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.