In today’s segment of getting more scrapping accomplished, lets talk about
Step 6: Give yourself permission to be your family’s memory keeper.
Some of you may remember the childhood game, Mother, May I? where you had to ask permission to move ahead or do various activities. Since scrapbooking is generally considered a hobby, many people seem to feel that it should only be done if _____, or _____ (you fill in the blanks). Realize that scrapbooking your personal memories, your family’s history, or whatever memories you want to document can be richly rewarding for you, your family, or maybe someone else. You deserve a few minutes to document and save memories. It’s such a rewarding thing for everyone to look back and be able to remember special moments. Children especially benefit from seeing themselves in scrapbooks!
Documenting memories may not always be about “happy” times. As part of the human experience, we have good times and not so good times and those experiences are all part of the story. You don’t have to delve deeply into painful experiences, but to completely leave them out will leave holes in your story. Sometimes just a sentence or two may be all you care to share.
MAKE the time to document and keep the memories. While you are deciding how you will make time you may consider these questions:
- Do you like to work with paper scrapbooking, digital, or hybrid (a combination of digital and traditional)?
- Do you need to save time by using pre-designed sketches, templates, quick pages, or even pre-designed books?
- Which style or size of scrapbook will work best for you and allow you to actually complete pages?
Select a method or format, you think will be manageable and will work for you, and give yourself permission to jump in and make a page, or two! Yes, I’m a mother, and I’m giving you permission. Why? Because I said so.
Stop back by because next time we’ll talk about how to make the story memorable.