In February, Monroe Free Library is featuring the scrapbook art of Orange County resident Marilyn McIntosh. She uses inks, paints, photographs, and products and tools that make every scrapbook page a fresh composition while she looks both backward (learning about family history) and forward (chronicling the life of her grandson).
Thirteen years ago my Mom turned 80 and I decided to throw her a party. When it was over I had many very nice photographic memories of this special day. I approached my daughter, our resident artist, about making some kind of memory book from the photos and thus started my own rewarding artistic journey. When I think of how little I knew and how little I had to work with at the start I have to laugh. It all fit in a shoebox with a little extra room to grow. It took a year to make that book and my daughter and I learned a lot. The birth of my grandchild took my daughter out of the picture and now I was left on my own to fumble through my next project – a scrapbook of a trip to Nova Scotia. From there I was ready to conquer the scrapbooking world.
Through watching YouTube videos just about every evening, I have learned about inks, paints, mediums and a host of other very exciting products and tools that have taken me on a journey through time. I have learned about family history by documenting our old photos found in a jumble in the attic. I have chronicled the life of my grandson from birth. I have designed wedding albums, baby books, Christmas compendiums and albums of plain everyday single “layouts”, having fun and leaving a enduring record of my family’s life for future generations. It has been a rewarding, creative and educational ride.
Marilyn works full-time at a day job that has kept her busy for more than thirty years: she's the library's Executive Director. The library reopened last spring after its renovation, and when space was reserved to feature the work of visual artists, she was asked if she'd consider exhibiting.