Our Roles in Life

Family Walking OutsideHave you ever thought about all the different roles one person can have in life? First, we are born innocent, a child of someone. Sometimes with that birth, we become a sister. Or, perhaps that comes a few years later with the birth of another child into your family. Soon, you get older and you become a friend. Then, all of a sudden, one day, you might become an Aunt, or a Wife. Then it is your turn to take on the role of Mother. And, maybe one day, grandmother. One single person can play many different roles, and be lots of things to lots of people. Could you scrapbook a page to showcase that in a relative of yours?

I ran across a beautiful example of such a layout here. When scrapbooking a layout about a member of your family that you want to pay tribute to, don’t forget to think about all the roles that person may have played in their life to various people. Maybe they were a teacher, or a mentor, those should be added to the list too. While there are lots of ways to do a layout such as this, I love this example linked above.

Try scrapbooking a page about your grandmother, for example. Sit down and talk with her, if possible, and help her come up with titles that she had like Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife, etc. in her life. She may think of some that you may not! If she is no longer living, ask other living relatives if they can think of other roles she may have played in her life.

Next, look for a picture of your grandmother (or whoever you may be scrapbooking) that is closest to the age where she may have held all of these roles at once. Make sure the picture is one of her alone to capture the importance of what she was to everyone around her.

Last, think of a creative way to describe these various roles. I love how in the example above, she did the journaling in a circular motion around the photograph, and the whole layout itself is a circle. This is a beautiful idea if you have good handwriting. Notice the stitching that she made around the whole layout to keep her journaling straight. You might want to try stitching some lines for yourself as well for writing.

No matter how you create this layout, it is definitely a way to honor someone’s memory, and the diverse people that we all become in this life. We are not just one person to everyone, but we often take on many roles in life to serve those around us. That is something to be remembered.

Meredith Ethington is the author of this blog. To learn more about Meredith, and her history with Scrapbooking and Genealogy, go here.

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