I’ve been scrapbooking for a really long time. When I first got started, I thought I would never be able to get everything organized and I honestly felt really overwhelmed by it all. That was back in the day before the girls came home, and I was quite content to work on my quilts. You know . . . taking pieces of fabric and cutting it all up into little pieces and then stitching them all together to make a new design. I love quilting! I especially love the part where I can sit and hand stitch for hours. Well, that didn’t last long once we had a toddler and a preschooler running around the house again!
But I do remember that one of my friends, Joy, was really enthusiastic about scrapbooking, but she was pretty sure that she didn’t have the patience for quilting. And I was convinced that scrapbooking would make me crazy. So we talked about what we really, really liked about each of those crafts, and before long . . . Joy was a quilter and I was a scrapbooker! That was many years ago, and scrapbooking was WAY different back then. Well, actually, many years before that, if you were making a scrapbook it was just that – a book that you filled up with scraps and bits and pieces of paper, letters, tickets, and other momentos. Kind of similar to what junk journals are like now.
If you had a book for photos well that was a photo book. But the idea of combining photos with words and other fun momentos was not something I had ever thought about. Until Joy showed me her scrapbooks. I was hooked. So for a few years after that, I was taking pictures of EVERYthing. Every event, every family activity, every holiday gathering, every, every, every thing that happened. And I filled up a whole bunch of great big scrapbooks. Which my big kids love to look through every time they are here. So it was worth all that time, money, and work. Plus it was fun. It was a good diversion for me at a rather difficult time in life.
Well, now that our girls are growing up, I’ve been kind of busy. Just doing the regular mom stuff, plus working, and all the other activity that comes along with family life. So I haven’t been keeping up with their scrapbooks for quite some time. One of my goals this fall and winter is to get caught up with their scrapbooks, but here’s another thing that is WAY different from when I was making scrapbook memories back then . . . . we used to have to take a roll of film into the pharmacy or other store and have our pictures developed. That way you never really knew how they were going to turn out until you got them back. So our supply of photos was somewhat limited by cost as well as just the fact that they didn’t all “turn out” good enough for the scrapbook.
Nowadays we have about a gazillion pictures on our phones and computers, and we have the ability to delete the ones that didn’t turn out, edit the rest, and then . . . .leave them sitting on our phones or computers for years and years and years. Too overwhelming to even know where to begin. So, today I decided to start. Just start. Get them organized by year in folders on my computer, and then I’ll do one of two things: I might do it the old fashioned way and have them printed so I can play around and make my own page layouts OR I could try to figure out this whole digital scrapbooking thing. But I probably won’t do that because I don’t have time to mess around with all that fancy stuff.
Since I had so much fun doing it the “old fashioned” way, I think that’s what I’ll do! Get started organizing the photos on my computer, and then upload a batch to Walmart and have them printed out. It’s pretty cheap that way, too! Then I can use the stash of scrapbook paper and embellishments that I’ve collected over the years and set some goals for getting caught up this winter. After all, I will have a graduation party to plan in the spring and having those scrapbooks ready by then will be a good motivation for me to get going. Right away!
Do you have scrapbooks of your family? I would love to hear about how other people are doing this these days. Sometimes I think that the “old fashioned” way is still OK, but if you know a better way, I’m open to suggestions. In the meantime, I hope you can join us for this week’s Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. See you there!
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