How I feel about it
Oh boy, I may ruffle some feathers here… but I’m keeping it real and just speaking my truth. I will start by saying that this is just my opinion, and everyone’s life is so different. We all have different talents, different desires, different goals, and different resources…
I began scrapbooking in 1998, which also happened to be the year my first child was born. I did enjoy it at first. It was a creative outlet for me. It wasn’t impossible to keep on just one child’s book, however, I had another baby two years later, and that is when I began to really feel the burden. I was a busy mom of two littles, now double the documenting too.
I remember one day when I had stayed up way into the late hours and worked for about 6 hours on scrapbooks. I was a mess the next day. Useless to my kids. I realized all of this was for 4 scrapbook pages. Yep I had completed 4. Ok… so maybe I was not doing it right, but this happened all of the time. Yes, the pages that I had completed were darling, but I was just having the hardest time justifing the time spent on these pages. The time that I was spending scrapbooking was time that I could be playing with my kids, meal prep, cleaning, giving my husband some attention, feeding myself spiritually, etc!!!
They were not pretty on the shelf. Ok, maybe this doesn’t bother you. By the time my 3rd baby was born I had about 10 BIG 3 ring binders that were dirty, falling apart, wouldn’t stand up straight, and quite frankly looked yuck on my pretty shelves.
They were taking up so much room on my shelves. I remember thinking, “ok, so do the math. I’ve been scrapbooking for about 3 years and I have 10 huge books. What in the world is this going to look like in 5 years? 10?” With all of the embellishing and layers of paper, not to mention that every page has a double layer of plastic, these babies are BULKY!!
So after baby number three I just did not have any free time for this. Enter the digital photography era. My photos started getting stashed on CDs for a later time when I could develop pics and put them into books. I had pages of scrapbooks that were just photos stashed into sleeve protectors. I really thought I was going to “get back to” them (never happened)… therefore I didn’t even want people to look at my scrapbooks because they were never really done.
So I gave a shot at just printing 4×6 photos and sliding them into albums… but I missed the journaling that I did much better on the scrapbook pages.
Scrapbooks, for me were…
- Too time consuming
- Ugly binders
- Too bulky
- Mine were never finished (personal problem)
I didn’t even mention how mad I am at myself for taking the only photos I have from our honeymoon and cutting my husband and myself out of the photos. Like literally cut around our bodies and glued them to pages. Did this to a lot of our wedding photos too. What was I thinking. You know if you were there at the beginning of the scrapbook era that you did this too. Hahaha.
What I did with my scrapbooks
I have 4 scrapbooks left intact… My husbands from his youth, and mine from my youth. Those were pretty-much done. I did buy some nicer black leather 3ring binders (still too bulky).
Everything else from the day I got married I took all apart. (I can hear you gasping) Ok, so I don’t think this is right for everybody! If you have finished books, and did this for 10 years, I would not do this. But mine still had so much work to do in them, and for all of the reasons stated above, it was the right move for me. I scanned them all into my computer, and I am now putting digital books together. Much faster! Much cheaper (even with the cost of a nice quality hardbound photo-book I am saving SO much money).
The beautiful hard-bound books are also a fraction of the width and weight. They are so classy looking and my friends and family actually pick them up and love to look through.
The closest thing that I have to scrapbooking now is one little journal that I keep. It’s a black leather medium size journal with thick white blank pages. Once in a while I will print out some photos that are special to me and hand write the feelings I have about that photo. I do think it will be nice to leave something to my kids with my own handwriting. It is strictly a photo and journaling. No embellishments! No backing the photo! No stickers! Just a glue-stick and my favorite black ink pen. SIMPLE, QUICK, BEAUTIFUL.
If you would like to see how I am keeping family photo-journals now, check out this post.