3,159. That’s how many photos of my kids that I have on my phone. And like most you, I’m always looking for something to do with those great photos other than just keeping them hidden on my phone! So we’re excited to bring you Scrapbooking 101 by our newest contributor, KayLynn!
I’ve always been on the more creative side when it comes to filling my time. I’ve always been the artistic one in my family, too. Drawing, painting, playing music, taking pictures, and scrapbooking are just a few things I use as a creative outlet.
Lately, I haven’t done as much scrapbooking for the simple fact that I can’t afford to print a bunch of pictures and my printer is awful, but I did get a bunch of 4 x 6 prints done from Shutterfly and I finally started my son’s scrapbook. I haven’t even gotten to month two of his life in his book and he’s over a year old, but progress is progress!
Aside from my demon printer, the thing that’s held me up the most is that I feel like posting to Facebook is daily documentation and I use it like a living scrapbook.
I organize my photo albums very neatly and keep every holiday on its own, so that memories are easy to find when the time comes that I put it into a physical form.
There’s also the problem of narrowing down which photos to use because currently, we take 10,000 photos a day and all of them are “the cutest”, whereas in the past, we developed some film and maybe 10 came out well!
Facebook Isn’t Forever
All of that said, though, I am the type of person who needs to have that physical backup done and out of the way because I love to show it off and I know that Facebook isn’t forever!
I mean, what will I do in 10 years when there’s a new social media craze and my Facebook login becomes as forgotten as my MySpace credentials? I still miss some of my old photos from that website, but they are long gone at this point and that was only a few years of my life.
Since my son is now napping in his own bed and sleeps the first half of the night in there as well, I’m starting to have a little more time to myself, hence being able to start to scrapbook again.
I used to like to scrapbook in sections by subject, i.e, a page for friends, a page for pets, a page for favorite music, etc. Now I’m more of a chronological scrapbooker.
I like to do a page for a month or time period and if I have more than a page full for that particular time, I let it run over until I have documented it to my satisfaction.
Take the baby’s scrapbook for example; the first pages are his ultrasounds, then my pregnant belly, his gender reveal, baby shower, birth, and each month after. The ultrasounds alone took up multiple pages, but the gender reveal was a fun single page.
I’ve gotten sort of lazy with the pictures, though. I used to cut them uniquely and fit them together, now I prefer the clean edges of the original rectangles or crop the edges into straight lines to fit the page better.
I always place the pictures first, then add the embellishments and story-telling bits later. It’s like having a map and then marking the route. That way you won’t run out of space for the picture because you’ve written an entire page full or put too many stickers in the way.
Regardless of how you like to document the important parts of life, I suppose the important lesson is to have fun and remember it the best you can!
No matter how well I scrapbook, I’ll still use Facebook for the majority of my documentation for now, but that’s okay. I’m just trying to have something to look back on with pride and even if all I get to keep are my memories, I should be alright.
Let me know if you scrapbook. It’s kind of a dying art, I think. It’d be neat to see some of the pages y’all are most proud of!
Hello! My name is KayLynn, I’m 22, engaged, a photographer, and a mother. I’ve been a mom for 13, going on 14 months now and it’s the most ridiculously rewarding job I’ve ever done. We are in Suffolk and don’t get out of the house much, but I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone and make some new friends for both of us. I’d love to write for this page and get my name out there and hopefully lay the foundation for some lasting friendships.