All About Me Album

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All About Me Album

A couple years back for my 40th birthday year, I started an AAM "All About Me" album. I haven't finished it yet since life kind of got in the way. kind of ironic, I wanted to scrap about myself and life stopped me. LoL

Any how... I thought I would share some of the ideas/topics I wanted to cover on the pages within it. Is anyone else doing an AAM album? What ideas for themed pages are you hoping on including? If anyone has any ideas that they did or are going to do in theirs, please share with us!

So... I'm gonna copy and paste them all into one list type post in post number 2 of this thread as you all share for easy access for anyone who wants them as a reminder later on or for ease of use to newbies. smiley Note: If someone does at a later date want more detailed info, feel free to read the individual posts below the second one for peoples exact thoughts. smiley

  • When I Was A Baby
  • Favorite Holiday Memory
  • Favorite Hobby -or- All My Hobbies/Crafting
  • Unforgettable Evening/Date
  • What I Believe: (About being a parent, spouse, spiritually, etc)
  • Things I Betcha Don't Know About Me
  • About my parents (what I learned from them)
  • School Days: Pre-School, Elementary, Middle, Jr High, and/or High School, College
  • What Scares/Terrifies Me Most
  • What Makes Me Most Happy/Content
  • My Family Tree
  • My Name, Why my mom/dad chose it? - Do you like it? - What it means? - Was it popular the year you were born? - Nickname
  • My Birth: Where, When, Anything special about that day (weather, current event, etc)?, In the year I was born
  • About my hometown, birthplace, etc
  • About my Grandparents (what I learned from them)
  • Seasonal memories and/or traditions
  • Going off to College
  • My first apartment
  • My first car
  • My first like, crush, love smiley
  • My Forever Love
  • My First Job or Job History before your chosen career, Current Career
  • World Events: (How do I feel and See It) Vietnam War, Advent of computers and cell phones, 9/11, Election of The First Black President, Deep Sea Horizon Oil Spill, Electronic books, Japan Earthquake & Tsunami, Women in Combat
  • Family History/Genealogy Style/About My Family
  • My favorite animal(s) My Favorite Pet(s)
  • My favorite color(s)
  • The first poem I learned by heart, First Book I remember reading... Favorite Poetry or type of Books
  • What people mean in my life: Best Friend, Parent, Spouse, etc
  • 10 Things I Love about Myself! smiley
  • 20 Random Words Describing Me

Inspiration Boards or Links:
(from Marisa)
(from Marisa) [Monthly Faves type pages]
(from Melouise)

This is a great idea! I'm coming up slowly on needing a new project to work on and I'm thinking something like this, or at least more focused on daily life. I've started this board on Pinterest to help get me thinking:

I'd love to see what people have been working on for "all about me" scrapping.

I just came across this post about doing a monthly faves list, seems like a cool idea,

I started writing a family history a few years back. So far I've covered most of the previous generations, as far as family lore goes. I had only a few photographs to use as illustrations. Perhaps albums like this would be a better cover for my generation and younger, since we have so many photos available. And also we are all still around to interview.

Perhaps this is too heavy of thought, but I have been thinking that it might be of interest to future generations of what I think and feel about world events - For example, how do I feel and see the Vietnam War, or the advent of computers and cell phones, 9/11, the election of the first black president, the Deep Sea Horizon Oil Spill, electronic books, The Japan earthquake and tsunami, women in combat....etc. I know that I would have LOVED to know what my grandparents thought about the invention of the automobile, television, radio, etc.

Great idea!! I'm a huge genealogy buff. This would fit right in with interviews I did with my parents (actually ended up putting their responses into a bound book). I'm thinking it may not be a bad idea to do something similar for my girls about my husband's and my life...or at least start it. smiley

@Marisa - I just fell in love with Monthly faves project - I must include it on my yearbook, or at least at my blog-a-day project.

@Shawna: I have the plan to start a "Book of me", which the first project dates from 3 years ago - well, those are the topics I included on the project back there

1- The story of my name
2- On the day I was born... (well, it makes sense for me, as I was born in a winter solstice - and, on that year, it was also Corpus Christi holiday)
3- On the year I was born...
4 - My favorite animal
5 - My favorite colors (as I have two, red and purple, I´d do two pages)
6- When I was a baby (ok, I know you had this idea to... but it´s the only one that matches)
7- The first poem I learned by heart (I know lots of them :p)

I stopped here, and it´s not a project I think I´ll start still this semester. But things can change...

