One of my goals this year is to complete a few unfinished scrapbooks as well as chronicle the story of my family for 2014.
I have been an avid scrapbooker for almost 20 years. In fact, I scrapbooked many memories before scrapbooking became popular.
For many years, I used scrapbooks and products from Creative Memories. (They are no longer in business as Creative Memories. You can check out their new company here.) I scrapbooked the “traditional” way by printing photos then cropping them and placing them in layouts on a page.
A few years ago I discovered digital scrapbooking. Using Creative Memories software, I began creating pages digitally because I realized it took a lot less time and saved me money in the long run.
Fast-forward to today…I’ve not done any serious scrapbooking in a few years. In fact, the latest album I’ve completed goes through April of 2006!
I’ve completed a few vacation albums and other special event albums, but I’ve not done much about completing the albums that tell the story of our every day lives as a family.
Last year I learned about pocket page scrapbooking. This method uses archival safe pages with places to hold 4×6, 3×4, and other size photos. And of course there are tons of cute elements that you can use to make the pages more colorful and customized.
Becky Higgins developed the original system, Project Life. I have some of her albums and kits and have loved using them.
However, I have absolutely fallen in love with Simple Stories designs and albums. I bought their Say Cheese line to complete our Disney vacation album. And I just ordered their Daily Grind line to use in my 2014 album.
The original concept behind pocket page scrapbooking is that you take a picture everyday and then scrapbook those photos on a weekly basis. Since I’m trying to pursue peace and not perfection, I’ve decided to try to take at least a few pictures a week just to get the overall feel of what our life is like this year.
Now that my kids are older I don’t have as many events to take pictures of. In this age of selfies and Instagram, I thought that sharing those kinds of images would tell our story better.
I’m so excited to give pocket page scrapbooking a try this year. I’ll share my 2014 album progress at the beginning of February. I’ll also share my Disney vacation album.
Disclaimer: All opinions in this post are mine. I’ve not received any free product or compensation from the companies I’ve talked about.
Do you scrapbook? How do you preserve your memories?