Inspirational Scrapbooking – 18th century Georgian style!

Since late last year I decided that I wanted to start scrapbooking. Previously I have kept a memories scrapbook which is notoriously fat with everything I’ve kept (I’m a bit of a sentimental hoarder), stuck in with any adhesive I could find. If a notebook could look like it was going to explode, this one certainly would.

Other than that I started on Pinterest a few years ago – it was actually due to stumbling across the absolutely FANTASTIC boards of Lucinda Brant, who uses them for her research (she’s got 114 boards – you’ll get lost in there) – and since then I have started creating my own collection of inspiration boards.

But, just like the Kindle will never completely eclipse the printed book (in my opinion, and I’m unbiased because I own both), there is nothing like having those inspirational/researching images in your hands.

With that in mind and with the help of a friend, I managed to purchase an A3 (at least I think it is, how is a writer supposed to know? We only deal in A4 manuscripts), sketch/painting spiral bound book.

Cover Scrapbook

When I showed it to my sister, with the beginnings of the scrapbooking inside, she told me it was a travesty to any painter (she is an artist herself) to be sticking things onto such beautifully thick paper which would benefit from some lavish paintwork to bring out it’s true master-piece soul. I told her tough.

It’s lucky we have such a good relationship 😉 Anyway, I have split the book into two halves, a fantasy half for things like The Edict. This is really helpful as with fantasy you are creating worlds in your head, and because they don’t exist, all you can find in photos and images is the merest traces of what you imagine, but combine those traces in a scrapbook and you can start to form a world, a person, a culture all your own.

Now those scrapbook-page-babies aren’t finished so I’m not posting them. However, I’ve made more progress on my Georgian pages as I’ve been pretty keen on those whilst doing Fool Me Twice, especially as it’s a nice way of keeping in touch with your story so you don’t lose your momentum, but giving yourself time in front of the tele to chill out between writing bouts.

I’ve posted a few pictures below – bearing in mind that I am pretty new to scrapbooking and I’m not known for my patience with pinickety-ness. This is pretty ironic as those of you with scrapbooking keenos as friends will know that real, full-on scrapbooking is a very precise art. However, I’m doing this to chill out and have fun so, in the immortal words of my husband when I’ve been whining about something insignificant for far too long, “Who cares!”

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In fact, just as I was uploading them I noticed some of the scrapbook pictures aren’t even stuck down yet! So you can tell it’s a working progress, and one which I’m really enjoying.

Straight after I finish proofing this post I’m going to sit down with my scrapbook, some food, a bit of Robin Hood on TV, and enjoy doing some more!




Published by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband. Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer's novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own. Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters' joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow's Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before.

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