Please see Part 1 where I discussed my 2010 goals.
At some point this summer I realized that once my second daughter was born, I stopped making an effort to put up recent pictures of our girls and stopped updating photo albums. Two children became more than double the work and I really let things slip. As a way to make up for that and to document our lives currently, I decided to take the plunge to begin digital scrapbooking. I had successfully completed one traditional (i.e. paper) scrapbook a few years ago which both girls love to look at. It really hit me that the album I had made was of my older daughter at about the age my younger daughter is now. I knew I needed to make something for both girls that they could view (and laugh about) for years to come.
I have successfully completed one digital album that also doubled as a gift. Last August we took a trip to the Oregon Coast. My in-laws and two nephews joined us. There were lots of wonderful memories from that trip. For my mother-in-law's Christmas gift this year, I made a 10 page album with all the pages made digitally. The bonus is that I can make copies for us as well. Two albums for the work on one! I am all about saving time.
The second way I decided to document our lives was to make an album (12x12 size) that documents each year's Christmas photo and letter. Yes, I am one of these people that write a standard letter to enclose with the Christmas cards. Because I send out over 40 cards each year I simply do not have time to write a personalized letter. I was able to find letters dating back to 2000 which is probably the first year I wrote such a letter. I am making an individual scrapbook page for each year from 2000 until 2003. Beginning in 2004, I am doing a two-page spread that has one side with the letter and the other side with the Christmas photo of our family. It has been a lot of fun to read about the major happenings in our lives like the year we got a new puppy and two weeks later I had thyroid surgery, or the first Christmas after 9/11, or the year our oldest daughter was born followed four years later by her baby sister. It's amazing some of the details that I have forgotten. This album is helping us to remember.
If you are interested in documenting the stories of our lives now, especially through digital scrapbooking, I highly recommend the following:
- Ali Edwards - Beautiful photography and with a strong emphasis on the story
- Cathy Zielske - First off, she's very funny, but she makes beautiful, simple pages. She, too, emphasizes the story.
- Renee Pearson - She has a wonderful intro to digital scrapbooking class called Just The Basics.
- Jessica Sprague - Extensive class selection on all things digital for scrapbooking, photo editing and design. I have taken her Family History Album class as well as Up And Running, an intro to digital scrapbooking. I also will be completing the followup for the intermediate level.
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