I've always been a fan of memory keeping. In High School I was the one with the camera that caught everything (and I mean everything which once caused an uproar because inappropriate underage consumption MIGHT have been documented and some people were upset - oops!) I'm positive I learned the importance of photography from my mom who always had a camera clicking to capture moments. I came to VALUE it and obviously so much that is became my passion.
For my 21st Birthday I was gifted my own Minolta SLR camera. I LOVED this thing like a baby. I took classes (in FILM photography & development) and fell in love. But now that I HAD all of these photos stored in photo boxes - what was I going to DO with them??
Naturally, I fell into scrapbooking. And I fell hard. If felt so tangible and like such a great outlet for me to tell my/our stories in a pretty way making great use of my treasured photos. I quickly gobbled up all of the supplies I loved and bought stashes of glue dots, letter stickers and card stock!! For many years I was able to stash away time in my craft area (which started as a card table and eventually evolved into MY OWN ROOM) and just play with pretty pictures & products. I was able to keep this up for many years - scrapbooking in a typical way with card stock & paper. As the kids arrived and grew my time became less & less available for scrapbooking. SO I transitioned to the concept called Project Life. This is a really mom-friendly solution to documenting your family memories and I treasure these albums I have from roughly 3-4 years of our life. I did it both digitally and touch & feel. I love them both! You can see some of my process in my Project Life tab in the sidebar. It makes me miss it just looking at it!!
It's funny how life ebbs & flows and time that once flowed so freely is suddenly, almost over night it seems, taken with the needs of little people and other priorities (in my case raising three babes, my own business, kids going to school, etc). It all coincided with the advancements of our CELL PHONES to SMART PHONES and soon, our life was/is being documented all on my phone!! I was picking up my real camera less to document my family and using/relying on my phone camera more and more. But let me be clear ... the BEST camera is always THE ONE YOU HAVE ON YOU. It is better to capture the memory then NOT.
As the phone became my primary camera, my memory keeping changed. I tried used the Project Life App but that wasn't working for me as well as I wanted. Instagram had suddenly become my favorite place for documenting my family & my life. It was nice to have a place that allowed me to record our memories and write personal bits to go with each photo ... a la ... SCRAPBOOKING. That is what we are doing people! SCRAPBOOKING! Recording our life in a space that others can share it with you! BRILLIANT.
Single handedly, the best thing that has happened to me over the last few years that allows me to keep up a small portion of my scrapbook life is .. Chat Books!! I subscribed to chatbooks AS SOON AS I heard about it. I purchased albums that encapsulated my entire Instagram history and now continued to auto-subscribed so as soon as I've reached 60 photos a book is instantly sent to me. AND WE LOVE IT!! The books arrives and everyone looks through it, especially my husband!! The thing I love the most is that my WORDS are preserved. My sentiments, thoughts, ideas and feelings are there for posterity. THIS is how they will KNOW me. This is how they will KNOW they were loved...ARE loved.
As much as I'm dying to get back into my craft room and get that tactile input and satisfaction that scrapbooking gives me, for NOW this is the very next best thing for me. If you aren't trying it, I urge you to put that app on your phone TODAY and get started!! Let me know how I can help!