Join Ali Edwards for a Lesson in “Everyday” Scrapbooking This Week

September 28, 2008 at 11:26 pm 1 comment

Ali Edwards is doing A Week in the Life series starting Monday where you join her in an everyday scrapbooking project for a week. I may do it this week or just watch and learn, but it gives some ideas for principles I am using in my “month in review ‘I’ pages”.

The photography tips to get started tomorrow are here.  I probably have enough logged to use those…I never know what to do with them once I have them.  But, I was already working on assembling some of those last week for fun.  I’ll show you those in a video below, but it is about 30 minutes long.  Sorry about that…but there is a lot of info in it.

What do I call it? I call mine “I” pages because they are about me and I use that as a journaling prompt on a lot of the pages:  “I drink tea”, “I carried this purse”, “I loved these kids”, “I rested”.  My days, my passions, my blessings, my joys.

Why do I do it? I’m really enjoying the stamp of “me-ness” –it helps me see what I love and cherish and enjoy and do with this life.  Because, I don’t know about you, but sometimes, in the midst of the “doing”, I miss seeing who I am.  I am there, but I don’t see me as much as the camera does.  Looking at those photos, grouping them meaningfully, assembling them on one page helps me see and enjoy what is shaping me and what I’m becoming.  It’s been a real celebration week for me to just enjoy the makings of this year capturing in things I thought significant or beautiful.

When do I do it? It’s a great diversion in the evening hours as the fam watches TV, or to do one page in the morning before I have my coffee.  These are very fast digital pages, and some I’m just printing and putting in a re-purposed old photo album.  Well, it’s probably easier to show you.

The video of my thoughts and process on it:

Here’s sort of my easy method I’m using:

(I don’t think i can embed a godtube video here yet, but if I can, I will come back and try that).

What I plan to also blog about soon:

I’ll try to capture the process of doing these photos with PSE 5.0 and how I organize photos soon.  You may have your own approach, and whatever works for you is good, but if you need a starting point, I’ll share how I do it…you can adapt it to suit your needs and software.

Special Note: If you don’t scrapbook at all, or can’t afford it, I use other ways of “Remembering.” that take little time or money. My kids value them just as much.  Record keeping isn’t about guilt, or “I wish I could afford to…”.  It’s about living an inspired life, loving your family by the spiritual process of the “remembering” God calls us to in order to.  I’ll talk more about that in coming days.


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  • 1. Misty  |  September 29, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I appreciate your creativity. You inspire!

    I’m not at a place right now where my mental or physical energy allow me to scrapbook as much as I’d like. Well, hardly at all really 🙂 I go in small spurts. Hoping as the physical needs of the children lessen as they grow, then I’ll get more into it.

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