Archive for May 2011
Why do you scrapbook? Have you asked yourself that lately?
It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking, “I’ll never be caught up with my scrapbooks,” that sometimes it’s also easy to wonder, “so why even try?” I understand. My daughter is 6 years old, and I never finished her first year in her scrapbooks. From ages 2 to 5, my son’s pages are extremely sparse, almost nonexistent. And those are some precious years in a child’s life, for sure. Even when thinking about the present, when my kids are 6 and 9 years old, I can count numerous pages that I want to create, but in reality, only a handful might ever get created. And when I think about the things my friends and extended family do that I would love to document (weddings, graduations, babies, birthdays, even simple relationships), I can easily get down on myself for not “keeping up” or scrapbooking more.
But you know what? It’s OK.
The truth is, I don’t scrapbook for the sake of documenting every single detail of every little thing my kids (or my friends or my family members) do in their lifetimes. That would be nice, sure – and I do scrap those kinds of pages when the feeling strikes – but it’s certainly not realistic. Who has that kind of time? Instead, the primary reason I scrapbook is to document my feelings and capture a brief overview of our lives together. I want my kids to know that their dad and I love them and that we cherish their place in our lives. I want them to know what their personalities are like at different stages in their lives, and I want them to know that no matter who they are, what kind of grades they get or what their gifts and talents are, their family is the most important thing. I also scrapbook to give my kids a deeper understanding of who I am, and I’m hopeful that one day their children and maybe even their grandchildren will enjoy learning a little more about me, even if I’m not physically around to share that with them.
It’s for this reason that I think I am enjoying this book as much as I am. The book (50 Moments: Scrapbook the Pages that Matter Most by Lisa Bearnson) includes a list of 50 meaningful topics for scrapbooking. It’s a handbook of sorts for scrapbooking pages with meaning, pages that will mean the most to one’s children and grandchildren (and even to the scrapper herself!), pages that share an insight into the scrapper – what she loves, what she cherishes, the moments that have defined who she is – in a way that is personal and honest.
The list of topics to scrap includes things like a choice you’ve made that has defined who you are, a secret you have kept about yourself or one you have been a part of keeping, what your work ethic is and why you chose the career you did, what your goals are and how they’ve changed over the years, a wish you have or one that has come true, a time when you took a risk and how it turned out, why you love home and why you love your community, and so much more.
I am reading through this book slowly the first time, trying to take it all in, reading the journaling on the layouts that are given as samples, and enjoying the book as I would any other scrapbook magazine or book. But when I’m finished, I plan to go back and use the book as a checklist of sorts for pages I want to make sure to scrap before my time on this planet is finished. I might even collect all of those layouts in a separate album and, who knows, maybe I’ll print copies of those albums for my kids when they move out of the house some day. (That’s one beauty of digital scrapbooking…simple duplicates!)
I have a feeling this book is going to be one that sits on my nightstand for a long time coming. I’m only a about a third of the way into it, but I can tell it’s going to be one of my favorites of all time.
I hope you take some time to find this book (you can get it here for just $10 today!), read through it and consider scrapbooking some of these moments from your own story. Even if you never share the layouts that come out of it with anyone else, I think it would be a great way to document your feelings and your experiences, maybe even giving you a new glimpse of yourself.
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The book’s back cover reads:
Scrapbooking is about sharing who we are with others — our goals, our values, our dreams. But with so many photos to take and so many stories to share, how do you decide where to begin? This book will help you create scrapbook pages that celebrate your life, that paint a picture of who you really are, that pass along family traditions and so much more.
In this book, you’ll discover:
- The 50 most important topics to include in your scrapbook.
- 150 thoughtful prompts and questions for bloggers, journal-keepers, family historians, teachers, writers and more.
- Dozens of inspirational quotes to use on your layouts.
- 150 brand-new scrapbook pages and ideas.
This book is published by Creating Keepsakes/CK Media. And no, they are not paying me to post this! (I wish!)
I love deadlines. I really do. Without them, I might never get anything done in a timely fashion! Deadlines motivate me, and I’m most productive when I am working toward one.
I have been working on a gift project for quite a while now, and the deadline is fast approaching. Father’s Day. As in just a few weeks down the road. I won’t lie; I have a ton left to do. So, I’m going to take a break this week (and maybe next) from my blogging and digital design work and focus on getting this baby done.
If you don’t already, I’d recommend using a blog subscription service/RSS feeder like Google Reader to be notified of updates to blogs you like to follow, rather than have to check in every day to see if there’s anything new. Or, if you prefer to funnel through your e-mail account, be sure to click on the Subscribe button in the right column of this page.
Thanks for sticking with me. I’ll be back soon.
