My Yes-No MonkeyI hadn’t thought about scrapbooking favorite toys until I had a trip down memory lane recently.

I remembered having a monkey as a child that when you wagged it’s tail its head would move. Move the tail up and down, and the head nodded; move it from side to side and the monkey shook it’s head.

I’d never heard anyone ever talk about having one. Well, the internet being what it is, I came across what was called a Yes-No Monkey yesterday. They were made in Germany in the 1950s. You could get Yes-No Bears, too, although it would be quite hard to move their tails … maybe their mechanism was different.

When checking my memory with my mother, she confirmed I’d been frightened of it. I’m reported as frowning and in a deep voice saying forcefully, as only a two-year-old can, “No toucha me!”

Now I hadn’t remembered that phrase, but since this layout was done on the computer in Fireworks, I’m off to update the story! Isn’t that what scrapbooking is all about? Recording the memories that go with the photos. And on digital layouts you can easily correct your mistakes – a must for the perfectionists amongst us! Or update the story, as here.

That phone call to my mother was worth it for I discovered she has a photograph of me with the long-gone monkey that I’d totally forgotten about. Guess what the next layout will be? (Well, after I get it in the mail!) A double page spread, methinks. I’ll post it here when I get it done.

Here are some close-ups of the layout.

My Yes-No Monkey - arrow and starsMy Yes-No Monkey - cut down


Just an aside, in case you are interested … this layout was made using one of our earlier templates – scrapbooking layout #8. I used Macromedia Fireworks MS 2004, and the tools that are part of it. While of course this is an example of a digital scrapbook page, I didn’t use any special digital scrapbooking tools, just what came with the program.

If you found yourself here while looking for ‘genuine’ digital scrapbooking layout ideas, you’ll find we turned digital as we learned how to do it. We have many ideas later in the website. Click on the digital scrapbooking tab at the top of the page.

The point of all this is to say have a go at scrapbooking favorite toys from your childhood and let us see how you get on. (And if you like to read the text on a layout then I’ve included it below.)

My Yes No Monkey

I was about 2 years old when my father sent me a gift while on National Service with the British Army in Germany late in the 1950s. It was a monkey very like this one. Apparently I was terrified of it! So everyone else in the family played with it, and as my brother would be another two years in arriving that meant the adults!

I’m told one aunt especially had great fun with it.

You see, this monkey had a secret …

When you moved his tail up and down, he would nod his head; and when you moved it from side to side his head would go from side to side too, as if saying no. You could control the speed of the movement.

The road being at a higher level than the house, my aunt would sit the yes/no monkey at the window when it was time for the children to come home from school. She would then hide just low enough to be out of sight yet able to watch the children’s reaction as she made the monkey’s head move as if watching them walk along the road in front of him.

Needless to say, there was frequently a large crowd of fascinated children gathered to watch this monkey!

What became of him? He was in a box with other toys that was put into the garden shed during a removal while everything else got sorted. Unfortunately when we went to get it out a while later, the stuffed toys were [ruined], so they had to be thrown out.

Stranraer, Scotland c. 1956

This was a fun memory to record in a layout about scrapbooking favorite toys.