I received many new questions this past week, but none struck me as much as this:
Where do you start if you haven’t been scrapbooking your child’s life, and he is now 16? Do you start at the beginning or from now and work backwards?
We can all identify with this feeling. Every single one of us. The key to releasing this mental burden is knowing that being caught up is impossible. Just give it up right now, for your own sanity! There will always be more to scrap.
To quell this anxiety, you must set boundaries for what is good enough for you. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Memory keeping doesn’t mean just scrapbooking. Honor your memories by keeping your photos organized and protected from time.
- Reflect on the years gone by with multi-photo pages and extensive journaling. Create a mini-album if you need it, to celebrate all that time before you started scrapping.
- Combine scanned older photos with new digital images on a layout to mark how things have changed over the years.
- Completely let go of chronological scrapping. Keep your photos organized by date, but let your scrapbooks celebrate snippets in time.
- Remember that scrapbooking is a creative hobby, meant to offer you personal satisfaction not stress and worry.
I personally understand that internal pull to feel caught up and I struggle with it all the time. Let go of perfection to find greater peace and simplicity in your scrapbooking. This new perspective will unlock a treasure box of creative potential.