Thursday, March 6, 2014

Including Your Pets in Your Family Scrapbook

While looking for a certain photo over the weekend, I came across some of my old scrapbooks. I used to be a scrapbooker when I was younger. It's really a lot of fun. Everything is so digital these days, that I hardly have any hard copies of photos anymore.

While looking at my old scrapbooks, I found a lot of pages that were dedicated to my pets. One scrapbook was an English project my senior year of high school. We had to submit 5 pages each grading period with a photo and a paragraph of text. I had a page for Shiner, Kitty Kitty Meow Meow, and Francis Ferret.

Shiner and Francis playing. 

It was funny to read what I had to say about all of them back when I was 18 years old. What I was really thinking in my head was why on Earth did I think I could manage 3 pets while I was still in high school!? But, that's a whole different story I suppose. We live and we learn.


I was so excited about getting to keep Francis Ferret, there was just no way I could say no to having her as a pet. In the end, my father of all people bonded with her and she kind of became his pet. I always thought it was pretty weird because I just could never picture him even liking a pet like a ferret. Even today.


Kitty Kitty Meow Meow's page was pretty funny for me to read over. Looks as though there was some debate as to what we were going to name her. And to think we ended up with the oh-so original name of "Kitty Kitty Meow Meow"! Kitty Kitty Meow Meow just showed up one day, so throughout her life she kind of just came and went as she pleased. Although, she did go to live with my brother in college for several years before returning back with me.


And of course, Shiner was included in this scrapbook complete with adorable puppy photos! Squee!


Besides my high school scrapbook project, I made another scrapbook for my first daughter, Lily. I created a page for each of her first holidays that she celebrated and some other first moments. I smiled when I turned to this page in Lily's scrapbook.


I even made a page for Shiner and Lily together. I just love looking at these old photos.

I'm not sure if scrapbooking is "dead" and if it is, I think it needs to make a comeback. All the moments remembered when looking through the pages after years. It's just fun. To make them and remember them.

I know many pet parents don't have human children, so I just have to ask - have you ever made a scrapbook for your furry children? And if you do have human children, do you include your pets in your family scrapbook? Thanks for stopping by and reminiscing with me today!


You can take a step back in time by joining or visiting some of the other blog's participating in today's Throwback Thursday blog hop host by Dolly the Doxie and DOGthusiast!

35 comments:

  1. I've got some adorable photos of Rocco and Alexii together. Rocco was a grown-up dog when Alexii was born, and we didn't know how he would adjust to a newborn in the house. We found out reaaaal quick. Rocco adopted Alexii as his own, and fussed over his care to the point where we started calling him "Nanny Dog." If Alexii's diaper was wet/dirty, he'd find one of us and lure us into the room to change it. If Alexii started crying he went NUTS. If we propped Alexii up on the couch, he would snuggle up next to Alexii.

    We had to draw the line at his offerings of food. ;-) Got some great pictures of them snuggled together though.

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    1. That is so cute! Shiner never really did any of that stuff. Just some very subtle things.

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  2. Aww, puppy Shiner was so cute! I included my first dog, Scott, a husky/shepherd mix in some of my high school scrap books.

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  3. Sweet memories Ann and we think it should make a come back too but with it being a digital age I am not sure it would which is such a pity. May be you can get them scanned?
    Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. I did scan these ones in. I think the best part of the scrapbooking is actually making the pages. If you're a crafty person anyways.

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  4. Back in the day, The Staff didn't used to take many photos, sadly! BTW there is something for you over on my blog today :) x

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    1. Thank you Austin, I will be by to pick it up soon. Fortunately, I took pictures of EVERYTHING when I was in high school and right out of it. I have a huge drawer full of photo albums.

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  5. What adorable pages! I used to scrapbook too but you're right, with everything digital it's just harder to print out for some reason. I do try to make a book for every occasion though I've cut corners and order online :-)

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    1. Ah well those online books are very easy! I went to Walmart to develop some photos for a project and those damn machines took FOREVER! No wonder they are harder to print out LOL.

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  6. Those pictures are terrific. Scrapbooking is a lot of fun to do. And you are right, with the digital world, who has any real pictures. Have a super day.

