The Book of Me:
A Guide to Scrapbooking About Yourself

by Angie Pedersen

North Light Books, 2002. ISBN 1930500084.
Reviewed by Maggie Knorr
Posted on 06/05/2002

Nonfiction: Creative Life

I taught scrapbooking for about a year, and one thing I noticed was that the person collecting the family history or saving the family photos is usually the one left out of the record. The individual rarely sees any importance in the story of their own life. In some ways I felt the same until my father, and later my two grandfathers, died. Their stories, of which I knew only bits and pieces, were gone forever. They hadn't felt their stories were of any importance. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how important their stories were until they were gone.

The Book of Me will take you step-by-step in scrapbooking your lifestory. You can use it to make one big book dedicated completely to your story, create theme books based on aspects of your life, adding pages dedicated to you in family albums or to make a remembrance album about another member of the family.

You are walked through your life story by covering the topics: childhood, celebrations, youth and college, soul mate, nurturer, homemaker, friendship, team playing, worker bee, character, a work in progress, personal power, dreamer, spiritual being, and all about me. Each topic includes prompts to trigger journaling, photo opportunities and ideas for memorabilia. There are wonderful full-color photos of scrapbook pages done by ladies who have participated in Angie's workshops, as well as plenty of inspirational quotes and internet resources in the sidebars. Angie also give you tips on organizing your materials, painting a scene with words, decorating and laying out your thoughts before starting those pages for a better scrapbooking experience.

I really love The Book of Me. It makes scrapbooking your life story easy, and is a friendly and encouraging guide. Use it to keep your life story from slipping into oblivion. Give it as a gift to help those you love document their stories. Give it as a gift to yourself—a gift that will continue to give to you and to your family for many generations.

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