Memory Keeping and Art Making

Tuesday and I had a day up in Portland today and on the drive back while she was sleeping (yeah!) I had some time to do that daydreamy thought thing. I sometimes have thoughts that maybe scrapbooking is a waste of time and supplies… like when I go on a fun scrapbook supply buying binge. Why don’t I just put the photos in the book and write a caption? I mean it would be so much easier and less time consuming. But in my musings today I decided I like spending the time on it all, and I like the supplies. But the main thing for me is that I DO print out all of my decent photos. I have them in boring black faux leather albums that we can flip through whenever we want. For me the scrapbooks elevate certain photos and stories, and I love that.
It got me thinking back to my first scrapbook. I talked my dad into giving me the same amount of money that a pre-made senior scrapbook would cost. With it I bought a Canson spriral book, one of the early CK issues and some supplies. I still love this thing (even though it has a few pages with post it notes where finished layouts should be!). I’ll share a few pages (the cover I modge-podged with a class project from my New Mixed Media class):
The opening pages. Our school colors were orange, brown and gold… really.
I need to do another one of these pop culture pages, so fun to look back on now. I still can’t believe I’ve kicked the Diet Coke habit after 15 years!
Random stories that didn’t take up a whole page (I should do this again too!).
Ah the free time of a teenager, I think I’ve been to three movies in the last year.
I’d love to see links of your first scrapbooks!
Ok a few more recent things, I vered off the kit a bit, but I got a lot of layouts out of it, so try one out!
Tuesday and her love of beets. 🙂
Sweet girls 🙂 I just traded out the pictures in the frames in our bedroom after a few years (refreshing!) and wanted to scrap them, as they are some of my favorites.
A simple one about Tuesday’s first trip to the fair last year.
I think this might be my favorite one (finally found the layout I got inspiration from it is here). I love me some brads. And those old Doodlebug letter stickers… and the subject matter of course 🙂 I am going crazy scrapbooking lately, in addition to these I did three more, plus all the kit ones plus three tonight!
So happy scrapbooking to you!

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  1. oh my!! those ‘pop culture’ pages!! memories!! 🙂 now i want to dig out my old scrapbooks!! 🙂
    thank you for posting those!!
    you have definitely inspired me to pull together a kit of my own…i’ll have to share how it turns out!!

  2. Hahaha! I thought that page said “Beef Thief”! Maybe someday she will be one of those too! I love that picture of you and Jenna, please remind me of the story on that one. Ah, high school. I wish I still laughed that much.

  3. she *is* the worlds cutest beet thief 🙂 i love your layouts! and i’m so glad you scrapbook. i have those why do i scrapbook thoughts all.the.time. i have no one to pass them down to so sometimes i feel like it’s silly to make these pages when in 50+years they end up at an estate sale, or the recycle bin/garbage. but, like you said i enjoy scrapbooking, i like buying new supplies. and, afterall…we would never have met if either of us didn’t scrapbook. scrapbooking is good 🙂

  4. Amber, I have one of those pop culture pages from the 1980s. I’m sure you’d get a kick out of it. You’re lucky you missed the days of the peel & stick photo albums with acetate pages. Yuck! The cover of your first book reminds me – did you get my package?

  5. Erin I took thought it said Beef thief. LOL
    You have been scrappin’ crazy! I need to do more! Or make that any….

  6. I may not do any scrappin’ but sure enjoy looking at yours! Tuesday’s not only a “beet thief” I believe she prefers everyones plate to her own; )!

  7. I’m not sure why but I filled up a latex glove with water and used it to wave to people out the window of Jenna’s car… then it popped on me (of course). I know, we had some good laughing fits. So much less to worry about…

  8. I’m so glad you got it! I was hoping the size is right. If not, let me know!
    I love the layouts you’ve done. I really need to get my supplies out and get busy, and more importantly have some photos printed. Thanks!

  9. i do! just last night you inspired me to look through my senior scrapbook.
    i wish i’d have thought to do pop culture type pages. i did write down some things: top movies, tv shows etc. but no actual collage/type page. loved that idea!

  10. Sigh! The days when going to a movie was only $3.50!! Love your high school scrap book. And your new ones too. Pretty cool to go back and remember what life was like before marriage, Tuesday, etc…. crazy huh? 🙂

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