Nancy O'Dell Debuts New Scrapbooking Guide
As a mom of three kids (daughter Ashby Grace, 3, and stepsons Carson, 10, and Tyler, 14), Nancy O’Dell understands the importance of collecting photos and keepsakes for your children as they grow older.
“The albums my mother and grandmother created became part of my DNA,” shared the fourth-generation scrapbooker.
“They were living proof of their love for me and of all the values and traditions our family held dear. I’m doing the same for my children so they’ll have the strong foundation they need to succeed in life.”
To share her skills, the former Access Hollywood host — who now contributes to Today and Dateline NBC — has teamed up with Creative Memories to create a beautiful scrapbooking line (with designer-inspired tote) and guide, Full of Love.
Along with beautiful photos of daughter Ashby by photographer (and PEOPLE staffer!) Ulrica Wihlborg, the book features simple shortcuts to creating a great album, time-saving tips and advice on why photo albums are important to a child’s self-esteem by renowned child psychologist Dr. Kenneth Condrell.
The Full of Love book is also part of her Album of Hope Initiative, which was started to encourage all parents to create albums with words and pictures that will inspire their children for years to come.
“Family photo albums are one of the most important tools to make children feel valued. As a mother, you have so many hopes and beautiful wishes for your children, but how will they know what those are if you don’t tell them? I am hoping every parent out there will create an album with words and pictures that will inspire their children for years to come,” said O’Dell.
Between scrapbooking and designing jewelry, the busy mom has had a lot on her plate this year. And to top it all off, she plans to return to her TV roots. Along with television personality Carson Kressley, O’Dell recently signed on to co-host Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search For the Next TV Star, a competition series which will debut on Oprah Winfrey‘s new network, OWN, in January 2011.