Think back to 2, 10, even 20 years ago. Were you scrapping then? I bet, for most of you, the answer is no. But what came before scrapbooking?
Sometimes its a challenge to think about a time before we coupled art with our photos. For me (and many of you), memory keeping “back then” was centered on simple pocket photo albums or even those sticky page albums.
We took rolls of film, had the photos printed and then stuck the images in albums — even the completely blurry ones! Our digital world now has us operating at the other end of the spectrum. We edit readily, delete frequently and all too often do not print our photos.
What if that changed?
We can get so caught up, stressed even, in our little world of scrapbooking, that it is easy to lose sight of basic approaches to the same goal. We must ask if we can bring more value and a deeper sense of simplicity to our memory keeping. Is it possible to reduce the fuss?
Today it is easier than ever to bring storytelling to photo albums as well as mesh printed images with scrapbook layouts. Traditional 3-ring binder-style albums have also reached incredible heights of style. So long black pleather!
Super easy journaling
You might be thinking that photo albums are so far from scrapbooking, because they lack the written (or type) word. Nix that idea – because it just isn’t so. New products allow you to easily journal on or next to your photos.
You’re likely already family with the top quality digital products from Ali Edwards. However, if you’re a digi-only scrapbooker, you might not have thought of them in this way. Ali’s overlays are excellent tools to combine journaling with printed photos – which is exactly how she uses them!
An even more bare-bones approach comes from Pioneer, one of the top manufacturers of photo and scrapbook albums. A large portion of their photo album pages contain slips of paper for journaling next to, above or below your pictures. You can even get creative by replacing these strips with your journaling printed on a favorite colored card stock!
Mix & match
Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing. The market is now flush with products to help you pair photo prints (or cropped images) with your scrapbook pages.
These products are opening up so many possibilities for new modes of hybrid scrapbooking.
All the pretty colors and patterns are a core attraction factor in scrapbooking. It’s possible to bring the same level of style to your albums with Rag & Bone Photo Binders. These albums hold four 4×6 photos per sheet.
As you examine your overall strategy for memory keeping, I urge you to consider how traditional photo albums might fit into your world. Are there opportunities to find more time? Photo albums, especially with all the modern bells and whistles, provide a great, no-fuss option for helping you stay caught up!
I’m thinking more along these lines – because I just can’t scrap everything. What about you? How are you using photo albums as part of your memory keeping process?
This post kicks of my new series: 21 ways to tell your story. Throughout March, I’ll be sharing fresh perspective on a multitude of approaches for documentation and honoring your memories.