Memorial Scrapbook Layouts


Memorial Scrapbook Layout

My first thoughts of Memorial Scrapbook Layouts go directly toward layouts of loved ones, like the layouts of my parents after they passed away. But Memorial Scrapbooks can also be about others we have lost through out history or folks that we admire from afar.

I put together a few pages about my father several years after he passed away, and I found that working on the project actually helped me to solidify some of the great times we had together. It was very helpful emotionally.

In the years following, I occasionally did scrapbook layouts of my mother when we uncovered an old photo of her. That was a lot of fun and we always ended up going over some of the great "family stories."

When I lost her, I pulled those pages out of their chronological albums and moved them into an album to take to the funeral home.

While it was very hard for me to do - emotionally - it was helpful. I left it on display at the funeral home and included some blank photo mattes and asked the visitors to write down something that they remembered about my mother. I got some really wonderful stories and memories from the guests that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Remember, your Memorial Scrapbook Layouts or Albums do not have to be about relatives.


After the Columbia Shuttle disaster in February 1, 2003, I collected photos of the astronauts and diagrams from the newspapers and magazines and wanted to remember them in these layouts.

I am the daughter of a Air Force officer who was involved with the Space Program for the last part of his career so there was a lot of family interest with the Shuttle.

Memorial Col.umbia Shuttle Scrapbook Layout Memorial Col.umbia Shuttle Scrapbook Layout



This first 2-page spread was done on black background paper to represent the darkness of space or the night sky. Journaling was done on gold cardstock on the computer.

The Title Journaling,

A Man's Reach should exceed his grasp,
Otherwise, what's a Heaven for?
--Robert Browning


The Journaling box on the left lists the crew members and their positions on Columbia.  The Journaling box on the right is a poem about the crew members, but I don't know who wrote it.

"They soared like eagles into the sky,
Few have ever flown so high.
Years of training doing what they loved,
For a chance to look down from so far above.

They knew the risk but gave their all,
And did their best to complete their call.
To the seven brave astronauts who loved to fly.

We now respecfully say our final good-bye."


There are various stickers of space elements, the shuttle, and the black Quasar stickers and an American flag to finish off this set of Memorial Scrapbook Layouts on the Columbia Shuttle Crew.






Memorial Col.umbia Shuttle Scrapbook Layout Memorial Col.umbia Shuttle Scrapbook Layout



This second 2-page spread was also done on a black background paper, but I used a VersaMark pen to draw lines radiating out from the center of the two pages.

These lines were then embossed with alternating silver and light purple embossing powder. Check out the page on Rubber Stamp Embossing for how to emboss using a Versa Mark Pen.

I also added 40 of the star shaped eyelets randomly placed on the background to represent larger stars in the sky and finally I attached some black Art Mesh with purple and white flecks, to represent other stars - I thought it looked a little like the "Milky Way."

Art Mesh used in Scrapbook Layout



Again the photos and diagrams for these Memorial Scrapbook Layouts were from magazines and newspapers and there were a few more space related stickers. Unfortunately I can't give credit for these as they were back from 2003 and I had no idea that I would ever show these layouts.





Memorial Scrapbook Layout Memorial Scrapbook Layout

The day I was able to see a copy of the Declaration of Independence which toured the country in 2002, also coinsided with the first anniversary of 9-11. Photos from that day's Memorial Service combined with brochures from the two sevices held in honor of the victims of 9-11 were saved for this layout.

For these Memorial Scrapbook Layouts, I had a navy blue strip with gold embossed 9-11-2001, an Eagle profile cutout, & Liberty Torch cutout and USA sticker. The image of the Star and Flag on the White paper was paper provided in the Club Scrap.com kit called Freedom from September 2002.





Vietnam Memorial Scrapbook Layout



"The Moving Wall" pictured in this Memorial Scrapbook Layout above is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than twenty years.

"When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of "The Wall." He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site." (Taken from the "Moving Wall" website.)

I was only able to get two photos from this visit so I did not have enough to fill up the page. The top Black & White photo of the original "Wall" was taken from a calendar.

My visit to "The Moving Wall" when it was in Charleston SC was something I did not want to miss as I never thought I would have an opportunity to visit Washington, DC. It was a very well done and impressive display that is a wonderful opportunity for Americans across the country to see.

Here is the link to the Vietnam Memorial "Moving Wall."


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