If you rub elbows with scrapbookers regularly enough, you will inevitably notice that a lot of them feel like they will never be caught up with their pictures. In fact, you might be one of those people yourself! I know that I am often in the same boat. Personally though, I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing!
My personal rule is that I always scrapbook what interests or excites me at that time. That might sometimes mean working with recent pictures, or with pictures from my past. I do, however, make sure that I print off all of my pictures soon after I take them, (or when the 100 print sales happen) so that i am regularly reminded that they are there, which helps me keep my mind open to potential inspiration about how to scrap them.
For example, I am just getting around to scrapbooking these pictures from over four years ago! Debbie and I drove down to Utah to be on the Good Things Utah, back in 2011. I was looking through my pictures and found them again, and something about my mood, or my mindset, or maybe something that I ate that morning made them click! In any case, I felt Inspired to scrapbook them, and i really enjoyed reliving this memory. It made me think how grateful I am that I got to share that experience with Debbie, who, for those of you who don’t know, is my mother in law. It also reminded me how grateful I am that I am not currently pregnant! 😉
And these feelings and fond memories are the reason that I have made this rule for myself. Not only did I experience a sense of creative fulfillment from designing this layout, but I also was able to bask in the sense of nostalgia that came along with it. This is the unique mix of emotions that scrapbooking brings, which is a huge part of why I love it so much!
So, keep those pictures handy, and wait for Inspiration to strike! If you have a sizable stack of old photos hanging around, that’s ok! They are just warm and wonderful scrapbooking experiences waiting to happen!
Oh, here’s how I made the heart arrow on this page:
- I used the ½” Strip, Elements 2 & 7 and Tiny Sweetheart 2T. I laid them out on my layout in the shape of an arrow.
- Next, I traced and cut each piece out of the paper I was using.
- Then, using an exacto knife, I cut a small line into the center of my heart for the strip to slide through.
If you have had similar experiences scrapbooking old memories, feel free to share in the comments below!