A Birth Certificate shows that we were born.
A Death Certificate shows that we died.
Pictures show that we live! -author unknown
I scrapbook to tell a story, record a history, share memories and document a life. I put pictures together with journaling and put into easily accessible scrapbooks.
A couple of years ago, I was so proud of a page I had created with my digital scrapbooking supplies and Photoshop Elements that I used it as a screen saver on my computer at work. My brother walked by (yes, I worked for my brother) and I had him come look at it. He said, “Yes, that’s nice, but why do you do it? Why do all that work for one photo?” Thankfully, he didn’t wait for an answer because I didn’t have my usual quick comeback. Why do I do it? I did it for the art and creativity, definitely not for efficiency and getting my photos in albums.
This layout took almost two hours to complete. I enjoyed every minute – placing each element and choosing the perfect background papers. However, at the end of the two hours, I had scrapbooked one photo! One photo that was almost 10 years old! At this rate, 99% of my photos will remain on my computer and not where I could enjoy them or share with others.
So, about two years ago, I went with the pocket style scrapbooking – not the physical placing of photos into pockets, although that would have been a tremendous improvement, but the digital version of pocket scraping. This template is from Becky Higgins Project Life, but many different styles and sizes are available. It took about 30 minutes, but I told the complete story and used all 7 photos.
That was still time consuming and it was still difficult to keep up – scrapping current photos. Then Becky Higgins came out with an App version of Project Life. I can scrap the photos on my camera while waiting for an appointment, in the passenger seat on a trip, or anywhere I have my phone and each page takes about 5 minutes. You don’t even need Wi-Fi. There are numerous apps that allow you to write on photos, add stickers, etc if you don’t like the “Plain Jane” look of the page. I personally am about the photos and journaling in these pages, so the lack of decoration doesn’t bother me.
This shows a digital page on the left, and an app pocket page on the right. As you can see, I mix my pages and I even used the same photo in both pages. The first page is for fun and art. The second is to record the event.
At this point, they may be organized, journaled and scrapped, but they are still not out where anyone else can enjoy or where I can share. They are not physical!
My next step is to print. I prefer the 12×12 size because they are gorgeous and seem to come alive. However, I print at home first as an 8×8 because I cannot for some reason really see it on the screen. I want to physically hold it in my hand, read it, arrange in an album. Then I check for errors before I print 12×12 for my permanent albums. When I am confident it is as good as it gets, I print 12×12. I only print with Persnickety Prints or through the Project Life app because I know their quality is above average, but several places are printing 12×12 now.
Check out my projects to find great ways to scrap and organize your photos to tell the story you want to tell, or to compare celebrations over the years.
Please comment below and let me know why you scrap.