Tuesday, October 23, 2012

journaling a favorite moment

Going back in time completing my scrapbooks...I ran across this photo and journaling in my 2006 album. Not the best journaling ("my life felt completely full and complete") but it was off the cuff....completely complete!  Anyway, it's a great memory and I had forgotten all about it until I came across it the other day. That's one reason to scrapbook. We think we are going to remember these moments but often they fade away in the busy-ness of life.

A blog is a great way to record these moments. A scrapbook is also a great way. It doesn't have to be in chronological order...just a photo and some words capturing the moment.

What is your favorite moment? When did you have a revelation that you had "arrived" at some dream of yours?

I remember back when I had just the 3 girls....I was always head counting and felt like someone was missing. At the time we weren't sure about having any more children but my heart knew...there was one more. And it wasn't until a couple years later driving in my minivan and looking in my rear-view mirror that it hit me - I have FOUR kids!

And that was it. We were done.

Completely complete.

Friday, October 19, 2012

free digital download: mommy-to-be

Freebie Friday!! Creative Memories is giving away this free digital download. You can find it here. Enjoy and TGIF!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sorting Memorabilia

This past week I tackled the piles of memorabilia and got them back into my two expanding file folders. Which are expanding to about the maximum capacity!  Some of these files are for albums that I already have the photos in, I just haven't finished the journaling/memorabilia portion.
My goal this past week was to just grab the first folder (2003) and tackle whatever was in there. If it's not going in my scrapbook, it gets tossed or recycled.  Make sure that album is completed with journaling, add the page protectors and call it DONE!

On to the next file folder....

Sunday, October 14, 2012

free digital download: moving day

These digital images can be downloaded for free at Creative Memories with this link. Enjoy!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Why I Scrapbook

Ugh! I did it again. Set all these lofty goals for myself that I would be caught up on my scrapbooks this year (or was it last year?). And here I dash through life at 100 mph not even taking time to file memorabilia anymore...just piling it on top of my accordian files. Not taking time to print my photos...just uploading them into chronological order by the thousands on my computer.

I am convinced that album fairies do not exist and the only way to make any progress is to be intentional about it.

1. Pick a time 

2. Pick a place

3. Choose a project

4. Gather supplies

5. Select best photos

6. Print photos one batch or project at a time

7. Be consistent

Why? I suffer from (undiagnosed) hypochondria. One of the things that comfort me when I'm playing out my funeral for the hundredth time is leaving something for my children that is lasting. A legacy if you will. One of the ways that I do that is through the journaling in our scrapbooks. So it's very important to me.

Another reason is that often I catch one of my children and even my husband with an album on their lap, thumbing through the pages and the memories. That warms my heart. I know that they enjoy reliving our family memories, vacations, and milestones.

Lastly, my mom had four kids and I was the baby of the family. I always lamented the fact that she kept her photos in big boxes buried deep in the linen closet. Not in albums. Just loose photos. In no particular order. I always said that "when I'm a mom"...well, you can guess what I was going to do. Now I'm a mom of four and eating my words on a big plate heaped with mercy.

My little guy does not have a completed baby album. He has a start of a baby album which is an improvement from the previous generation of last-born...but not good enough for this momma who wants to communicate through words and photos how very precious he is.

So...who's with me? Want to get back into scrapbooking? (Again) and maybe Again and Again. Let's forget the past and press on to the future. Today is a great day to set an intention.

(And by the way, my mom did finally finish that baby album for me when she was 82 years young!)

Happy Scrappin'