I also think I'm going to do a monthly faves pages. Might not get it finished before the end of the month, but I'm at least going to write down the list...maybe make sure I have a photo...

Great ideas! I have a few 'all about me' pages, but they are not just about me... They are about me in relation to the people I love most. Why and what I love about my mom, my husband, my pets... I left the kids out, because they already have lead-parts in all the rest of my scrapping layouts.

One of my favorite "all about me" layout that i made was: 10 things i love about me smiley Cause when you do it you actually have to think hard on what you are really good at and we don't usaly stop and do that smiley

Ok Ladies: I caught up with y'all so far smiley I kind of combined some things that were similar and added to others, etc... I think I got the general idea from everyone so far. If someone wants more details, I added to my original post saying they could read the indiviual posts if they wanted more exact details of peoples thoughts. smiley

The last posts made me remember a paper scrap layout I made more or less 2 years ago:

It´s called "20 random words describing me", and the words are Books - Sun - Papers - Peace - Stickers - Philosophy - Flowers - Chocolate - Friends - São Paulo - Dawn - Mess - Poetry - Red - Grece - Love - Cildren - Art - Gods

Did you paint that flower on the side of it??? Great layout! Great idea, about the 20 random words about me! I'll add it to the list. smiley

In fact, this is a paper from Scenic route that comes with this branch, but this came with no outline. I used a 0,2 mm pen to trace some outlines on the flowers, and a grey 0,5mm pen to add some internal details. When I use a decorated page to paper scrap I often add details to the decoration :p Here is another page with the same paper. You can probably see the differences if you look closely smiley

It makes an awesome difference... what a great idea/tip to add details for my paper scrapping! I will definitely have to remember it for future use. smiley

Well, I have already taken on a huge project for myself for 2013 but thank you for sharing your All About Me topic list! It will be great to have when I needs some journaling inspiration!

For all the mommy's among us: I found a cute mommyblog with a ton of ideas in one of her posts; "30 things my kids should know about me" Lots of 'all about me'-ideas for memorykeepers!

Copying this post Tina Shaw shared on Aug 23, 2013 for everyone to see her awesome additions to the idea of scrapping yourself!!! smiley

Yay! I finally located my AAM information that I've been looking for, so I'm going to share! This was GREAT for this book!

All About Me Album
Page 1: Cover Page - Album title, name and senior picture

Page 2: Dedication Page - Why create the album
This album is dedicated to my family and friends, so that everyone who is important to me will know what my life was like. I hope you will be able to know me better through my scrapbook. You can learn all about my likes and dislikes, what makes me tick, what makes me sad, and what I love best!

Page 3: Your Beginning - Include the info. from the day you were born. What do you know about the day? Include your stats, if you know them. If possible, you may want the perspective of others on the day of your birth. I'm sure there are websites where you can find out information about the day you were born--like a time capsule. Maybe you even have a newborn photo!
Christina Marie Watkins, Friday, January 23, 1976; 7 lbs. 7 ozs.; Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska; "This Day in History"; Baby Pic

Page 4: Childhood Activities - Art lessons/Girl Scout Best of Show, Piano lessons/recitals, Church choir/All-city choir, church activities - camp, Girl Scout camp, Little Miss Miller County pageant; What activities were you involved in as a child? Scouting, 4-H, lessons, baseball, soccer, etc. Did you enjoy participating, or were you forced into it? How long did you do it? Were you any good at it? How do you think participating in this activity influences your life today?

Page 5: Childhood Activities - continued

Page 6: Kindergarten - 8th grade - schools attended, extracurricular activities; The first part of this week's challenge is to do a layout about your K-12 school years. What was a typical day like? What did you accomplish that you were proud of? What schools did you go to? What was your opinion of school? Were you involved in any activities? Who were your friends? What value do you place on education?

Page 7: High School Years - schools attended, extracurricular activities; Think back to your high school years...the clothes, hair, slang words, etc. Did you follow the trends or do your own thing? If you could do it again would you change anything?

