A Collection of Quotes

Connie Huddleston

Capture inspiration, irony and humor with clever tidbits for your scrapbook pages.

Compile a file of phrases

A Collection of Quotes

Figure 1. Note how even a common saying is "sugar and spice" on a sweet page about a little girl. Page by Amy Williams.
Supplies Patterned paper: Over The Moon Press; Title letters: Amy's own designs; Computer font: Bickley Script, CorelDRAW, Corel Corp.; Punches: All Night Media (spiral) and Family Treasures (heart); Chalk: Craf-T Products; Pen: Zig Writer, EK Success.
The pictures are in place, the accents are positioned, and you've recorded meaningful details. Will anything else strengthen your layout? How about a quip or a quote? Whether familiar or not, quips and quotes are clever tidbits that can help you capture the inspiration, irony or humor of a subject. For example, while browsing through my husband's Outdoor Life magazine, I found an FTP advertising slogan that was perfect for a page about a 5K race I ran. The slogan? "There's a little racer in all of us."


A Collection of Quotes

Figure 2. Inspirational quotes are motivating additions to milestone pages, such as the graduation spread here. Pages by Hilary Shirley. Supplies Computer fonts: Heritage and Americana BT, WordPerfect; Title lettering: Hand-drawn, based on lettering template by Pebbles in my Pocket; Other: Graduation announcement (deacidified with Archival Mist). Idea to note: Hilary stitched her color blocks together with yarn.
 
10 WAYS TO FIND QUOTES
Great quotes for scrapbooks can be found just about everywhere. Hilary Shirley of Idaho Falls, Idaho, got her adapted Ralph Waldo Emerson quote (see Figure 2) from a Mary Engelbreit calendar. Where can you find powerful quotes for your pages? Try the following 10 suggestions. ("Create a Quote File" sidebar shares a simple way to organize what you find.)

A Collection of Quotes
 
1. Search the Internet. The web's search engines make it possible to find a quote on just about anything. For example, I needed a quote for a picture of a stack of boxes on moving day. I found just the quote I needed ("I finally got it all together—but I forgot where I put it") at www.geocities.com/Heartland/Farm/9753/index.html. The web site above has short quotes and lots of poems about family and holidays. You can also gather useful quotes and poems from the following: www.quotationspage.com
www.famous-quotations.com
www.bemorecreative.com
www.QuoteGallery.com
www.merryxmasdaddy.com
www.annabelle.net
www.mailbits.com (delivers three quotes a day to your e-mail address)

If you're looking for a quote on an unusual subject, search the web by topic instead of going specifically to a quotations site. That's how I found a quotation for a page about Panama (www.czbrats.com).



A Collection of Quotes
 
2. Peruse quotation books. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (Little Brown & Company, 1992, $33.95) is 1,405 pages of wisdom from ancient to modern times. Most public libraries have a copy available, but the book contains so many useful quotes you may want a personal copy at home. Other sources that I refer to often are:
21st Century Dictionary of Quotations (Dell Publishing, 1993, $6.50
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (Fawcett Books, 1988, $12)
475 Heartwarmin' Expressions (Crafty Secrets Publications, 1995, $9.95, with quotes artistically lettered for you)

3. Amass magazines. I read a stack of magazines each month, and they're one of my best sources for quotes. I found a great quote for my "Colorado Sky" page in Reader's Digest: "It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." — Bern Williams, Reader's Digest, Quotable Quotes, Oct. 1998, p. 61.

4. Borrow from books. Whether you're reading fiction or non-fiction, keep your eyes open for aphorisms to use in your scrapbooks. While reading Barbara Johnson's Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life, I copied this for a forward to an album: "The memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it."

Even storytime with your children will yield useful quotes. For a page about hiking with friends, I used this quote from Pocketful of Pooh-isms: "Walking together helps a lot when you're lost in the woods." And this quote from Alice in Wonderland works for the first page of a photo album: " '. . . and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?' "

5. Pick some poetry. Because many of the themes used in our scrapbooks—home, family, faith, patriotism—have been themes favored by poets, a poetry anthology is a good resource to keep on hand. One of my favorites, The Best Loved Poems of the American People, is where I found these humorous lines to use on a Thanksgiving page: "I like good bread, I like good meat, Or anything that's fit to eat." "Dried Apple Pies," author unknown

Another source I turn to when I need a poem is Ideals magazine (available at most public libraries). Each issue focuses on a theme such as friendship, motherhood or the current holiday.

6. Pay attention to advertisements. As previously mentioned, ads can be good sources of journaling ideas. Companies pay ad agencies thousands of dollars to come up with short phrases that communicate well. For example, the Pacific Trail outdoor clothing ad from Walking Magazine states simply: "Tall trees. Tall mountains. Tall campfire tales." Why not do something similar on a camping layout?

