Since my first born arrived I have been creating scrapbooks. I’m not talking about a book filled with ticket stubs and keepsakes, I’m talking about modern day memory keeping.
With no idea what to do with all my photographs of my family days out, children playing in the garden, first steps, first ballet class, I wanted to do something with them rather them being just sat in a box gathering dust.
I remember when my Gran passed away, me and my dad spent time sorting through her photo’s. I had so many questions. Who, What, Why, When? It was too late to get the answers. This is something that I never wanted to happen when I’m gone. I want my children and my grandchildren to know the story behind the photographs without having to ask or wonder. I want them to understand each picture, the memories, the happiness and the sadness. I want them to know about their summer holidays and their personalities as they grow. It’s surprising how quickly you forget times, dates, details, even the ages of your kids
Let me just point out here that while having a child can be the starting point for some, that’s not all there is to scrapbooking.
Katy Godbeer is a creative designer, Newfoundland dog owner and blogs over at www.katygodbeer.com. She says; “With any photo there is much more to be said about the event, the person, or the place than you can glean from the image itself. If when you show someone your album you tell additional snippets of info and fun anecdotes you are missing a trick. This is just the sort of rich content you should be including on your scrapbook page. Once you are gone there will be no one left to recount these stories as your descendants flip through the albums you’ve put your heart and soul into creating. If your only aim is to leave a precious vault of memories for your family but you are not adding the story I’d say you are missing a trick.”
I have never been the creative or arty type. Honest! I have three small children and a job, so time is rare BUT that moment when the children are in bed and I am sat crafting, telling the story behind the photograph for my daughters I know that this is such precious time and I am making history.
Aside from logging these beautiful memories, the feeling of buying pretty ribbon, buttons, papers and everything else to create a page for the future is deeply exciting. It’s your work so go crazy, have fun and feel like a kid in a sweet shop again.
Why should the kids have all the fun?
Written by our regular contributor Emma.
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