Scrapping Adoption

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Layout by CD Muckosky

One kind of layout that I always love discovering in the galleries are layouts about adoption!  I have always thought that adoption is a beautiful thing and I love reading people’s stories!  There has been more than one occasion that Karen or Melissa’s layouts have put me in tears!  I also get emails quite often asking about how to scrap them.  I thought I would enlist a couple of team members that have adopted as well as a little help from CD MuckoskyKaren and Melissa L. each have two children they adopted from Korea, here are some of their tips:

  • keep a blog with daily entries so you will be able to look back and figure out what you were doing the day your child was born
  • hire a photographer to come with you and photograph you being handed your child
  • keep track of all of the firsts that take place after your child joins your family
  • bring a photographer again when everything is made official and legal

CD Muckosky and Stacy Julian have both adopted as well.  They discuss their stories and ideas for preserving them in Paperclipping Roundtable #28 – Poopy Stuff in Our Backgrounds.  You can listen to this show below.

[audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/roundtable/prt028_wwy.mp3]

In the show Stacy talks about Gotcha Day and CD talks about this layout below.  She was nice enough to send it over for me to share with all of you.  You can see the hidden journaling poking out from behind the photo.

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Karen sent over this layout that shares what she was doing the day her son was born (Melissa gave her the idea of keeping a daily blog and she was thrilled that it worked out) supplies are from an earlier issue of THE DIGI FILES:

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Below are some more inspirational layouts from Karen and Melissa (layouts are linked to galleries with credits).  If you have some tips of your own for scrapbooking adoptions, we would love it if you shared them in the comments.

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Karen and Melissa say they haven’t found too many kits that are adoption specific, but often make products intended for other things work (i.e. YOU ARE HERE word art).  Here are a couple products though:

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Link us up to any of your adoption layouts that you want to share and give us your tips in the comments as well! 🙂