Cleaned my desk up tonight and decided it was time to get back to some scrapbooking. Haven't done much this year but I've been keeping some sheets going each month (OK well April slipped me by) to help me jot down things that I think we'll enjoy reading about down the track. Nothing spectacular, just those daily happenings that often seem so mundane at the time and are quickly forgotten, but give you a burst of nostalgia when you read them a few years (or decades!) later.
I put together a few sheets I print off each month. One for Jack which has space for snippets about food, sleeping, activities, firsts, words and special events, one for Hannah with space for activities, skills, quotes, special events and also a general one for family news and events. A couple of times a month I try to dig them out and jot down anything that comes to mind. Then all I need to do to make a page is to grab out my sheets, find a nice photo and start scrapping!
Our Designer Series Patterned Paper makes it even easier. I just found two sheets I liked (from Spring Silhouettes this time) then matted my photo in a coordinating cardstock (Wild Wasabi.) Printed my journalling onto vellum cardstock. (By the way - this is a good pick I think if you are choosing between our two vellums. I tried printing on the paper vellum first and it bled a bit and smudged, the cardstock vellum printing stayed crisp.) I attached it with two pewter brads. Quite a simple page, which is my usual scrapbooking style. The more I like the photo, the less stuff I find I use!
A few years ago in a scrapbooking magazine I saw a little album done with quotes the mum had collected from her children. She carried a little notebook around in her handbag and just jotted them in for later use on a scrapbook page. I started doing the same thing and made up a small album about Hannah when she started to chatter. I think it is about my favourite of the scrapbooks I've done. Not the best one for design or colour choice or photos or anything, but I just LOVE reading the funny little things Hannah used to say. If you have any little people in your life, give it a try. Brings lots of smiles to faces that read them later.
I love to take photos of the kids in black and white. This one of Hannah really catches her sparkle I think. (And did I tell you how much I LOOOOOVE my digital SLR. Best thing we've bought in ages.)
Back another day with some more from this album I've started tonight.