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  7. That was so wonderful to share your memories with me. Many thanks! I love the photo of Shiner and Francis Ferret!

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  8. Hi Ann! I don't keep scrap books, but I have tons of photographs all over the house our our doggies! I also wanted to personally ask you if you can make a donation to our Fundraiser for the APL. This is my fourth year participating in this event to help end animal suffering and I need all the help I can get to collect donations from others! If anyone would like to make a small donation, here is the link: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikitaland/2014-doggy-dollars-kitty-kash Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity!

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  9. You did a super cute job. I only half way scrapbooked, I just couldn't get into it.

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    1. I feel bad because I have this super nice scrapbook for Lily and two photo albums from her first 2 years but I don't have any of that for Violet. =/

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  10. That was a lovely post, we never seem to use scrap books or even photo albums anymore, everything is on the computer and it seldom gets printed off xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Well, glad to know I am not alone Mollie!

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  11. I dont have a scrap book, I am not that organized!!! BOL I would love to start one though!
    Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!

    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky

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  12. That's nice Ann, I am trying to preserve photos of the boys, I love looking at photos from the past, Harley was such a cutie. Nice post, thanks for sharing!!

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  13. Loved seeing your old scrapbooks! Don't forget to link up and thanks for joining! Love Dolly

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    1. Yes ma'am Dolly, going now! Tried late last night but wasn't up yet.

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  14. look how wee little ewe N lily iz shiner !!! N kitty kitty meow meow splinters snickerdoodle looks like butter lover boomer oh cat !!! we due knot haza scrap book but we due haz sum shutterfly photo bookz de food serviss gurl maded for each oh uz !!

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    1. Those Shutterfly type books do seem like a popular alternative to scrapbooks these days!

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  15. We really don't have a scrap book cause I would. probably eat it!

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  16. Mom has photo albums and scrapbooks from here cat, gerbils and rabbits as a kid. They are fun to look at too.

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  17. I've never done any scrapbooking. However, many years ago my mom had a dog baby book for her doxie. I've got it now and it is so much fun to read. Full of little stories and lots of photos. Love yours, especially that last one with your daughter. So, so sweet!

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  18. This is so awesome Ann. I've never done scrapbooking before either but it looks like so much fun to go back and look at!

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  19. Oh I really need to get into scrapbooking - especially now that I have so many of the supplies on hand for some of the other projects I've been working on (I adore Mod Podge!) and a photo printer. Looking back... love the nostalgia. Love the style of your pages! And puppy Shiner makes me squeal.

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    1. I used to have a photo printer back when I was doing this. Maybe that's one of the reasons why it was easier now that I think about it.

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  20. Aw, how cute! We don't have any scrapbooks of us. The mom better fix that quick!

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  21. TW has a separate photo album for all her cats. The humans in her family don’t let themselves be photographed so there are tons of cat photos. Our Mac screensaver is set at “Scrapbook.” Some of the pages look so cool. Shiner was an adorable puppy!

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    1. I also have separate photo albums for cats and dogs. But my kids have gone through and disorganized everything =/

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  22. These are adorable!!! What a fun idea. I don't have anything like this for Katie or Waffles...but I know I've got piles of photos to work with so I should definitely get busy! Not only is it fun putting creative things like this together, I love that it gives us a chance to touch our memories.
    : ) GG

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    1. Maybe you need to do one of those digital scrapbooks. I'm sure yours would turn out terrific!

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  23. Love your scrapbooks! And what memories you brought back for us about scrapbooking! Before I got married I was living in L.A. and my roommate introduced me to "scrapbooking stores" and she got me hooked on the paper, stickers, and I even had the rolling bag. I loved the process of creating the pages and hanging out with friends. Then I became a photographer, so ironically I have a ton more photos, but you have me thinking I want to pull out my old scrapbooking supplies out of storage. Great post!

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  24. It is so great to have those memories to look back at! I kept scrapbooks when I was in high school too, and after that it was just photo albums. I still love to pull them out and look at them. With everything going digital, I stopped doing that. I did buy some scrapbooking supplies when it was really popular, but never did get around to putting everything together. Who knows, maybe some day I still will!

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