Summer begins in one week, and for the first time in my short lifetime as a mother, I am looking forward to it! This is the first summer we will be keeping the kiddos out of day care (at least at the start; we’ll see how it goes!), and despite some necessary finagling with my work schedule, leaving me with some looooong, late nights and very early mornings ahead, I am really looking forward to having a chance to relax a bit and enjoy the summertime with my kids.
Right now, we’re debating whether we can afford to take our annual trip to visit my dad and stepmom in Colorado as usual, or splurge a little and meet them in Florida (they’re planning a trip there anyway) and stop at Disney World for a couple of days as well.
All of this thinking and daydreaming and contemplating and budgeting has me thinking a lot about my dad and stepmom, whom we don’t get to see nearly as often as I’d like.
Sadly, I “owe” my stepmom, Anita, a couple of years’ worth of Colorado vacation photos. (If you know me, you know I’m excellent at remembering to take photos, but remembering to share the photos is sadly something I usually fail at doing.) So last night I spent some time sorting and re-editing some of the photos from our trip last year. I actually had most, if not all, of my photos from the trip edited at some point, but my editing style has changed dramatically since last year, so I felt the urge to re-edit all of these photos to meet my current liking. Why? I don’t know.
In my digging last night, I came across several pictures I would term “keepers,” ones I hope will not get lost on my external hard drive for all of eternity but will be shared in some way with my family over the years. Here are two of those. These were from our day out on Blue Mesa Reservoir. A great memory, for sure.
I love this photo because it really shows the dad I love (and a sweet look on my little girl’s face). He’s crazy and cooky, and I have lots of memories of him being like this when I was as little as my daughter. Those are great memories, ones that make me smile and that make me thankful he’s my dad.
And I love this one because of the look on Gabe’s face. He’s in heaven, loving every second of his time at the wheel. I have lots of memories of being on the boat with my dad and Anita in Florida when I was growing up, so again, this photo brings back lots of memories!
Well, can you tell I’m missing my dad and Anita? We’ll see them soon enough, I know. In the meantime, I am so glad I have photos (photos that might someday end up in a scrapbook, even!).
This is one of my very favorite layouts of all time:
It’s simple (per my usual style), but every time I open my scrapbooks, this one catches my eye. In fact, I think the very simplicity of it is what I like so much. (That, and the very cute digital scrapbook kit supplies from Shabby Princess.)
If you like it, too, you can create your own version of the layout on your own – quickly and easily – by purchasing Template 02 – 5 pix for just $3.
(If you’re not sure what to do with a template, read the tutorial.)
I am working on my next kit (with a school days theme) and am about ready to work on embellishments. Before I do, I thought I’d take a quick poll and see what people enjoy most in their kits. I’ll use this info to help direct the school days kit. So please share: What types of embellishments do you use most on your pages?
What can you buy for $5 these days? Well, not much, it seems.
Compare what you can buy for $5 in everyday life (think fast food value meal) vs. how far your $5 can go in the digital scrapbook world! Which one has more value? Read more on the newest page in the Digital Scrapbooking menu above (or at right): Digital Scrapbooking: A great value!
If you’ve downloaded my free template (or one from another site) but aren’t 100 percent sure how to use it, check out the newest page in the Digital Scrapbooking menu (above or in the right column): How to Design a Scrapbook Layout Using a Digital Template. Drop me a line in the comments section if you have any questions!
Lulu.com (the website that hosts my kits for sale) is having a sale! Everything is 20% off! Use the code LUCKY to get the discount. Save up to $100, but shop by May 16! Enjoy!
Fast links to buy my current kit:
Grab your free template here to make a layout that looks something like this when done. The zipped file you will download includes an illustrated instruction sheet to help guide you through using templates if you have never done it before. Don’t worry…it’s not difficult! (You must have Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or another PSD-compatible photo editing program to be able to use this template.)
I’d love to see your finished products! If you share your layout online, please credit Pixels And Pix. If you could provide a link, even better! Either way, I’d love to see what you’ve made with your template. If you leave me a link in the comments section, I’d be thrilled!
Thanks so much and enjoy! Happy scrapping!
I am excited to begin offering templates to speed your scrapping! My first template will include space for three photos and will help you quickly create a page that looks something like this:
(Click on layout to see it larger. All page elements are available in my Graphic Nature Mega Pack and Graphic Nature Facebook Freebie. Fonts: AL Serenade and League Gothic in title, Avenir for journaling)
Watch for a new post later this week that includes a free downloadable, layered Photoshop template document as well as instructions on how to use the template to create a page of your own. I will be providing templates on a regular basis for purchase, but the first one is free! Stay tuned!