I’ve written a lot of scrapbooking posts on my blog over the past year or so (see here) but I’ve never really explained why I do it and why I love it so much. I think scrapbooking is one of those things that you’re either gonna be really into or you aren’t going to get at all, but for those of you in the latter category I want to explain my love for all things memory keeping.
I created my first scrapbook in 2002 (aged 7) on a family trip to Florida. It contains maps from all the parks we visited as well as my own insights about the day, with gems such as “Dolphins feel like rubber tyres.” making it a real treat to flick through from time to time. I remember my mum sitting next to me whilst I did it, but I love how it’s all my own words and my own handwriting as I just think it makes it that much cuter and nostalgic. My brother also had a scrapbook, but at 4 years old there’s not a lot of writing in it and I think I stole a lot of the memorabilia for mine! Nevertheless, I think scrapbooking is a great way to get kids involved on a holiday and I fully intend to do so if I have children!
My second scrapbook is from a family trip to New York in 2010, which my mum thought would be a prime time to recreate the magic from 2002. This time, I scrapbooked each day as we did it and even covered the outside of the book with receipts and memorabilia from things that we had done. I really enjoyed making that scrapbook and I wish I’d completely finished it as we got stuck in New York for a week after our holiday was supposed to end (anyone remember the volcano erupting in Iceland that year? I do.) and none of the extra stuff we did that week made it to the scrapbook.
That about brings me up to date with my first ever scrapbooking post from last year, in which I showed you my ‘holiday scrapbook’. I decided to go back and revisit some of our old family holidays and scrapbook them, as well as keeping space for future holidays. I really like recording holidays in this way, as sometimes some of the less important things from your holiday that you didn’t photograph get lost. I like to include things like where I slept, what went wrong, what went really right and everything in between. I’m actually really behind on that album as I haven’t scrapbooked my holiday from last December with my boyfriend which I definitely need to do before my Cuba photos can go in!
Soon after starting that album I discovered Project Life, and realised that I didn’t just want to scrapbook my holidays: I wanted to record everything about my life. I love looking back at the past and seeing how things have changed, and I’d like to think I’ll be able to sit in my chair when I’m 80 and flick through my Project Life albums with a sense of nostalgia.
So, that’s why I scrapbook. I enjoy sharing my memories, but I also like to reflect. Scrapbooking can take on so many different forms that there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. It can be time consuming to find all your photos etc. but styles like Project Life are designed so that it doesn’t have to take you hours. If you’re more creative and you do have time there’s so many options, so if you’re thinking about starting a scrapbook, GO FOR IT. Who knows where your memories will take you?