The History Keepers ::: The Quote Book

As mommies, we are tasked with an awful lot of "jobs".  Most of them I DO, but could care less about (laundry, cleaning floors, wiping down faucets and wiping baby bottoms are a few I am LESS than passionate about).  However many jobs we are tasked with, there are a few that we are truly honored with.  There are a few that mean more than a clean house and food on the table.  There are a few jobs we have as mommies that might make a difference beyond our 50-60-90 years on Earth.  One of those jobs is the shaping of our children's personalities, behaviors, values (and yes, reading abilities).  Those are certainly very valuable, important and induce passion.

However, the job that REALLY gets me as a mom is the job of HISTORY KEEPER.

You see, nobody else is going to do this job.  The children might start keeping "memories" of their school years once they are old enough - THEIR personal histories.  Your husband might take a few photos now and again.  Grandparents are certainly wonderful at taking photos and saving works of art and such, but when it comes to capturing the history of the family start to finish?  You, mama, are the one who is around for all of that.  For all of the funny quotes that get lost into oblivion, the everyday moments that cameras don't often think to capture.  You are the history keeper of your family.  

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Did that first little bit scare you?  Worried I am going to tell you that you MUST become an excellent scrapbooker RIGHTNOW or forever hold your peace as your family falls apart because there is no written history of them?  Well, no darling, that is NOT what I am saying.  Hold your horses a bit and let me walk you through a few easier ways to capture your family history.  Today's project IS a scrapbook so to speak, but it is easier than you might think and not as "scrappy" as most.

You see, I'm not the typical scrapbooker.  I am not talented enough or patient enough to spend hours cutting, assembling and arranging a litany of small pieces to make a true scrapbook.  I am, however, a collector of memories, and I love having them all in one spot.  My friends must have been similar in scrapbooking sentiments too, because in high school we had a group "quotebook."  It wasn't pretty and it wasn't well put together, but we totally treasured it.  We had that binder everywhere and every time someone said something hilarious, we would write it down.  Different colored pens and pencils, lunch spills on the papers, no pictures -- just quotes.

I must have picked up some habits from my high school friends because even now as an adult I love quotebooks.  I love the idea of capturing a quote for all time -- those little sayings that make us laugh deep in our bellies, yet vanish like the mist on the wind in just a few days.  So a few years ago, I grabbed a regular old notebook and started keeping quotes.

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The system worked, but as an adult, I was ready to graduate up a step. (HEY MAMAS, STOP READING HERE if you think you will be overwhelmed.  Jotting down those quotes is ENOUGH!)   I didn't need a full on scrapbook, but I wanted a better version of our high school scrapbook.  So I gathered a few supplies, a few photos and within an hour, my quote book was more than a quote book, but not yet a scrapbook.  Join me as I show you how you can put together your own quote book today!

Supplies needed to make your own quote book:

The secret to this book is the simplicity with which you can put it together, but also the way it functions as you look through memories.  One of my favorite aspects of the quote book are the clothespins.  I don't know about you, but when I take photos, I tend to take a full "shoot" and then put the camera away.  I don't typically take one shot here and one shot there.  So when I look through memories, I love looking through an entire shoot, but that means a large portion of the scrapbook is filled with one event.  The solution?

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You see, I glue a couple photos from the day into the book, along with some quotes from the day.
 The rest of the photos sit directly on top of the first photo and are simply clipped in.

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You can flip through the photos like a flip book, spread them out in a fan and then 
scrunch them back together again, or go ahead and take the photos out and look through them.

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Sometimes though, I do only have a couple photos and to spice up those pages, I turned to the SMASH stickers.  These cute little stickers say "makes me happy" or "Don't forget" -- things I say to myself all the time.  Simply stick them onto or beside your photos and your book with some pictures and quotes turns into a polished history of your family's daily life.

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The quote book - Crafts Unleashed

So you've gotten all your supplies, you are ready to start your book, but you can NEVER remember to write good quotes down from your kids.  You tell your husband, "PLEASE don't let me forget he said this today!" and inevitably you both do.  The solution?  SMASH pads.  These little pads fit easily into your purse for everyday travel and can be grabbed at a moment's notice to jot down a memory or quote.  Don't want to spend the $$?  Try post its.  JUST GET THE INFO DOWN.

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Divided into categories such as travel, entertainment and quotes, each of these pads are full of 
sweetly designed little papers designed to get you writing about the things you don't want to forget.
There is even one for travel disasters which feel like torture at the time, but make some of the best memories.

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The little pad papers work seamlessly with the stickers and other SMASH products, so once you have 
filled a SMASH pad, it is just a matter of matching them up to the right pictures and voila!  Memories kept!

The quote book 2- Crafts Unleashed

All in all -- the actual making of the book that covers two years took about two hours in front of the TV.  If you have ever tried scrapbooking, you know that is a record!  So what do you say?  Why not try capturing those sweet little quotes that you know you will forget and pair them with a simple and easy scrapbooking system?  It is easier than you think and a project that gets sweeter with age!

Quotebooks (If you make ONE THING from this series, make THESE!)

The Journals (yes, these are different than the quotebooks, but just as easy!)

Footprints and Handprints (CAPTURE those tootsies!)

A Gallery Wall (PRINT and DISPLAY those photos!)

Life Sized Cork Board (A solution for ALL those art projects!)

TBALL Photos -- A Better Way (I KNOW you are sick of them too!)

Book Canvases (...for the mom who needs some art motivation)

SCHOOL Pictures  (An improvement on tradition!)


Lauren Lanker said…
Oh yes yes yes! I love this idea...and the fact that you're adding in photos and cutie embellishments along the way makes it all the more fun. Whenever my SILs tell me the cute things my nieces and nephews say, I ask them, "Are you writing this stuff down?" Too often, they say they're not...just because there are SO many good quotes, they don't think to do it. Maybe I need to make them each a QUOTE book for Christmas this year.... Thanks for the inspiration, Amy!

Oh, and Alex from Northstory is a contributor here now?! That's AWESOME! I didn't think A Nest for All Seasons could get any cooler, but I think it just did. ;-)

The Thinking Closet
Amy Renea said…
Lauren!! That would be PERFECT for Christmas presents -- and I bet yours would be REALLY really cute too!!

...and yes I think Alex is quite the bomb ;) as are YOU!
JoAnn said…
What a great idea, I am thinking tthis would make a great baby shower gift or bridal gift - new moms are overwhelmed and this would give them a new way to capture memories!!
Amy Renea said…
That is a FABULOUS idea Joann!