For the past three-four years I have been trying to do some sort of album about myself. I have this love affair with trying to gain any glimpses into the daily life of my female ancestors. What was like for Grandma Josephine (whom I wrote about in Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul) to raise 7 children on her own, for Grandma Jo to bear and raise 13 children...both of them without the modern conveniences of microwaves, washers and dryers, cars, and etc.
Last year I didn't get around to doing one, but I had planned to do an A-Z album, so a couple of weeks ago, I finally got all the right ink cartridges for my new Epson Artisan 800 so I printed out a handful of 8x10 photos of me.
My inspiration for using self portraits comes from "E" she is single, no kids so she scrapbooks about herself...she takes a ton of very interesting self-portraits and I think about her everytime I take a photo of my self or hand the camera over to one of my kids.
Two other sources of inspiration:
One, the pose in the photo is similar to something I saw Ms. Ali Edwards do on her blog. Two, Highlighting the words Attitude & Gratitude comes from Oprah.