Page 8: 100 Things I Love - Things I love: list 50-100 things that you love. Including the small things (cookies, the smell of winter, taking a walk). Guess we'll have to thank Rebecca Sower for this too! She did a great page in her new book, and she had 100.
1. Family
2. Friends
3. my children
4. my mother
5. scrap booking
6. education
7. chocolate
8. coffee
9. cross stitching
10. browsing the Internet
11. singing
12. music

Page 9: 100 Things I Love - continued

Page 10: Family - What are your fondest memories of spending time with your family (or other older people very close to you). What types of things did you do? What did you learn from them? Write about your brothers and sisters growing up. Older, younger, how many, etc. Did you like them? What did you do together? Are you still as close as you were as kids? Are you closer? Are you an only child? Don't feel left out!! How did you feel about being an only child? Did you want brothers and sisters? Did you make believe some? Or were you glad you were an only child? What do you remember about your parents from your childhood? When you think of your Mom or Dad, what specific thing comes to mind? Do you remember your Mom cooking in the kitchen? Do you picture your Dad in his fishing boat? Close your eyes and picture them. What are they doing? Is it something they did a lot, or just a happy time that you spent with them? Journal about that memory and why it is special to you.

Page 11: Friends - What do you value in a friend? Do you find it easy to make friends? Are you outgoing or shy? How has the Internet changed your view of friendship? Do you have a best friend? Who is your oldest friend? Do you think having friends is important? How close are you to your friends?

Page 12: Traditions - Do you do special things on your birthday? How did those traditions start? How does your family make your day special for you? Have you always had a party? Have you never had a party? Is your birthday just another day, or do you treat it like a holiday? Whether it's picking pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, bobbing for apples, or trick-or-treating, we all have fall traditions. Journal about where you go, what you do,
and why you enjoy it. How did your tradition get started? What's your favorite part? How long have you been doing it?

Page 13: People You Are Thankful For - Who are the people in your life that you are glad you knew? Some one that you are thankful you had a relationship with. It could be a relative, a spouse, or a really good friend. Somebody that has impacted your life in a positive way. Some one that this Thanksgiving you can say I’m thankful that I knew.

Page 14: Role Model - Are you a role model? I know many of us would like to be considered one. What qualities do you think make you a good role model? What ideals do you want to pass on to your children? Journal about these ideals and why they are important to you.

Page 15: Theme Song - What is your theme song? It could be your favorite song, but not necessarily. What song describes your attitude towards life? What song describes your life? Is it the lyrics that speak to you or the tempo? Do you own the song on CD or tape? How often do you listen to it? When did you first hear it? Describe your thoughts and feelings from the first time you heard it and the last. Have your thoughts about the song changed?

Page 16: My Talents - Now, take a look at the really fun side of scrap booking! Do you have any dreams…getting published, the perfect scrap room, your own paper-line, being caught-up, etc. Do you search for embellishments in crazy places? Do you walk around Michaels, coupon in hand, determined to find something to buy? Do you stalk 2peas for new products to arrive so you can be the first to fill your bucket? Each of us has our own special talent, what is yours? How did you discover your talent? How has your talent grown over time? What level do you consider yourself at now? Are you an expert, or a novice? How do you practice your talent? Yes, I firmly believe that everyone has a talent. Think about it this way, you are going to enter a contest. Think about that a second. Now, what contest did you enter? Obviously you think you are talented enough at that to enter a contest. See, you are talented! Do others in your family share your talent? Did you inherit your talent from someone in your family? Do you hope to pass it on to your children or grandchildren?

Page 17: Greatest Accomplishments - What about you do people remember after they have met you? What do people comment on when they meet you for the first time? Is it your sparkling personality? Is it your great wit? Is it your purple hair? Is it your great laugh? Document this for the future generations who will long to meet you. Looking back on your life this far, what do you consider your greatest accomplishment? If you lived your life over, what is one thing that you would make sure you did again?

Page 18: The Computer/Technology in the Year 2003 (or "Then" and "Now") - Obviously you have a computer if you are reading this. What do you do with your computer? Computer journaling? Computer generated LO’s? Computer games? Surfing the net? What are your favorite websites? (hee hee I bet I know this one! ) Keep track of what you do on-line on an average day and how much time you spend on the computer. You might be surprised. Another thing you might be interested in looking at is your history folder on your browser. This shows all the websites you have been to. That might give you a good idea of what you spend your time on.

