More on Scrapbooking and Telling Your Story

by jessicaturner on August 8, 2008

I enjoyed reading your comments and emails regarding my Creative Surge post. I can’t tell you how important I think it is that you record your story. For me, scrapbooking is how I do this. Some of you may journal. Others may take photos, upload them to snapfish, and share the albums with family and friends that way. Whatever works for you, do something! I have never been good at keeping a journal, so what I have been doing to record little things about Elias’s day is writing one or two lines in the notebook where we keep track of his feedings. That has been working well for me.

My mom instilled the importance of recording one’s story in my sister and me at a very young age. She always took pictures, and chronicled our childhood through photo albums. In fact, my sister and I have a photo album for each year of our life, which I know is way more than what most people my age have. I can’t express how grateful I am for those couple thousand pictures. Thank you Mom.

I began scrapbooking in 2003, shortly after meeting Matthew. Since then, my style has evolved, as has the importance of story in my albums. While I used to be all about the paper and the embellishments, I now journal on a lot more of my pages. The story behind those pictures is important! But, I do give my self the freedom to be okay with sometimes not having journaling (like in the layout before). That’s okay, too.

One thing I enjoy doing in my scrapbooking is participating in challenge blogs (you can find a list of some of my favorites to the right). These blogs often jumpstart my creativity and sometimes make it easier for me to create a page quickly. Below is my take on this week’s scrapjacked challenge. It only took about 15-20 minutes (which is all I could carve out between feedings anyway). I love all the little details, like the words in the ki lace paper, the felt and metal embellishments and the thickers.

Pages generally take me anywhere from 20-90 minutes. I imagines that now that I am a mommy, I will be doing my simple, faster layouts, which is fine with me. Again, to me it is about chronicling the story, not about the latest and greatest technique (although those are fun to work in now and again).

If you are just getting started in scrapbooking, the sheer volume of products can be ovverwhelming. I would recommend getting a kit that has everything coordinated in one package for you. I think this month’s CK Kit of the Month is a great one for a new (or old) scrapbooker. Check it out here.

So, go write down something from your day or week. Chronicle your story – God has made it uniquely yours!



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Michele August 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm

YESH I FINALLY MADE IT TO BE THE FIRST RESPONDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i AM THINKING OF STARTING SCRAPBOOKING NOW ON MORE OF A PART TIME BASIS.

CAN YOU DIRECT ME ON HOW TO BE A BEGINNER? i KNOW SOME OF THE BASICS BUT I HAVE NOT DONE THIS IS A LONG TIME. MAYBE 6 YEARS OR SO.

THANKS SO MUCH.
ELIAS IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SO ARE YOU TOO!!!!
Love Michele Stewart

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Michele August 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Crap I spelled YEAH wrong- figures.
HA HA HA
Take care God Bless
PS May I email you my story and testimony? Thanks

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staceyfike August 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm

awesome jack! and such a sweet boy! can’t wait to meet him :)

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Anonymous August 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Hi Jess,
I enjoy your blog everyday and especially connected with this post. I’m an avid card-maker but haven’t yet crossed over to the scrapbooking world. I’ve considered it often but know it will be an all-consuming hobby for me! Your post helped me to see the value in it and how to approach it as I start my first book for my baby. Thanks for the info, tips, suggestions and encouragement on the importance of journaling one’s story. I look forward to reading your blog for more inspiration and even some direction :)

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EliseBlaha August 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

very cute!

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Joy August 10, 2008 at 3:28 am

I have to use pre-made layouts since I have two kids. And even now I don’t have much time. But that’s okay! One of these weekends I’ll get more organized and get back into it!

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Christi August 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Thanks so much for your answer to my questions, and others questions, on scrapbooking. Wish I could pick your brain more, but this post was a huge help, and has helped me get truly motivated.

I so love to capture memories and the story of my life. I have a bad memory so it’s what really keeps the special moments vivid for me.

I’ve picked up supplies from JoAnn’s, Michaels, and the Dollar store – a few “kits” and other embellishments. Except I can’t find a place that sells those Thickers – I can see why you love them, and I’ll get them one of these days. But I can’t go crazy spending money up front. I did get some chipboard letters. Anyway, I’ve started a few pages, but only got one finished. I just need to work on running with ideas more quickly. I tend to mull over different options and accents, and formulating the page takes much more time than just creating it. Guess that will come with time and practice.

Well, thanks again. You’ve been an inspiration and I’ve enjoyed your pages to give me ideas.

Christi
Orlando, FL

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