tells the story of a young mother dying of brain cancer, who spent her last days creating a legacy album about her life so her young sons have something to remember her by.
“She wanted them to know how much she loved them, and she wanted them to have a mother forever, even if she only existed in a picture album and in their memories. If she had had Angie’s book, her task would have been much simpler...
...The woman dying of cancer knew exactly how best to spend her final days. You and I have a responsibility to create the same loving journal for our own families. Let’s get to it...”
Would your children and loved ones have something to remember you by?
How A 30-Year-Old Mother of Two
From Missouri Saved Her Own Life
And How She Can Help Save Yours!
From: Angie Pedersen
Author, The Book of Me: A Guide to Scrapbooking about Yourself
I am a wife and mother, just like you. After staying home with my children for six years, I began to have an identity crisis. Or what I now refer to as an “anti-identity crisis”. I felt like my life could be summed up in my roles of wife and mother. That’s all there was to me. Period.
Do you ever feel that way? Like you’ve lost track of who you were “before”, and who you are now?
As I went about my days, I found myself thinking about all the tasks and chores and errands I did. I wondered if there was anything special about the fact that I was doing them. I felt like we could hire someone to do the dishes and the laundry and the cooking and running errands, and I wouldn’t even be missed. I felt like I had failed to make a mark, and I could easily be replaced. I even thought about taking my own life.
But instead of ending my life, I decided to scrap it.
Instead of abandoning my husband and young children, and taking myself out of their lives, I decided to share myself with them more fully.
I decided to give them the gift only I could give. My stories.
What If You Could Prove to Yourself
the Value of Your Own Life?
I started working on a scrapbook about myself. It became a tool to showcase what made me unique, and all that I valued about my life. And it quite literally saved my life. Because right there in front of me, created by my own hand, was proof that my life was worth living, remembering, and celebrating.
As I showed this album to my friends, I saw that they were almost startled -- so many of my friends had never thought of doing a page about themselves, let alone actually done one. Just like me, they were also absent from their own albums.
As much as I enjoyed the process of creating my Book of Me, I realized other scrappers might be searching for ways to create such a book for themselves. I wanted to help them by providing a roadmap for them to follow, compiling all the resources I had drawn on. So, this book was born.
Scrapbookers around the world are finally telling their stories – led by scrapbooking pioneer Angie Pedersen!
Well-known scrapbookers like Jennifer Ditz McGuire, Cathy Zielske, Elsie Flanagan, Stacy Julian, and Rebecca Sower all tell their personal stories on their layouts – now you can too!
Why not let a world-class scrapbook journaling expert show you exactly, step-by-step, how to make your journaling easier and more meaningful?
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What's so special about The Book of Me?
It's an interactive guide, leading you with hundreds of Memory Prompts that engage your memories and dreams.
Do you have trouble staring at a blank piece of paper and don’t know how to get started? You’re NOT alone. Countless others struggle with what to write. Enter the Memory Prompts offered in every chapter of the Book of Me! You don't have to think about what to write about!
Instead of nervously facing a blank piece of paper (or computer screen), you'll be met with prompts for stories galore. Just answer the questions, and your story will be told! You family and loved ones won't have to wonder "What were the best times in her life?", because you answered the prompt on page 11!
You won't be able to stop the memories from flowing out onto paper! You’ll have dozens of memories knocking at the door of your brain, begging to be let out! You’ll be able to share your stories with ease. You won’t have to worry if your loved ones will know who you really are. You won’t have to wonder if you’ve made your mark in the world.
Take a look at the experience one scrapbooker had after picking up The Book of Me for the first time. She recently had three hours to kill at the airport, before boarding a three-hour flight, and... Well, I’ll let her tell the story:
I just had to write to tell you what happened... I finally sat down and pulled out the copy of your WONDERFUL book...and started to read. I read the first two pages of prompts and suddenly I couldn't sit still. I was DYING to start writing. I rushed over to the little gift shop frantic for paper and pen...and panicked because I couldn't find any. Finally after the second loop around the shop, I found 3 or 4 yellow legal pads buried at the back of a shelf and I literally let out a small, okay somewhat medium-sized, "Yay!" The clerk ran from the back room asking if I was okay and I looked at her with glazed eyes and said, "Pen...I need a pen!". We found some rainbow gel pens...you know, the kind that change ink every 50 words or so, and I was ready to go.
I went to an area of computer stations outside the shop and began writing. My fingers could barely keep up with my brain. Thoughts were running through in all directions! I finally decided I needed to start with a thesis statement to get some focus. I want you to know that I wrote for the next 6 hours, only stopping to massage my writing wrist every once in a while!!!! I wrote 36 pages of journaling and completely used up the ink in 2 gel pens!!!! The lady sitting across from me in the plane asked me if I was writing a book and I said, "Well yes, I think I am!" I was so inspired by your book in the first couple of pages; I can't wait to see what's next!
The Book of Me provides a structured framework for creating an entire scrapbook about yourself. You’ll also see examples from my own Book of Me scrapbook.
Don’t know where or how to start telling the stories of your life? You don't have to! You don't need to figure out how to set up a scrapbook that includes all the important details. All the thinking and planning is done for you in The Book of Me! This book provides you with 15 idea-packed chapters about many of the roles in your life, then guides you with thought-provoking journaling prompts that tease the words out of you onto the page. Page 3 explains just how to get started using the book!
You'll also find:
- Over 75 specific suggestions for photos and memorabilia to include on your layouts
- Innovative ideas allow you to envision the kind of person you'd like to become.
- Ways to dream yourself into being!
- Insights on how to scrap the challenges in your life
- Over 200 quotes, hand-picked to address key roles in your life!
- Over 100 carefully researched Web Resources to help you create striking, meaningful layouts!
- 92 layouts, from 24 different contributors!
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My readers and students say it best!
Join the “Me Movement”! Over 150,000 copies sold worldwide! Scrapbookers in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Denmark are singing the praises of The Book of ME!
But don't just take my word for it. Here's what your fellow scrapbookers are saying …
I am feeling exactly as you did when you wrote the book (rather depressed and wondering what "use" I was to the world!) so I am going to start on my own scrapbook today...I love the book and I would have never started a Book of Me without you!!!
- Sue T.
I just wanted to say how great I think the book is. It gave me "permission" to scrapbook about myself without feeling like I was being self-centered or bragging. I spend oodles of my time scrapping my kids, friends, family, but as most of us I'm behind the camera...this lets me write about myself and not feel "guilty." Thank you soooo much! Now I'll be able to tell about myself so my children and their children will really get to know me. Thank you again!
- Leigh R.
From your books, the most important thing that I learned and what has stood out to me the most can be summed up in one word: DETAILS. The prompting questions that you give on each subject for journaling, the details that you ask about...all of these are things I may never have thought of on my own nor would I think anyone would care to know the details on ME. In your books you have taken the time to dissect each subject into the nitty-gritty detailed questions. Anyone using your books can comfortably follow these prompts for journaling without the added pressure of wondering "what can I write about this time of my life?" Thinking this way has made me a better journaler and has also helped me in my blog writing, sharing more of myself.
- Jennifer Stewart
Angie Pedersen has a way of helping me get right to the heart of what I want to say with my scrapbooks. She introduces new ideas with the polish of a true professional yet in such a friendly way I feel like I know her personally. If you are looking to take your scrapbooking to the next level Angie is the one to help.
- Kim Dushinski, ScrappinCabinet.com
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