Scrapbooking Your Memories

Yesterday I attended Darcy Miller’s private showing of Family, a special exhibit showcasing her whimsical illustrations and passion for scrapbooking.  The pieces in the collection focused on her wedding, travels, and family, and ranged from shadowboxes, to scrapbooks, to journals to actual items from Darcy’s family life. You could see just how passionate and creative Darcy is when it comes to preserving memories, and I must say that it was truly inspiring!

Once upon a time I was an avid scrapbooker, but that was a hobby that fell to the wayside when the buzz of daily life intervened. I still have all my wedding keepsakes stored in a box because I hoped to scrapbook them all one day.  This exhibit renewed my desire to preserve my own family’s memories in similarly meaningful and beautiful ways, because you don’t necessarily have to be super crafty to replicate some of Darcy’s amazing ideas below!

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A shadowbox featuring tickets, pictures, and items collected on a family trip to Paris.

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Darcy creates the most incredible journal/scrapbooks for each of her travels, combining pictures, ticket stubs, and illustrations.. I can only imagine how much fun it must be to go through each of these journals and relive each trip!

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Here is a closeup of two pages from a journal she created for her African safari trip.  Imagine a book like this for your honeymoon.  This is something I have to do for my next trip! :)

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I’ve seen both these wedding scrapbooks up close and personal, and they are probably the best wedding scrapbooks I have ever seen in my entire life.  Check out close ups of them on a previous post I wrote here!

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And because these ideas might inspire you on how to preserve your own memories, here are some of the ways Darcy has showcased her family’s memories.

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Is this height/weight record too cute for words or what?!

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Darcy creates these fun illustrations which complement a lot of her scrapbooks.

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Our favor boxes!

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You can find out more about Darcy’s artwork here and see more pictures (of celebrities!) from the event here.

How do you plan on preserving the memories from your new family life?


Mrs. Bee

New York
Wedding Date:
March 2005
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 1
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    flipflopbride 1437 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:37 pm

    Those shadowboxes are amazing! She has some serious talent…and commitment!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 5:38 pm

    Oh man, those favor boxes looks good :).

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:49 pm

    wow. that’s so impressive and detailed! i doubt i’d have the attention span to finish a project like that

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    Miss_Carmel 316 posts, Helper bee @ 6:00 pm

    So inspiring. I love the travel journals. I’d love to do something like that for our honeymoon.

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    Vic004 804 posts, Busy bee @ 6:15 pm

    Wow those are amazing, I love her drawings too, she is so talented and so inspiring!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 7:08 pm

    Those shadowboxes are so amazing! I love the one with the little girls and the beads.

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:31 pm

    Ok I’m inspired now. I’ve had all my pictures and mementos from a trip to Paris 8 years ago stored in the garage. I’m ready to go now! Her scrapbooks are just amazing

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    Allison, Guest @ 8:07 pm

    Is there anything this woman does that isn’t amazing? These travel journals and shadowboxes are amazing and so inspiring! I’m always looking for ways to commemorate trips and life events. This is a beautiful idea!

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    amariem25 3753 posts, Honey bee @ 8:51 pm

    Those are cute, but if I had those all over my house it would just start to look cluttered. Especially since all of them are pretty much shadowboxes.

    Do a couple shadow boxes for one wall, then make the rest of your memories into actual scrapbooks that can be stored neatly away. That’s what I would do at least.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 11:56 pm

    amazing!!! i saved some of my wedding stuff too but don’t feel confident enough to make my own.

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    JoesWifey 2195 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:40 am

    I love the shadow boxes, but I wouldn’t have anywhere to put them! I wouldnt have the patience to scrapbook I dont think,

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 12:44 am

    I wish I could say just like Darcy, but I don’t have the talent for that. It does give me some good ideas, though, so thanks so much for the eye candy!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5689 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:44 am

    What great ideas! I’m not much of a scrapbooker, but this is inspiring!

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    ribbons 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:01 am

    I don’t have the talent for the scrapbooking, but the shadowboxes, oh my! I love them.

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    parfait 1755 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:51 am

    She is so artistic! I would love to preserve my memories this beautifully. The journals are my fav.

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:37 pm

    wow, these are all so swoon-worthy and inspiring! I love the travel journals and scrapbooks! i would love to be able to do something like that! wow!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:57 pm

    WOW! I am blown away! I think you (and Darcy) have inspired me to do something w/ my bouquet in a shadow box :)

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:58 am

    Those are amazing!! I love to scrapbook and have gotten pretty good at doing flat, but I might need to branch out and shoot for some 3-d Shadow Box type action! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    rhodeygirl, Guest @ 8:32 am

    I am seriously impressed. I wonder if all of those pieces are on display in her home or if she keeps many tucked away and rotates!

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:08 am

    Wow! These are so awesome and a great way to capture and preserve memories!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:42 am

    Those are really cool. I’m the worst about scrapbooking! Actually, my mom just volunteered to put together our wedding scrapbook and I decided to let her. If I leave it up to me, I’ll never do it!

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    D.Marie 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:54 am

    I love scrapbooking! These are so great, I love all the little details that make the pictures that much better! Thanks for sharing with us Mrs. Bee!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:03 pm

    some great ideas! I’m hoping to do a creative display with ticket stubs and postcards from our honyemoon.

    and how sweet is that baby shadow box with the hospital bracelet, cap and ultrasound pic!

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    Robin, Guest @ 3:00 pm

    Darcy is amazing and so creative!

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    John47, Guest @ 5:45 am

    Meanwhile us guys want to be Rik-Rok star missionaries caught up in Indiana Jones type adventures in jungle locations, fighting off slave traders and wild beasts, wondering if a cape and mask is proper jungle apparel. ,

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    fancysarah 27 posts, Newbee @ 2:08 pm

    Ooohhh, I really like some of these ideas!

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