I found a pack of Ki Memories paper at Goodwill (unopened) for 99 cents. I was so excited. This was my favorite line back in the day (maybe 2003?). I loved it, I used some and I saved a lot, not wanting to use my special paper. When I found this pack I immediately wanted to sit down and scrapbook. I just felt an itch to tell all these stories. I love doing Project Life, and for sure it’s the favorite of everyone around here to look through. But there is something about just focusing on one picture or set of pictures and one story that I love.
It takes up more space yes, but now that I do Project Life style scrapbooking I don’t feel the need to scrapbook anything else “traditionally” unless it speaks to me and I really want to. I don’t share all my layouts, I’m not looking for praise or publication (A decade ago that was big motivation for me), I just want to sit down with the memories for a while and record them in a fun way.
I don’t think that my girls are going to want all these layouts or albums. Some people get hung up on that. I mean, “What are we scrapbooking for, ” is a huge (and valid) question. Bj and I had to deal with all of Grandpa’s scrapbooks (12 boxes full). We didn’t keep many as they were. Of the actual family scrapbooks we kept ZERO as they were. Oh we loved looking through them and pulled out a few pictures, but most “layouts” were of long ago parties and people we didn’t know and never will know anything about (he was not so great at journaling a story for us to follow). The albums were in the old books which were ruining the photos, so they had to be taken out anyway. We kept a book of his personal military service history, and a set of more genealogical type albums.
I think my girls may want to keep their baby books. I love looking at mine, and it doesn’t take up much space. I hope that I am physically able to look through these books for many, many more years. That really is my favorite part. I feel like maybe I should do a page that talks about the books, what they mean to me, and what I hope they are for my children; something fun, with no guilt if keeping them doesn’t work out.
Maybe technology will make it so that scanning in a whole album will be cake and they’ll just have digital copies, who knows. The point is: I don’t worry about. We enjoy them now. I love making them and that is good enough for me.
And this. My hand writing, my love notes to my girls, my husband, and myself. Records of things we’ve done. It’s all good.
Scrapbooking seems to be out of vogue a bit. There is only one local scrapbook store left here. How do you feel about scrapbooking? Do you think of it as an “old lady” craft? Do you do it? Did you? Did you stop? Why? I’d love to have a conversation about this friends. I updated my blog with some new fancy formatting so that I can respond direction in the comments, so can you, and they’ll be all threaded and pretty. I’m very excited about this, so please, tell me what you think.
Why do I want to scrapbook. I had to ask myself this as I looked at loads of giant albums and drawers and cupboards full of stickers, paper and embellishments. Is there a point to all of this? Will anyone care about it all?
I’m actually starting this entry (or whatever it turns out to be) from our big comfy rocker recliner while Bennie nurses. Well she’s not really nursing. She is, but she’s more sleep nursing. She does this when she gets up from a nap too early and really wants to go back to sleep, but can’t on her own. Tuesday used to sleep nurse a lot, it was her only way of napping… FOR A YEAR.
What does that have to do with scrapbooking? Well I’m sitting here nursing and playing with Bennie’s soft baby hair. It’s amazing and I love it. It won’t be like this forever. And really I don’t want it to. I want to love it now, remember it forever, and move on to the next thing that happens. It’s a lot easier to feel this way the second time around. For me parenting only gets better. I’m more confident. My girls get more amazing, because they more fully develop into their lovely selves.
I think memory keeping is wonderful. It’s certainly the more in vogue way to talk and think about preserving memories than calling myself out as a scrapbooker. It’s also more encompassing, certainly taking photos, updating a status with a child’s quote, or blogging are all memory keeping; and I support them all. Today I am talking about scrapbooking. Physical books to flip through. Journaling to read. Products to play with. The latter may not mean so much to some. But for me it’s often the hook I need.