This week I’m doing a series of posts on scrapbooking. If you missed the first post, you can read it here. May is National Scrapbooking Month, and I want to celebrate it. Ten years ago I would have never guessed that I would LOVE to scrapbook, but thanks to Creative Memories’ pocket albums I love this hobby.
Pocket albums is just a fancy way of saying photo albums – the kind where you slide the pocket into a sleeve or “pocket”. There are two reasons why I use Creative Memories Pocket Albums. The first is because my mom is a consultant with Creative Memories. She has bought me (as gifts) almost all of the albums I have.
The second reason is that the quality is fantastic. My children enjoy looking at the photo albums and do it a lot. These albums don’t even looked used. They are amazing. I’ve used cheap pocket albums where after a while the pockets start to tear at the edges.
I have two kinds of these albums. One has six pockets on each page and all the pictures are either horizontal or vertical.
The other album (my favourite) has five pockets on each page with three being horizontal and two vertical. They are more versatile although I’ve learned to work with the other quite well.
I can do one page in about twenty minutes start to finish – even really fancy pages. I’ve worked out a system over the years.
First I set up my table which takes about one minute.
Then I cut my 12″ scrapbook paper to use for matting my photos. I always pick these background papers out for several pages at a time so that when I’m ready to scrapbook this task is done. It’s my least favourite part of scrapbooking because I agonize over whether or not I’m picking the right colours, patterns, etc.
Next I crop my photos. This just means I cut the photos into shapes. I like doing this for the interest that it adds to the page but also for being able to crop out unnecessary parts of the photo. I crop about 90-95% of my photos. Some photos are perfect just the way they are so I leave those alone.
As I crop my photos and lay them on the mats, I’m thinking about what embellishments and journaling I want to do. Honestly, I don’t do tons of either. I find them too distracting, and embellishments can get expensive and time-consuming. My children aren’t looking at these books to see how much time and money I spent on embellishing them. They just want to connect with memories.
I lay everything out and when I’m happy, I use sticker tape to tape it all down and then slide them into their pockets.
I love how my pages go from looking unorganized and distracting to peaceful. My eyes go from frantically searching for a place to rest to having the pictures “pop” off the page at them.
You don’t have to limit this kind of scrapbooking to albums with multiple pictures on one page. My mom has done a tiny 2″ x 3″ album of her children and grandchildren.
She has also done a 4″ x 6″ album that she made into an alphabet book.
I hope you feel inspired to start storing your memories in a meaningful way. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot, and your children will love you all the more.
If you have any questions, I would be very happy to help.