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I will be the first to admit that, although I’d like to be, I am not a scrapbooker. I just don’t have that attention to detail … or attention span for that matter. I LOVE looking at scrapbooks, I just don’t possess the skills to make them myself. I should probably take a class. The memories I have captured are in files on my computer, in shoeboxes in my closet, or written in a journal. I love the act of memory keeping, I just suck at the execution! As time passes at an alarming rate while I struggle to keep up, I’m wanting more and more to hang onto moments and document them in a better way so that our growing family will be able to see and enjoy them for years to come.
When I was younger, I can remember sitting on the living room floor and asking my mom to take out the “picture books” to look through. My mom has some great photo albums, going back to when my grandmother would have put them together, up until photography went digital and we just stopped printing photos. I never had the chance to meet my maternal grandmother so seeing her smiling, joyful face made her real to me and made me feel connected to her in some way. I also loved looking at pictures of myself as a baby, being held by my parents in their terrible 80’s hair and fashion. I will never be able to unsee that image of my father in those tiny Adidas short shorts. You know the ones I’m talking about. Mom documented everything on film and I’m so grateful for that, which is why I want to do the same for my children!
A few of the bloggers that I follow kept posting their Project Life pages and I never fully understood what they were until I was shopping at Michael’s one day and saw the binders and accessories there. It’s absolutely perfect for people like me who want an easy, but beautiful, way to preserve important photos and memories without all of the scissors and glue. It took me forever to pick the things I wanted but I finally settled on a binder that says “Remember This: the story of us” on it and the Project Life Core Kit in Dreamy Edition. Both really represent where we are in our lives and how we want to remember what these days felt like. I love the pretty pastel colours and uplifting sentiments on the cards in the kit!
2015 will be my trial year and if it goes well, I’ll continue to do a book each year. In the meantime, I’d love to share each month of my Project Life pages with you! We’re only days into January but I’m already looking forward to pulling together some pictures and getting them into the book. I can’t wait to share! Thinking back to those times on the living room floor while looking through “picture books” brings back such fond memories and I can’t wait to share that with my kids. Although they are boys, so we’ll see if they enjoy it as much as I did!
Do you use Project Life or any other form of scrapbooking? Let me know in the comments if and how you preserve memories of your family!
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