Scrapbooking Traditions — Nanci

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Scrapbooking Family Traditions
Featuring Nanci Radford

Documenting your family’s traditions is important. Traditions are a part of what make you and your family unique and lovely. Last week we caught up with Nanci, one of our fellow scrapbookers, and asked her about her favorite family tradition and how she scraps it.


DS: Tell me a bit about yourself.

Nanci: I’m married to my husband Phillip for 49 years with four children (3 girls, 1 boy), 7 grandchildren (2 girls and 5 boys) and Charlie the dog (a rescued pointer mix). I retired in February of 2017 after serving as the administrator/director of the Lake County Youth Court/Peer Court Program (an alternative to the Juvenile Justice System for misdemeanor youth offenders). I loved that work so much that I still do it part time.

I love digital scrapbooking, my daily walks, playing “master” chef in the kitchen, traveling and spending time with family. I volunteer A LOT in my community and serve as president of the Police Foundation. I try really hard to model tolerance, kindness and understanding to others and I am lucky enough to have the best friends ever!


DS: What got you started digital scrapbooking?

Nanci: Like so many others, I began by paper scrapping back in 2002. My goal was to keep a scrapbook for my first born grandson so he would always have a journal of his life. I joined Digital Scrapper (then Scrapper’s Guide) in 2005 and was immediately hooked!

Needless to say, I’m now keeping seven scrapbooks for seven grandkids…and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I attempt to highlight holidays, birthdays and other special events, but get sidetracked scrapping everyday moments with them.


DS: What’s your favorite holiday tradition to scrapbook about?

Nanci: While I LOVE Christmas and all it has to scrap, my very favorite is Thanksgiving scrapping. Our family has so many traditions that help us all remember to be thankful for all we have.

Each year we come up with a new way to share what we’re most thankful for. I try to capture each of the grandchildren sharing their thoughts. I love to hear their “gratitude’s” mature each year.

I have a scrapbook for each of the seven grandkids and each year I add a page of their “thanks”. They can look back and remember what they said each year. This tradition is always a good reminder of what the holiday season is all about.

This was a very bittersweet year for us as we lost our 45 year old daughter to cancer this past September. This year Thanksgiving was about being thankful for all the joy she brought to our family, the impact her love of teaching about science, nature and the universe had on the youth and families that attended her programs at WonderLab, and the legacy she leaves behind.



Another of our favorite Fall traditions is Richardson’s Corn Maze. We go as a family, rent a campfire site and enjoy getting lost in the maze, eating apple cinnamon donuts, picking pumpkins, visiting all the play sites and sitting around a warm campfire sharing laughs and memories. We always take a family photo in the same spot.

Now that we have taken the time to reflect and give thanks, I’m ready to scrap all the excitement of Christmas. However you celebrate the season…I wish you, your family and your friends all the peace, love and joy the holidays bring!

Nanci’s Page Credits:
Miles’ Thanksgiving Credits: Paper-All Washed Up by Digital Freebies and Artsy Edge Frame #1 by Anna Aspnes/Frames-Frame Spill Layers No.1 by Katie Pertiet/Brushes – Messed Up Sentiments No.3 by Katie Pertiet/Fonts – Novation Box, Dandelion Vintage and Tox Typewriter/Embellishments – Leaf and Paper – Thankfully by K. Hartley
Emmett Corn Maze: Everything is my own work using Digital Scrapper TUT’s, Passion for Paper and Art of Blending, except the fonts/Fonts – AFL Font and Confetti Stream
Max Corn Maze: Paper using Digital Scrappers TUT’s Passion for Paper and Art of Blending/Frames – Frame Spill Layers No.1 by Katie Pertiet/Fonts – Bulky Rescue and D-Day Stencil

Post Header Credits: Backroads by Angie Briggs, Dessert Menu Sans


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7 Responses

  1. Gwenda
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    So interesting to hear your stories and see your pages. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lisa McGuinness
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    Wonderful pages and traditions… I especially like documenting the grandchildren’s gratitudes through the years…priceless memories for them. Having their own books about their lives is so important because I think as parents we don’t have the time to do it but as grandparents we do have a little extra time to document the big and small things that happen. It will be lovely for them to look back on their lives and realize you put a lot of love and work into it. A treasure!

  3. Bonnie Cuddihy
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    I started as a paper scrapper, too, and the journey has been great. Digital Scrapper is the way to go! I love your Thanksgiving layouts and family traditions. You go the extra mile to make it happen and your whole family benefits from it with lasting memories.

  4. Vivian
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    Thank you Nanci for sharing this with us. Beautiful page. Lovely traditions. Wonderful memories!

  5. Donna Juergens
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    I loved reading your comments about your favorite tradition. I also started as a paper scrapbooker but when “digital” came along, that became my favorite and I still enjoy learning all about the digital and photoshop world today.

  6. Barbara Hewitt
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    Beautiful pages and wonderful stories. I love the idea of documenting the grandchildren’s gratitudes and being able to look back and see how they matured through the years. It was wonderful to get to know a little bit about you Nanci!

  7. Julie Singco
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    Thanks for sharing your traditions, Nanci. Your pages capture the memories perfectly!

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