I fell in love with scrapbooking before I had kids - so it was quite a few years ago. It was when paper scrapbooking was probably at the height of popularity. I had gone on a trip to Europe and wanted to make a really nice album about it for all posterity. I had a work colleague and friend that was big into scrapping and she talked me into joining her scrapbooking group. I had such fun right from the beginning and have scrapbooked my memories ever since! (**the above pics are from my daughter's baby album from her first Halloween when she was the cutest tootsie roll ever.)
I know that digital scrapbooking is probably more popular these days, and I also do some of that as well. I love shutterfly and have made albums, gifts, calendars etc from that site with great success. I completely understand the convenience of digital scrapping. But I still love the hands on creativity of paper scrapbooking and making an album from "scratch" that way.
I have a shelf in a closet full of scrapbooks that I have completed as well as old family albums. They are such treasures to me and probably the first thing I would grab if there was ever a fire in our house (right after my kids and doggie first of course!) I like to start each album with some kind of personal inscription by me, and end each album with a poem or neat saying of some kind that fits with that album or about scrapbooking. I have made heritage albums for my Grandma and other members of my family and made many baby albums as gifts for friends. I divide my own personal albums into 1)family albums 2)vacation and trip albums and 3)my kids' school years albums. I also made a baby album for each of my kids' first 2 years (like a baby book).
There stacked in my daughter's closet between her favorite horse and her 1st communion outfit is a pile of bins. They hold and help me organize items to put in the various scrapbooks, a bin of heritage albums and 2 very precious bins where I keep the items I will hand over to my kiddos one day. They each have their own bin with a box with files for their artwork through the years, awards and other special personal items. The bins also hold their baby book, the baby scrapbook I made for them and one day their school years album when they're complete. I saw a similar idea to do bins this way on pinterest and thought it was such a nice smart organized way to keep these treasures for my children as that is really who all this scrapbooking is for as far as I'm concerned. My daughter especially loves to read over old albums just like sitting to read a book together. My heart sees and hopes that she will one day pour over these same albums with her own daughter. Sigh.
As you can probably get the idea, scrapbooking is a great passion of mine that I could go on and on about!! But I will wrap this post up by sharing that I think one of the most important aspects of scrapbooking is not even how pretty the layout or pictures are, but that some kind of special memory or story or information is shared. I think it's important that I share my thoughts or wishes to my kids (or whomever I'm making the album for) in this way and in my own handwriting makes it even more special. That is the true heart of the scrapbook in my opinion - the journaling. Kind of like in blogging. (wink wink)
I plan to share more scrapbooking tips, information, paper crafts and personal memories on a weekly basis on this blog.