Ok, so I took this prompt to use wood grain literally and actually used wood letter tiles for part of my title:
This is the scrapbook page I made about the story I
found about Ivory Fenderson and Jean Flahive's book "The Galloping
Horses of Willowbrook"
It is busy. I know. But there is a reason: I have 13 boxes, big boxes, full of family history from my late father. Most of the boxes contain family tree charts with names and dates and unidentified really old photographs. I inherited these boxes when my kids were a 2 year old boy with then undiagnosed ADHD (lets just say that boy NEVER slept for the first 5 years of life) and a new born infant girl; I was too busy to go through the boring piles of family history; I was doing my best to take my babies to the portrait studio at the mall to create my own unidentified photos. So the family history thing feels busy to me, so that the page looks busy - totally expresses my feelings about the family history and putting it all together. Maybe someday I'll make a super simple page about the carousel, but for now, it is totally busy.
Recently, I've had the chance to look at the tip of the family history iceberg; I'm just putting everything in some kind of order - meaning notebooks that I will eventually go through an actually organize. It is overwhelming, but I'm taking the one bite at a time to eat the elephant approach with it. I'm not sure why, but last night while the kids were in the pool, I started researching Ivory Fenderson on my ipad - just another random relative - I was trying to figure out exactly how I was related to him. So I was going through census records and other kind of old and boring records through Ancestry.com. I don't mean to say Ancestry.com is boring - it is actually technologically amazing - but census records from 1890 - well, maybe if you are a seasoned genealogist then you'd find them interesting, but for the rest of us its "oh yeah, ok, that's it... yes, it looks like he was a farmer..." (whoop-de-doo / who cares right?). My self-imposed challenge for my approach to family history and organizing all my Dad's old stuff has been to find the stories in the history.
Last night I hit the family history story jackpot! Someone had written an entire book about Ivory Fenderson's life and it was a "hartwarming and true story" about the world's oldest Steam Riding Horses Carousel!
I printed out a bunch of pages from the internet about Ivory Fenderson - including the census and a family tree chart to show how I'm related to him, and articles about the Willowbrook book etc. I also knew that I had recent photos of my daughter on a carousel - it was either Disney or Busch Gardens - I can't actually tell from the photos - and we go both places a lot, but for this page, it didn't matter where she was - just that she was on a carousel horse. I knew this page would need a pocket since I had all those print outs about the story. On top of the pocket I made a strip of internet images of the old carousel and a strip of photos of my daughter. I recently bought some washi tape so I used that to paste all the clippings down.
WOODGRAIN: (or actual wood) Then I added the big "Fenderson" at the bottom but I wanted the title to be more descriptive so I went looking for some smaller letters and came across those Scrabble wood letters which seemed perfect since they looked old and since the family history thing is like a game, putting all those pieces from the past together to find stories that people will want to hear.
Title: "I Found A Story! Ivory Fenderson's Carousel"
Journaling: There is none on the page, but it is all in the form of the internet printouts in the pocket so if someone was interested in finding out more, they could look through those; but if they just wanted flip through the album, they could also totally skip it and just see Allison on a carousel.
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