Page 19: Little Things - What are the little things in life that make you happy? I’m so glad that little things can make me happy, I wanted a whole page to remind me. This is similar to the 100 things I love LO, but different. These are the little things that when I see or do, put a huge smile on my face. Like opening mail, window shopping, reading a good book, or a happy meal. The little things in life are wonderful!

Page 20: Things I've Learned About Life - Only one topic this week because I think this one is a pretty time intensive one. You’ve been alive for awhile now and you are a pretty smart cookie. What have you learned about life? What invaluable advice can you pass on to people about life? No, I’m not talking about some complex theory that’s going to win you the noble prize. Simple things. You’ve probably seen the book or the posters “All I really need to know, I learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. Link to poster. They are simple things, but have real meaning. Go read the poster. Back? Okay. No, I’m not saying you want to write about what you learned in Kindergarten. Mr. Fulghum did a pretty decent job of that. How about joy? What have you learned about joy? Patience? Kindness? Goodness? Faithfulness? Love? Peace? Gentleness? Self control? Try doing a page about each. You could end up with an entire album. No, I’m not saying that you HAVE to do a whole entire album. I’m just challenging you to do one page in your All About Me album. Just think if your mother had written out a page of advice on patience for you for when your kids got on your nerves. How invaluable would that be?

Page 21: Things I've Learned About Life - continued

Page 22: Where Were You When… - This is a great idea from another Pea’s DH. I can’t remember the Pea and the search function won’t go back that far. If anybody has that thread bookmarked, or remembers the Pea, could you please pass it along to me? It really is a neat idea and definitely deserves revisiting. Where were you when the Challenger blew up? Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Where were you 9-11? These types of questions get asked every now and again at various functions and I always love hearing the answers. Make up a time line of events and write down all your answers. Not only does this describe you, but it also describes the feelings of the events and makes them more real for our children who will only read about them in their history books. Here is a listing of events you might want to include. Definitely not a complete list by any means, but something to get you started. A search on the web would get you exact dates and times and pictures that could be printed out and included on your page.

Challenger disaster
Invasion of Panama
Gulf War
Waco Texas Branch Davidian standoff
OJ Simpson chase
Mother Teresa's death
Princess Diana's death
Clinton scandal and impeachment
September 11
Anthrax scare
East coast sniper
Columbia disaster
War in Iraq

Page 23: Where Were You When… - continued

Page 24: The End -

And since I know where I got it from (NOW), I ran across the original post with a TON more ideas!

Thanks so very much to Tina for bringing this thread back to life and sharing so much Awesome information with us all!!! You are a great asset to our community hun! smiley Blessings, Shawna

This is such a cool idea, I've definitely been thinking of doing something similar but have no real rhyme or reason to my pages, hehe. (You'll notice a few LOs in my gallery that are of me when I was a kid/teenager) So thanks for the great ideas!

Awww, thanks, Shawna!

Wow great ideas... I really loved the idea of how I relate to others, it's more my thing instead of all about me.

One thing I dont think I saw was Places I've Been, or Places I've Lived. Our family keeps track of the USA with state magnets, and DD has a list started for outside North America.

I have been trying to get started on doing a BOM because I am really getting old and want to do it for my Daughter. I think it would help her to know me a little better and would be something she could refer to when I am no longer around. There are really some great topics to use in a book. It's just planning it out that is so difficult.

I've now seen some more great ideas with all of your ideas. Thanks a lot. It may be the push I need to get it together.

Here's another link with more ideas for a similar book.

@Brenda: Wow! that link has tons of ideas... great find! smiley TFS

First, Is there any way this could be posted to the top as a sticky so it doesn't go anywhere and will be easy to find for reference?

Second, Has anybody seen this?
It is sort of along this line of All About Me. I think I am going to try it out.
Let me know what you all think.

Ooh, Brenda...I like that concept! Anyone know what to do when you just don't remember the answers to the questions, though?? smiley

I Never. never do this. Maybe I can especially in digital us physical. Just maybe I can. LOL

Tina There's a place to click on to skip questions and I have been doing lots of skipping but I think it's great and so many things I haven't even discovered yet.

I'll try to Pin it to the top and if I can't I'll ask Marisa if we can. Thanks for letting us know you like it that much ladies! smiley

This is such a great idea! I'd love to find the time to do one for myself and one for the hubby! Those would be so much fun for my son to look back at!