The one stop spot for crafting and genealogical inspiration

Welcome to Inspiration Alley

We all have times when we struggle for ideas or have mental blockages. I hope that this site will give you some inspiration to clear these blockages and inspire your individuality and creativity whatever your creative medium. I will share with you the inspiration and thinking behind some of my projects and talk you through the creative process from start to finish. I hope, in turn, that you will share with me your experiences so that we all learn and inspire each other.

Scrapbooking and Genealogy

I've been interested in my family history as long as I can remember. As a teenager, I would sit with my Grandparents asking them questions about their brothers, sisters and parents and what they knew about them. To this day I have little scraps of paper with notes of what they told me. But, I was always frustarated that they told me very little and what they did tell me, told me very little about the character and lives of the people who were my ancestors. My Grandparents were of the generation that kept tight lipped about family indiscretions and I am amazed at some of the things I have discovered since their deaths.

As I grew older, I did some limited research and gathered together a little more information, but it consisted of little more than a list of names and dates and my efforts dwindled to a halt for a while. It was during this period that I discovered Scrapbooking. I was always rubbish at art at school, but this seemed to be a medium that would overlook my lack of artistic ability and express my love of colour, history and heritage in a form that would record my thoughts, beliefs and interests for future generations.