This is where I have been

A LOT to scrapbook!

So I haven’t posted here in a long while and there is a good reason.  I made a commitment to myself a year ago that I would finish once and for all the scrapbooks. I am not a fancy scrapper. I just want to record events in my kids lives. When my kids were young the scrapbook movement hadn’t really started and so my first couple of scrapbooks were lame. A hybrid of photo albums and school work hastily and not very well assembled. And then life happened and suddenly it was 15 years later.

My GOAL was to have yearly books for them through high school. Uh huh. AS I write this they are 23 and 17 ! Let me take stock of what I
had actually accomplished in those years: I had my oldest up to age 6 and my youngest only up to age 2. Ummm…yeah.

When I moved to my little island here in the PNW I decided I would MAKE the time and finish these. It took another year to settle in and one day it hit me…I had the time. Now I just needed to find the motivation.  That came in the form of my eldest deciding to maybe move home and the fact that I had about 8 bins of  school papers clogging the room that would be her bedroom.

So last May….I committed. Through the next two months I worked on my youngest books to get her caught up to her sister.  There was so much paper and I was so overwhelmed but I quickly got a system started and by June the youngest was done until first grade ( only 11 yrs to go!) The oldest….moving home in about a year….she was more of a challenge. I knew summer would be busy and I stumbled across digital scrapbooking which I had heard of but never done. Since I was embarking on her high school years there are far few projects and many more pictures… I learned how to digitally scrapbook and by  late fall I had managed, to my surprise, to digitally scrap 87 pages of her high school experience. Or rather my perception of her high school years.

Come the New year I was back to traditional albums and determined to finish in the year 2016. I bought a planner and mapped out my goals. 11 scrapbooks and 3 revamps ( early scrapbook hybrids that needed a facelift) in 11 months. If you want an awesome planner check out Passion Planner!

So here it is May 2 and  we are about to head east to pick up my daughter. Her room is ready and considering it was crammed with paper and stickers, and machinery up until February it looks wonderful now. MY office is moved and functional and last night I finished a the 2nd of 4 revamps.

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Long ways to go last year

Getting there!

In actual paper based scrapbooks I have 5 left. My youngest daughters 4- 8th grade. I will plan on a digital album for her high school years like her sister but since she is finishing up 11th grade its going to be last on my list. I also have 2 revamps left and I have gone from 8 bins to 2 bins of school papers. I am writing this because frankly I am just proud of myself and I don’t think anyone really cares except me and my kids…who are happy to have their books and memories. But I remember how I felt when I started this a year ago and I now I know I can do it.

Published: May 2, 2016

Life happens

Feels like the last 2 months were put on a loop-de-loop in fast forward. My daughter was happily graduated from the University and then my life went to hell in a hand basket. Well actually it wasnt THAT bad. I just wanted to use that phrase.  It WAS however very busy and full of some unexpected twists and turns.

In typical Marion style I decided to change things up a bit and so for my oldest daughters high school scrapbook I decided to go all digital. I find that I am perpetually about 4 years behind the cutting edge of scrapbooking except when I first started and I was about 4 years early.

Anyhow…who knew there was a whole subculture….not even a subculture really…a full blown well developed  culture around digital scrapbooking??!!

I had no idea and like they say its totally addictive and cheap comparatively speaking. I do however miss the textures and bits and pieces involved in making a “real” scrapbook.  I decided to take on this venture around the time my eldest was graduating college. Dont let the whole 4 year thing fool you here. Her scrapbooks are done from 0-6 and then I started with 9th grade. Long ways to go!

Anyhow and I got busy and managed to get up to the fall of 11th grade done (about 4o pages!) before the twists of life started up and recently just spit me back out. But I did discover one thing before I was sucked into the vortex. I really can’t multitask on projects. I am full tilt on one or the other but I can’t do both at the same time. So. That means that every single online class and tutorial have fallen by the wayside is a bad way and I have desperately missed it but frankly not sure how to redeem it except focus one day at a time.

As a start I needed to recover from a month of traveling and company and entertaining. Then I had to work around the house and THEN I had to face the woeful state of my creativity which felt as dry and crispy as the drought we are in. Primarily there is the No Excuses Art Journaling…and also Donna Downey and Lifebook. Never mind my own individual stuff.

I am happy to report the last week I spent catching up on 5 weeks of NEAJ. I am pretty proud of myself for that as I am not always good at following through. But I think the tutorials are going to have to wait because I want to finish up the digital scrapbook.

I really wish I could multitask better.




Published: July 24, 2015

Dont let this happen to you

Does anyone actually scrapbook anymore? I used to be pretty good at it and then catastrophe hit and I stopped. 10years ago. When my kids were 13 and 6. Thats a lot of school and papers, and projects and pictures. Thank god I dont have more than 2 kids I would have drowned in the paper. As it is my spare closet is stuffed. Why because I am one of THOSE mothers. I kept everything. And I do mean everything.

So wait….catastrophe you say? What catastrophe? Well I wont go into details but the gist is I took my computer in for a minor repair and they ended up deleting all my photos. Most of which I had back ups of except for the previous 6 months. This just added insult to injury. I was recently divorced, working a manual labor job and I was miserable. The loss of the pictures was the final straw and mentally it just sent me into a tail spin. I love photography. I take pictures all the time. I take pictures of my kids ALL THE TIME. And the final cherry on top was the fact that my oldest had just tested for her black belt and all those pictures were lost as well.

So that “catastrophe” stopped me cold. Both from scrapping and from picture taking. I was truly depressed. Nonetheless school projects, field trips and projects continued to pile up. So….

2015-04-27 21.12.50Here it is 10 years later.  I got over myself. I got back to taking pics within the year. I got a better job, a better computer. Survived another bad relationship. Met my future husband, got remarried and moved to the PNW. When I moved here I knew I would be having a lot of free time and decided to get back to scrapping. After all I had all the kid’s papers still. Seven bins worth of paper and paper projects!

And Today, 10 months after I moved in I started. I had to face the music. And this is what I faced; This is my spare room closet also known as the “faux attic” and those are some of the bins full of 2015-04-27 16.53.46paper. I went for the first box I could reach and it turns out it was my youngest’s 1st grade year. 2005-2006. The same year all those pics were lost. I gamely waded in though and started sorting piles.  The second picture is first grade by months and I have already discarded 90% of the math homework and 30% of the written homework.

The final album will be about 36 pages…that allows 4 pages per each month of school plus a few extra sheets of school work. So ultimately 90% more of this paper will be tossed.

I will be lucky if I have 10 pictures for the entire school year and that saddens me deeply. I feel like the point of scrapping is to highlight the pictures. But in the end the kids just love to see their old stuff. Its the thought that counts. Still I miss my pictures. Even after all these years.

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Published: April 27, 2015