Monday, 14 March 2011

Conversational

I rather loved this template when I saw it on Cathy Zielske's blog; I was reminded of it when I saw Ali Edwards' post sharing her layout using it, and this time I went straight away to get it and conducted my first two interviews with The Children that same day! It was so much fun that I filled in one for myself with only one minor adaptation, and then when The Doctor got back from his work trip I got him to answer the questions, too :-)


{Click on a layout to enlarge it!}

Those are the digi versions; I then switched off the photos before printing each onto cardstock, then printed the photos themselves on photo paper, trimmed them and stuck them on. I added the appropriate name with Thickers, stamped the date in the corner, and mounted the whole lot onto 12x12 cardstock in a coordinating colour. Here's what mine looks like completed:

{If I'd checked the size of the Thickers first I may have left a bigger space for them - but hey, in an I quote Kate moment I'm just moving swiftly on!}

I love that I now have a set of four of these in my album. I love that I can revisit it in a few years to see how (and if!) our answers have changed. I love that I can alter the questions a bit to ring the changes. Plus, of course, I can just turn the Q&A bit into a journaling block and use it to tell a longer story. Love the simplicity of this design!

I also love some of the answers in particular. Did you see that both The Girl and The Doctor picked David Bowie as their favourite singer? That The Girl hates 'carrots when you can taste them'? That The Boy's favourite sport is 'sitting down' (that's my boy!) and he thinks Stephen Hawking is the coolest person on earth? That The Doctor says that his best friend is me (oops! I didn't pick him! But I redeemed myself by saying that my best memory was our wedding day...) and if he changed his name he'd pick 'Zeltrax'? What's not to like?!

But possibly my absolute favourite thing about this exercise was that it prompted the following conversation:

Me: The thing my parents are too strict about is...?
The Boy: *thinks* Nothing.
M: Really? Aw, that's lovely sweetheart, but are you sure? Isn't there anything that you wish we'd let you do?
TB: Everyone has things they wish their parents would let them do, but I understand why you have rules about things, and I don't think you're too strict. I think you're right.

I love my The Boy! ♥

Thanks, Cathy xx

23 comments:

Ruth said...

These are fab! I love reading about you all. x

helena said...

wonderful - lvo ethe full set. Useful that you and The Doctor are happy to live on bread - you have it fresh and then he can have the stale stuff toasted!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Awesome exercise, and I love the pages.
rinda

scrappyjacky said...

Fascinating,Mel....and it will definately be great to look back on and see how the answers change over the years....especially the childrens.
I am at a loss to understand how anyone can hate cheese....that is the snack I could live on....but I'm reminded just how much I loved Angel Delight....haven't had it for years....p'raps I should buy some.

Kirsty.a said...

This is awesome Oh awesome One. I must steal / scraplift this

Melissa said...

Mel, these are wonderful. I like how you created them digitally then turned them into a hybrid project for you album. And the interviews themselves are priceless. It will be so interesting to see how these answers change (or not) over the years.

Beverly said...

Love these conversational layouts. Bacon sandwiches! You'd fit in perfectly at our house lol Stephen did awesome in the triathlon, will be blogging about it in thr next few days :)

Sian said...

These are wonderful - can you imagine how much fun they'll have going back over them a few years down the line? My kids are always asking "what did I say about?" - a few pages like this might start to answer some questions!

Scrappi Sandi said...

Phew!! I've just completed a marathon catch-up!! I am almost weak kneed at your 'Tim' album...sigh!! Just gorgeous!!...& then I get to this post & more stunning gorgeousness!! I think the Thickers are the perfect size...I may just have to use your idea & create four of these for me & mine as 12x12 LO's..inspired!! ♥

alison290 said...

Love this idea Mel! .....it will be interesting to repeat this in a year or two

Denise said...

Wonderful ! My other half is an Alice Cooper nut. He dragged me to Stuttgart to see him in concert for his 50th.I love reading about you all xx

Anonymous said...

aww Mel I'm touched and all warm and glowing inside! We could never make you choose! I love that you love Doctor Who too :-) Can't wait for it to be back on TV.

I may have to borrow this idea, what a great keepsake! Wonder what my two would say...

CDHS xx

cathy said...

Okay, you're raising that kid right, with the Bowie love! So fun to see this!

Miriam said...

This will be sooo good to look back on, great idea x

Heather said...

This is so cool Mel! Im itching to ask my DS all these questions but I think I had better let him sleep til morning :) Fabulous idea xx

Karen said...

Fabulous pages, and it will be so much fun to do again in a year or so and see what's changed. I loved the final conversation with the Boy. We had a very similar conversation once with ours when he was a senior in high school. It was very gratifying!

Maya said...

Fabulous layout! The conversation at the end is priceless! Looks like you did something right ;-)

Clair said...

You can't possibly can better(er) or nicer(er) than you already are x

Jimjams said...

Love this idea - have bookmarked it for the Easter holidays when everyone is home again - and I'll measure my title alphas first :P

Love that last bit of conversation ... a wise head on young shoulders!

Kai said...

I love these! Doing these little quizzes and scrapbooking them is something I've wanted to do for a long time but I've never gotten around to it. That makes me sad. I'm glad you've done it... they really are very cool! And I love your The Boy's comment about understanding your rules. That's fabulous!

Sandra said...

oh this is stunning. I've like finding out more about you and your family. Really great layouts :)

Cheri said...

The Boy definitely gets gold stars for recognizing the value of the rules - must be yours are fairly reasonable. I would love to do these with my kids, but I'm afraid 1) they would think it is hokey and wouldn't play along and 2)the list of how the parents are too strict would go on and on and on...

Tracey said...

How wonderful ... what a fantastic thing to do with your family! :)

PS. I think 'The Boy' is a keeper! ;)