If are a scrapbooker and on Instagram you are also probably following the awesome Becky Higgins as she goes through her albums and re-evaluates her scrapbook process in a project called #projectphotorescue. Becky shared that she has made 138 scrapbooks, being 75 family albums and 33 themed albums.
I decided to join her in this process and think about scrapbook and what it means to me, where I am and where I want to go.
But first, lets talk about the scrapbooks I have made. There are lots of them!
This is a bookcase in our living room. For the sake of our precious little space, I only have one box of memorabilia, mostly travel memorabilia. When the kids bring things home I decide imediately if it goes to the Project Life album, to the kids album or to the garbage. I still have some things from the kindergarten years to get sorted, but the new things are all in the albums.
These are some example of how the school memorabilia I “save” looks like in the kids albums. At the end of the school year, I ask the kids to go through their papers and books and choice what they want to keep. They always come with a lot more than I want, mostly drawings LOL So, I sort it once more and I also check their pile pf unwanted things and might rescue something that catches my attention. I put the papers immediately in the kids albums, and some in the project life album for that year. All other stuff go. No regrets about it. I’ve saved a bit of everything – their handwriting, their drawings, their texts. That’s enough.
I keep the cards we receive, all of them. Christmas cards in the December Daily albums, birthday cards for the kids in their albums, random cards in a pocket in the project life album.
So, now you know what is tipically inside of the albums, lets back to that first picture from our living room, now with some numbers in it:
1. my childhood photos. There are nine 6×4″ albums with photos in it. My dream is to have it all in a 12×12″ album, with a mix of divided page protectors and layouts someday. I already started this album of me. You can see some of the layouts I scrapped here. Besides these photos there is only a little box of printed photos in our house. I prefer to only print the photos when I have a project life spread or a layout in the works. The printed photos I have are remains of the time I did not have a photo printer and ordered photos in a bulk.
2. Three pregnancy scrapbooks, one for each child.
3. The little girl’s albums from 2011 – 2014. Her albums are green, her favorite color. 2011 is A4 format (in light green), 2012 – 2014 are 8.5×11″ cloth albums from American Crafts.
4. Big girl’s albums, 2011 – 2014. All in pink 😉 Same thing here: 2011 is A4 format (in floral pink), 2012 – 2014 are 8.5×11″ cloth albums from American Crafts.
5. The kids albums from 2007 – 2010. These are 8×8″ cloth albums from American Crafts and contain mostly printed digital layouts. I scrapped digitally when the kids were small and we lived abroad. I did a bunch of mini albums that time as well. Here is how one of these albums look like:
Since digital layouts are flat, there are tons of them in these albums. There also some “analog” layouts in between (as you can see in the third photo) and memorabilia.
6. Old travel photo-albums from my husband and I, from our time before kids. Unfortunately without any journaling 🙁
7. The first two scrapbooks I made for the big girl in 2005 and 2006. They are a labor of love and very artsy. I made these albums with awesome handmade paper, matted all the photos and wrote almost nothing. These pages are beautiful but I feel sad for the lacking of journaling. I still know how I felt that time, but of course, the details are gone. What a pity!
8. The boy’s albums, 2011 – 2014. The brown albums are A4 size, the blue cloth albums are 8.5″x11″.
9. The family album (brown), the “years” albums with monthly layouts I used to make in the time before I discovered Project Life (red), and an album with digital layouts about me. These albums are also 8×8″.
10. Handbooks: One about the garden (my husband’s hobby), one about the time my husband and I lived in Sudan and Dubai, one for our travels in France. I plan to add an album for Spain, the time we lived there and our vacations and one for Italy vacations. The empty place you see on the left of these albums is actually not empty: the kids 2015 – 2016 albums (one per kid) are usually there. They are currrently in my office, as I am adding the memorabilia and some layouts from 2015 to them.
But wait, there is more! There are 6 project life albums in my office, one for each year from 2011 – 2016. One album per year, with ~60 pages per album. My 12×12″ album (the green one in the picture above) and a 12×12″ album with the “Me, the abridged version” for project life. I specially love this album and might write a post about it.
Not showed: all the mini albums (travel minis are in the attic in a basket and the kids minis in their rooms), December Daily albums from 2008 – 2015, 3 Week in the life albums, our wedding album.
That makes 55 scrapbooks! (not counting the mini albums here).
I might say that I am pretty shocked about that number. I never thought it was that much, even if I am seeing all these albums around me on a daily basis.
As I said before, the place in our household is limited. We live in a small house. And, most importantly, I am not a horder. Really not! But 55 scrapbooks are a LOT and, because I love this hobby of mine so very much, there is more to come.
So, where does this road will take me, my kids, and these scrapbooks?
The idea is that the kids take their albums with them when they move out. Each one of them shall have about 15 albums by them if I keep scrapping the way I do actually. The Project Life albums, my about me albums, and the family, travel and December Daily albums will stay with me and my husband. So, from those 55 albums, 27 are actually not mine. It means that”only” 18 of that 55 scrapbooks really belong to me and this number makes me feel really better LOL
I really love scrapbooking and I have no intention of scrapping less. I love all the albums, I love the memories, I love the photos, the papers, the beautiful scrapbook supplies. I love to play with paper and adhesives. Scrapbook has made my life more beautiful and I wish I have discovered it before. No regrets!
So, I’ll move things around and find room to the albums to come, I’ll keep adding memorabilia to the albums and not collecting it, I’ll keep printing photos as I go. I’ll add journaling to all my pages, to make their scrapbooks more meaningfull.
Feel free to ask any questions about the albums, I’ll answer them in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by today.