My Life Before I Was Your Mother

Today, we have a guest post from Cheryl McCain at Scrap Your Life.

Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to have an album with photos and stories of your Mother’s childhood and life before she became your Mother?

Why not join me in creating an album about yourself for your own children…..photos and stories of your life before you became their mother?

I am truly passionate about this project and I’ll tell you why. I purchased a blank journal for my Mother one year for Christmas and asked her to record memories and stories of her life, HER life, before she became my Mother.

It wasn’t to be. My Mother passed away on December 7th, 2007. Although I have memories of SOME stories she told, there was so much more to learn that is now untold forever.

It made me think that such stories, with or without photos, would be treasured by my own children (and future generations as well). After all, we live in a perfect time where our scrapbooking knowledge and technology, whether it’s paper or digital scrapping, is abundant, available, and most of all, FUN!

I would love to lead you on this journey with me each month by giving you prompts, tips, and example layouts so you can accomplish this project for yourself and your family, as well as sharing your layouts with the other participants and in doing so, we will give each other inspiration, encouragement, and support.

It matters not whether you paper scrap or digital scrap, you can accomplish your goal and the main thing to remember is that this project is YOURS, so there’s no right or wrong. I’m here to help you get those creative juices and ideas flowing to make what may be the most important album of YOUR and your children’s lives.

An example prompt from Lesson 1 (and there’s plenty more) would be photos, memorabilia, or both of your birth along with specifics such as your weight, length, etc.

Here’s a couple example layouts from my own album:





Included in this FREE class:

  • Downloadable PDFs of each lesson
  • FREE Quickpages and/or Page Kits for the digital scrappers
  • Links to helpful and/or inspirational information
  • The ability to share your layouts of each month’s lesson whether it be a link to your favorite gallery, your blog, or by using the linky widget right in each lesson post.

I sincerely hope you’ll consider joining me and I’ll look forward to seeing your progress. You can NEVER get behind, all the lessons will remain on-site and you can jump in whenever you wish.

Lesson 1 will be posted November 1, 2011 and can be found on my Scrap Your Life in the top menu heading under “My Scrap Albums”. You will see “My Life Before I Was Your Mother” there.

Cheryl McCain’s website is Scrap Your Life

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  • DorothyCC

    Thank you so much, Cheryl, for sharing the story about your mother.  It was very moving, and your love for her came through so clearly.  My mom is close to 90, and I am in the process of trying to put together a scrapbook of my mom’s life while she’s still around.  The next project after that is a digital scrapbook of my early childhood years so I can share these memories with my brothers.  This truly is a labor of love.

    And thank you, Stephanie, for introducing me to Cheryl’s blogsite.

  • You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting. Good luck creating your album of your mom.

  • Thank you Dorothy!  I’m so glad you’re doing your mom’s scrapbook NOW.  You’ll have a precious treasure one day and doing an album about you will prove to be the same!