With the recent interest in men in scrapbooking, I approached my husband to see if he might be interested in sitting down with a nice cup of tea and doing some cropping with me. Haha – his answer was what I expected, “Aaaahhhh…No, but thanks for asking!” Haha. Thank YOU for your interest, hubby! After assuring him that I would not force him into something that had anything to do with ribbons and frills, I did get him to agree to consider what he might actually like if I did up a layout for him.
The basic question that I asked him was, “If I (your wifey dearest) were to make up a scrapbook page for you (my hubby dearest) what could I do that you might appreciate and actually enjoy and (heaven forbid) even display somewhere?” Here are a couple of the ideas that he came up with (maybe this guy is something more than just smelly socks and funny noises.) Layout above is by Anne Terryn, “Vieux Greements.” To see the full page spread, please click here or check out her blog linked to her name.
Sporting Event Shadow Box. This is a little more than just a layout but done up simply with event ticket stubs, maybe a page or two out of the program, a crushed popcorn box and even a picture or two, he says he would consider putting the page up on the wall. (He suggested the shadow box, to preserve the memorabilia.) So maybe next time he drags you out to the next NASCAR event or basketball game, see what you can pickup. Bring the digital camera along for pictures of him enjoying himself. A related idea might be to use a team photo as the focal point – maybe even his old high school football photo – you know, when he had hair? Shadow box above, “Judo” was done by Rachel Wassimon.
Sporting Hero Page. (Do we see a trend developing here?) This project would be much along the same lines as the first idea except the topic would be some sporting great. Maybe a layout of Tiger Woods with some golf tees, maybe a golf event listing with Tiger as the winner, a picture or two all put together on a nice felt golf green background. If you use the shadow box again, you could add a couple of golf balls and tee’s. My husband suggested that I do a page up about Wayne Gretzky – he suggested that I go out and get a Gretzky rookie card and maybe a signature from eBay … (Hmm, it’s ok to spend money on stuff when the scrapbooking page is for him. I see how it works.)
That Fishing Trip. Does he have some grimy old photo of him holding up some big fish with a silly look on his face? (your husband, not the fish.) Or maybe a picture of him and his buddies all holding strings of fish? Put that into a page. Now, a word of caution. A layout like this can go wrong, really fast. Make sure you get a clear understanding of the significance of that picture – was it THE big one, or maybe it was just that it was from Alaska. Don’t assume these things, the importance that HE places on that picture might not be what you see. And this idea came with one clear instruction: “do not go into my tackle box for embellishments! If you feel you want something for this layout, let me know what you need, and I’ll see what I have.” Well! He made that pretty clear, don’t you think? I wonder what he’s hiding in that thing? Check out this layout above right by Whitney Wilcox, “A Day in the Life.” (You can see more of Whitney’s work on her blog linked at her name, or by clicking here).
Kids Layout. This one I had to prompt out of him. He agreed that a page about our son, Lochlan, would be nice as long as it did not look like all the other pages I’ve made up about about him. “Make it manly” is exactly what he said. So, in keeping with his other “manly” suggestions, I assume this means maybe something with he and Lochlan doing something “manly” together. Maybe a nice fishing layout with someone holding up the prerequisite fish. Or, maybe you’ve got some photos of the whole crew on a camping trip… You get the idea.
Basically, the thought I think he was trying to get across, is that a layout or display is fine as long as you don’t use all those pretty embellishments and papers you’ve been collecting for years. Think like a man (the horror.) This project might be harder than you realize, but if you pull it off, you might have an ally next time you have that IKEA table to put together. If you are really lucky to can get him to get rid of that disgusting stuffed fish in over the doorway in the basement and replace it with a nice fishing layout. Haha, oh well, one likes to dream.
So, if you’ve made up a page that your husband or significant other actually liked, we love to see it. Or, are you a guy scrapbooker? Tell us about your scrapbooking! Just post a link in the comments and if we get a good response we’ll do up a post featuring them.
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