Hello! How do you preserve your memories? The old fashion way was to create a scrapbook using paper, scissors, and glue. Now, a lot of people still scrapbook that way, but it is not as popular of a hobby as it once was. With advancements in digital photography, many people have turned to creating digital scrapbooks, videos, or just simply storing them on their computer or social media sites like Facebook. The Project Life series has altered the scrap booking phase by focusing less on major life events and creating little works of art on a page, and more on journaling everyday events and just using a photograph and some handwritten words.
When I first started paper crafting, I only scrap booked. I have since accumulated an entire wardrobe of scrapbooks, which, rarely, if ever, get looked at. And worse, most of these books have become warped and ruined due to constant extreme temperature changes in my house. Because of all the time scrap booking takes, and how once a book is done it is packed away in a closet rarely to be seen again, I decided to stop scrap booking. Every now and then I might create a page and just display it on an easel in my craft room, but that is about it.
So if you don't scrapbook how do you preserve your memories? Well, I keep a blog for one. I don't just post my travel and life event stories for all of you! My blog for the most part is an on line diary of my public life (and I say public life because obviously I can't share everything!). My husband, children and whatever family and friends who actually care about us, can always click on my blog to see what were up to or relive our special moments. The second way I preserve memories is that I actually PRINT my favorite photographs and put them in frames. Yes, with the popularity of Instagram and Facebook, most people take pictures, but they never print them. I love to use photographs of my family in the interior design of my home. If you were to walk in my house you would see pictures of my family and our travels on just about every surface. I'm sure all the interior designers of HGTV would just shudder if they saw all my pictures. But I don't care. I love to surround myself with things that I love and I love my family. Both my kids are grown and have moved out of the house and I only see them a few weeks out of the year. Having their pictures in sight all over my house is my way of keeping them close. My husband actually gave me the sweetest, most thoughtful Christmas gift this past year; a digital frame. He said, 'you have so many pictures all over the place, I thought you could use this'. It was an awesome gift! You can download hundreds of photos onto the frame, and it cycles through them all changing the photograph every few seconds. I love it!
So all of this brings me to the subject of my post: photo collages. When you have tons of pictures, and your having a hard time deciding which ones to put in frames or on a scrapbook page, what do you do? Well my daughter, who loves to make collages, made two large photo collages for me. She took all my favorite photos and using scissors, Mod Podge and some large canvases created these beautiful works of art:Pensacola Beach was a wonderful memory for me. I had never spent Christmas away from home before, and I was surprised how much I loved taking a vacation during the holiday instead of the usual cooking, shopping, decorating routine that is exhausting! It was so relaxing and peaceful to go to the ocean during the off season. Yes, it was freezing, but I still had a great time and we created so many wonderful memories of our time there. I really wanted to preserve these memories, and most importantly, have these memories 'visible' to me to look at, especially when I'm going through a stressful time.
So how about you? How do you preserve your memories? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day! Amy