I was/am a scrapbooker. Possibly something else you didn't know about me? (This could be the year of full disclosure LOL). When I was pregnant with my first child I became interested in scrapbooking and that interest quickly snowballed into complete obsession. I was off work for 14 months after she was born and since she was a long napper, I had time to fill. I filled it with cutting up paper and gluing it back together (sounds a lot like quilting!). I took thousands upon thousands of photos and made hundreds of pages documenting her early years (If you are interested in seeing some of them you can here).
Then I got pregnant again and I found sewing. There wasn't time for both and scrapbooking was pushed aside. But I've missed it. The act of scrapbooking and the way I took photos of our family when I was scrapbooking. Sure, I've got photos of all the major life events that occurred in those years but my favorite moments to scrapbook were the day to day ones. Bedtime stories, funny quotes, unique personality traits.
Watching Elise work on Project Life for the past several years had me intrigued. But I didn't want to order the entire system without knowing if I could stick to it. This past fall, I saw the kits in Michaels, and just before Christmas, my good friend mentioned she was giving it a try. So I started buying the parts (with coupons, of course) and I started taking pictures. Their quality is mediocre and many are iPhone photos but they are photos of our family. By Christmas, I hadn't ordered any photos or even opened the kit. I needed some accountability.
Hopefully you guys won't mind me sharing these layouts here once or twice a month. I know if this post wasn't "scheduled" for today, I wouldn't have spent an hour last night working on December's photos. And I enjoyed that hour. Right now, I am keeping it pretty basic. I'm ordering 4x6 photos from WalMart and cutting them down when necessary. I'm not spending a lot of time digging through my copious paper crafting stash (it rivals my fabric!!) for the perfect paper or embellishment. There's a pretty good chance, I might start doing this down the road. And I'm hopeful that as the year goes on I begin to take more care in my photos, taking more with my good camera and less with my phone. But for now, our memories are being preserved and that makes me happy.
Thanks for listening!