Another idea? Use the Parker Brothers ad slogan "The best part of playing is playing together" for a sports layout, a page that shows siblings playing, or a layout of a family enjoying a board game.

A Collection of Quotes

Figure 3. Choose a powerful quote, then journal how it relates to what is shown on your layout. Page by Amy Brenton. Supplies Patterned paper: Close To My Heart (background), Making Memories (checked); Rubber stamps: Close To My Heart (flower), Hero Arts (heart); Stamping ink: Close To My Heart; Computer font: Lucinda Handwriting, package unknown; Mulberry paper: PrintWorks; Other: Raffia.
 
2. Peruse quotation books. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (Little Brown & Company, 1992, $33.95) is 1,405 pages of wisdom from ancient to modern times. Most public libraries have a copy available, but the book contains so many useful quotes you may want a personal copy at home. Other sources that I refer to often are:
21st Century Dictionary of Quotations (Dell Publishing, 1993, $6.50
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (Fawcett Books, 1988, $12)
475 Heartwarmin' Expressions (Crafty Secrets Publications, 1995, $9.95, with quotes artistically lettered for you)

3. Amass magazines. I read a stack of magazines each month, and they're one of my best sources for quotes. I found a great quote for my "Colorado Sky" page in Reader's Digest: "It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." — Bern Williams, Reader's Digest, Quotable Quotes, Oct. 1998, p. 61.

4. Borrow from books. Whether you're reading fiction or non-fiction, keep your eyes open for aphorisms to use in your scrapbooks. While reading Barbara Johnson's Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life, I copied this for a forward to an album: "The memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it."

Even storytime with your children will yield useful quotes. For a page about hiking with friends, I used this quote from Pocketful of Pooh-isms: "Walking together helps a lot when you're lost in the woods." And this quote from Alice in Wonderland works for the first page of a photo album: " '. . . and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?' "

5. Pick some poetry. Because many of the themes used in our scrapbooks—home, family, faith, patriotism—have been themes favored by poets, a poetry anthology is a good resource to keep on hand. One of my favorites, The Best Loved Poems of the American People, is where I found these humorous lines to use on a Thanksgiving page: "I like good bread, I like good meat, Or anything that's fit to eat." "Dried Apple Pies," author unknown

Another source I turn to when I need a poem is Ideals magazine (available at most public libraries). Each issue focuses on a theme such as friendship, motherhood or the current holiday.

6. Pay attention to advertisements. As previously mentioned, ads can be good sources of journaling ideas. Companies pay ad agencies thousands of dollars to come up with short phrases that communicate well. For example, the Pacific Trail outdoor clothing ad from Walking Magazine states simply: "Tall trees. Tall mountains. Tall campfire tales." Why not do something similar on a camping layout?

Another idea? Use the Parker Brothers ad slogan "The best part of playing is playing together" for a sports layout, a page that shows siblings playing, or a layout of a family enjoying a board game.

A Collection of Quotes

Figure 4. Use a quote to help express your innermost feelings and thoughts. Page by Emily Magleby.
Supplies Page accents: The Beary Patch; Computer font: CK Curly, "The Best of Creative Lettering" Vol. 3, Creating Keepsakes.
Quotes are memorable additions to scrapbook pages, but remember: they mustn't replace details such as who, what, where and when. It's tempting to consider them sufficient journaling for a layout, but they're not. Fifty years from now, people won't be looking at your pages and saying, "Oh, what a clever quote." They'll want to know who the clever quote refers to and why. Note how in Figure 3, Amy Brenton of Tucson, Arizona, shares how her grandfather, Charles, has helped his wife, Hazel, through numerous surgeries, and how they've always "worked side by side" in chores.

Gather meaningful quotes and let them help you communicate everything from encouragement to humor to heartfelt thoughts. As Emily Magleby of Springville, Utah, says, "A great quote can help you put your thoughts and feelings into words. The quote I used in Figure 4 was perfect for letting Jacob know that, even though he's adopted, he's very much a part of our lives and always will be."

Search out quotes and use them effectively, and you'll touch people with the magnificent power of words. Others will connect with what you're hoping to communicate, and you can quote me on that!

A Collection of Quotes

While you can find fun quotes in books such as Phrases for Pages (Scrapbook Mania) or The Scrapbooker's Best Friend (now published by EK Success), the fastest, most artistic quotes are punch-outs like those in A Woman's Punch-Outs (Hot Off The Press) or inspirational stickers from Inspire ME.
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