Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:59 AM
If we can't have a chat soon, could we at least do a challenge/exchange to introduce our kids to each other. We could all do layouts about our kids as a way of introducing them to each other. One of the biggest revelations that our oldest had, was that others besides HIM were adopted. All of our kids are very visual. It would helpful for them to see other kids who have been adopted.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:07 PM
I'll let you know when I get everything put together. Does anyone have a time and date suggestion? Or times that DON'T work? We could vary it now and then so everyone gets a chance to get in. Let me know.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:18 PM
Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:18 PM
I am also working on my DS adoption book (Agust 28, 2007)... I was lucky to have found a very helpful adoption book that the adoption association of my country published... however it is very shabby looking... printed on regular paper... but the content is amazing...
besides the obvious like talk about mom and dad and things you find in regular baby books... it contains things like:
PS...my book is in French so this is my translation...
** Mommy, Daddy, tell me how you felt when you contacted the adoption agency for the first time?
** Why did you decide to adopt from ??? (country)?
** Mommy and Daddy had to prepare soooo many papers for my adoption...
(list the documents)
And the one that still makes me cry everytime I read it... It is quite long... so I hope my translation will do it justice....
** Bye Bye Sadness... Welcome Happy Days ...
'It's unbelieveable... Imaginable... We are parents... Our little angel has entered our lives.... We are now living emotions almost indescribiable (???) of all of our existance... On (date) the telephone rang and....
Zaz did a dance in her kitchen... I yelled so loud that I scared the crap out of the visitors at my house...
It includes a whole lot of things like arrival home... first X-mas... 1st family vacation...
The book is about 50 pages... the stuff the author came up with is amazing... (author is an adoptive mother... so she knew what people wanted out of this book)
If you need ideas... let me know... to list the total content will take too long... but if many of you are interested in the content... I might be game enough to translate it a little at a time... I don't know about copyright though... but since it will be used only for personal purposes... I don't think it will be a problem... The book is about 50 pages... and lists all the steps from adoptive parents' decision to adopt and the first of everything...
P.S. sorry for potential mistakes... I'm past my bedtime...
I love these ideas, Josee! Thank you!
This is what I need..good prompts.
What age range did the book say these prompts were used with?
I am struggling with a Toddler version of a lifebook, and fear I have to make a whole new one for her when she is 4 or 5, and then five years from that, etc.
I really am interested in your book, but I don't know french!
Posted 15 February 2008 - 03:16 AM
I'm planning on writing it from a 'you' point of view (what I write), like 'you were placed in our arms kicking and screaming' and 'you liked candy so much, they gave you to us with a sack of it'. It will probably run up until her first Gotcha Day anniversary (this May) and then after that I'll add more as I find it, if I can, and do a new little something for each Gotcha Day anniversary after that. I'll write it in more mature language, but Mom and Dad will most likely read it to her 'til she's older, so they can improv. Dad's good at that (ever listened to a guy read 'I Love You Like Crazy Cakes'? LOL).
Posted 15 February 2008 - 10:01 AM
I love your idea about doing something each year for Gotcha Day. We will be celebrating our DD's gotcha day, and with your idea I think it would be neat to scrap a page on gotcha day every year with her. Well, she is only 14 months right now, but she can help in some way! I ended up doing a traditional scrapbook (7x7) as a toddler version, and am digi scrapping an older child version. I think with that one I might use pocket pages for personal or private information so we can have DD take the book to school with only the school appropriate information. I am stuck on what size to make my digi pages for this purpose, though, and what to put them in when I get them printed. I too have over 200 pics, but not as an involved story as your little sister! Wow! How old is she now? I am glad you wrote on this forum, Monica! Have a great day!
Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:54 PM
I started digi-scrapping so that I could make a Lifebook for Li Li and then decided that Beth O'Malley is just one way to go about it and that wasn't necessarily my way. My daughter spent the first 20 months of life in her birth country - two Chinese Orphanages and the last four months were in foster care. She is a thriving three year-old. I am adopted domestically and so I may have a very different approach that others.
BTW - China Digital Scrapbooks is a wonderful support network and I see many familiar face here They are done a lot of research and thrive on doing Lifebooks.
Monica - HI! Love the recent images of Reese She looks AWESOME!
Posted 16 October 2008 - 09:43 PM
I realize this thread is old, but maybe we can revitalize it. Beth told me about the thread at the convention, so I had to come on and check it out. I am a bad one and haven't even THOUGHT about Ethan's lifebook and certainly Lucas' has not crossed my mind really either. I had better get in gear!
I guess there are quite a few of us that have adoption experiences to share. My boys are both adopted or being adopted through foster care. My oldest little sister was adopted from Vietnam and my other three sisters were adopted through foster care. I guess adoption just runs in our family?
Posted 17 October 2008 - 03:08 PM
I have taught 2 classes on making lifebooks so when you get a chat scheduled I would love to be there in case any of you have questions or need some input.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 03:37 PM
I have bee muddling through the Lifebook thing too and somedays I am hot and other - cold. I would love to finish my little Princesses too and a Chat is a great idea Did anyone volunteer to host it? I just hosted a Sketch Chat and I wouldn't mind getting this going -
Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:19 PM
Let me know when a chat gets going. I'm right at that point where I really could use one...
Posted 27 October 2008 - 06:15 PM
I have finished my children's lifebooks within a year after starting with digital scrapping (never heard of it before, but I was skilled in graphical software). I followed the guidelines published in this group http://groups.yahoo..../ChinaLifebooks made by Kay Graap about the subjects. This group is great about the writing, there are many messages with samples of how you could write a specific page.
Greetings from the Netherlands,
ps, I uploaded two of the pages from my children's lifebooks, the birthparents pages.
I mainly use Photoshop CS4, but am also familiar with PE6 and Fireworks
Posted 27 October 2008 - 06:59 PM
Are you new at SG? I am a member at CDS too and you will find several CDS members on the boards! I post form time to time at CDS under the name Yes Minster -
BTW - I Love your LO'S
Hi Debbie! I didn't recognize a name in this thread so I thought to tell a bit about CDS. No, I'm not new here, but I rarely post outside of CDS. I was just surfing the board here tonight and read about others that are interested in creating a lifebook. That's great!
But it's rather late now (1 AM) so I'm going to bed.
I mainly use Photoshop CS4, but am also familiar with PE6 and Fireworks
Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:33 PM
Now I want to approach this lifebook differently and do it all over again. Sigh...will I ever get it done? Thanks for the info on the sites. Will check them out this week.