Long before the scrapbooking craze began, I was doing my own "scrapbooking" using a three-ring binder - and construction paper, notebook paper & pictures from magazines.
At 15 my heart had already been broken. By 16 I was trying to gain some independence and be all "grown-up". Then Kirk and I started dating.....and falling in love.
When you are a "first-born" -- independence and growing up aren't easily come by...it's a lot of work (sorry Cara!). To ease my pain, sometimes I'd read poetry. Or write my own poetry. Other times my heart would be bursting with joy and love -- so I'd write poems.
Or I'd look through my Bible for verses I liked - then put them in my notebook. At first the pages were all handwritten. Then one year I got my very own electric typewriter. With erasable bond paper stacked at my side, I began typing up all the poetry and sayings, and music lyrics, and Bible verses. Then I'd put them in my binder.
I also have pages filled with these little "Love is . . ." cartoons. Kirk would cut them out of the daily Chicago newspaper when he was working at the steel mill over the summer. He'd give them to me on dates -- or save them, and mail them with the letters he sent while he was away at school. Everybody now....."awwwwwww".
Check out the embellishments! The use of stickers on the pages.
I don't think I've ever shown anybody this book before! I know my kids haven't seen it (unless they did on the sly) -- and I'm not so sure Kirk has seen it either. I've kept it pretty hidden. I think because I was embarrassed. It is kinda corny.