M is for memories.
Scrapbooking is a wonderful way of preserving memories and creating something beautiful out of the odd photo and some pretty papers. I have enough photos of my son to sink a battleship, and I’m sure there are many other mums out there in the same situation. Do you have all your photos neatly labelled in albums, or are they, like mine, still in the photo shop paper wallets? It’s easy to lose track of a series of photos – when they were taken, at what event, and why. Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to re-create the event, to save and share the memories, and to create a wonderful heirloom for the future (and to hopefully embarrass your kids in their teens too).
I remember the days of having to put a physical film into your camera, and knowing that you only had 24 shots to take. Also the traumas of not being able to preview your photo meant I used to end up with more photos of my fingertips than of anything else. But now, with the advent of digital cameras it has become much easier to get really good photos easily. You can take lots and lots of shots without worrying about film, because you just delete the rubbish ones straight away. This means that you can achieve a series of photos that can tell a story, like below.
The photos above were taken at my son’s first birthday party. I was so pleased with them – a lovely series showing Isaac looking at his hedgehog birthday cake, and spying the Liquorice Allsort nose. Then reaching out for it, grabbing it, and stuffing it in his mouth in one go (and the subsequent hamster cheeked look too!). When I got the photos printed it was hard to choose which ones to use, and which to leave out. It is important not to cram too much on a page, else it will look cluttered.
Once I’d chosen, I then had to decide on colours. Picking colours out of the photos tends to work well and links the page together as a whole. I chose the light blue of Isaac’s T-shirt, and the red of the table. By matting and layering the photos onto appropriate coloured paper I was then ready to work out a layout. I had a dig around in my craft drawers for other items that matched the colour scheme to use as embellishments, and I came up with a couple of ready die-cut balloons, some blue raffia ribbon, some red brads, and some lovely round paper clips that I had recently purchased. The round tags were die-cut using my recently acquired Xyron machine (see my ‘D is for die-cutting’ blog post.
Once I had everything, I played around with it on the page, working out the best design. There are many scrapbookers out there who prefer to design their layout first, and then put things together for it, but I just can’t seem to plan that far ahead. Whenever I do try to plan something, I always change my mind halfway through, and it never ends up looking how it was planned. It does usually end up better though, which is why I now go with the flow and have a play around with it all until I’m happy with it. Then it’s just a case of sticking it all down.
I feel that the final layout perfectly captures the moment, and looks so much better than a few photos in a flippy photo album.