What do you use your dinner table for besides dinner? Who sits at that table and what are your best memories of it. This month we encourage you to either find or take photos of your dinner table and get them on the page. Check out the variety of angles we’ve taken on this subject.
Sue Althouse says, “When I was looking for photos to tell a story about our dinner table, I came across all kinds of pictures showing us doing all kinds of things at our kitchen table. This inspired me to gather those images together and describe how our every day life revolves around this convenient and cozy place in our home. I had not realized how much we do here!”
Leah Farquharson says, “Last year I used my diecutting machine to cut lots of paper leaves. Using egg cartons, we put together the turkeys show here for our Thanksgiving table. It was lots of fun, and the kiddos loved it. Plus it was something for them to play with while they sat around for the big family dinner/get-together.
Barb Brookbank loves to set a pretty table and feels inspired at Thanksgiving. She says, “Our Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, and every year our family gets together. This year I’m using my colorful dishes and a centerpiece of pumpkins, candles, pinecones, and stones. The flowers are wild asters I picked from the ditch! I have so much to be thankful for. This photo is a result of my practice run for table settings for this year – that’s how much I love it !”
Marie-Pierre Capistran says, “On this page I focused on the time my family spent around our dinner table. I used two older pictures of our family at the table enjoying two of our absolute favorite meals: lobster and fondue.”
“The journaling talks about what was happening around the table then. There was no TV watching. We ate slowly. It was time for the kids to talk about their day, and when the kids were done, it was time for the adults to chat. The meals were simple but always good, and our special occasion meals were lobster and fondue. We didn’t have many visitors, and when we did, it was Grand-ma and Grand-pa. I started every sentence of my journaling with the prompt: ‘at our table.'”
Adriana Puckett says, “When life gets a little zany and we don’t have dinner planned out, we often fall back on breakfast for dinner. I wanted to chronicle this tradition because it is not something that I grew up doing, and my kids really enjoy it. While I was working on this layout I found that I had many different ideas for capturing some of our family dinners that I wanted to explore, like how I often make minestrone, or our love affair with our new crockpot. Food plays a large role in our lives, so it makes sense to devote some scrapping time to this topic.”
“Designwise I used a variety of circles to mimick dinner plates. I printed out the circular journaling spot from Word and cut it out. The title is cut out from my Silhouette cameo with the addition of small letter stickers.”
Debbie Hodge says, “Seeing this page, makes me realize I want MORE dinner table pictures with guests. Wouldn’t such a series be a great way to see both moments and changes over time. On this page of dinner with my husband’s much-loved cousin and her husband I highlighted the moment when we were trying to get croutons into wine glasses with Isaac’s recently built robotic arm.”
Tara McKernin says, “My kitchen table is always covered in ‘stuff.’ Usually my stuff. These are two shoots from random days this month. Each different. Both are school clutter. What can you do? I put it aside for dinner and put it back after!”
Katie Scott says, “On every table, I always make sure there is Hot Sauce – preferably Tabasco! I took two photos of food from different time periods, but with the Tabasco in common.”
Michelle Houghton says, “My mother and my husband’s mother have known each other since the third grade and been dear friends all through adulthood, but I’ve never scrapbooked this story. This picture of my family, my parents, and my in-laws around the table together was the perfect place to start telling this family story.”
Barb Brookbank says, “This is Cooper as he sits in the prime spot at dinnertime (Mom’s knee). He has the biggest eyes, so when I saw this photo I knew I had to come up with a catchy phrase. After much thought (days) I hit on ‘I think my eyes are bigger than my tummy.’ When you look at the photo and the tags – I don’t think any explanation is needed so I didn’t do any journaling. I did put his name and date in the corner.”
This page is a thank you and tribute to Debbie Hodge’s mom, to all the big and elaborate meals she has and continues to serve in this dining room. Debbie says, “I included shots of my mom setting the table and bring food to the table, of the food, and of the guests enjoying each other and the food at the table.”