Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without…Scrapbooking

Hello Friends,

I’ve noticed lately that a couple of my friends are using the phrase, “I’m a user not a collector.”  Many of us who like to scrapbook, whether it be Creative Memories or an eclectic style, like to collect supplies.  There’s always a new set of paper that would be just right, a cute sheet of stickers, a new gadget we want to try.  It can really be quite expensive.

I’ve had a few really tight years financially lately.  I have found that I truly am a “user” when it comes to scrapbooking supplies.  My family albums are all Creative Memories.  In the beginning, I was just too scared to use anything else.  Good marketing, eh?  I expect that I will continue to use their albums for my family albums.  I’ve been out of pages for my books for some time.  They’re rather expensive to buy.  So, when a friend asked me to come scrapbook with her, I thought of another thing to do. 

I have tons of leftover photos that were either duplicates or just didn’t make it into the CM albums.  I also needed some nice Christmas gifts for my mother-in-love and my kids.  So, off to Wal-Mart I went.  I bought acid-free cardstock, acid-free page protectors, and acid-free craft glue stick.   Then, I got busy making pages!  

I already had most of the photos separated by event or at least in chronological order in envelopes or in my big CM file box.  I just took out a file, whatever I felt like working on that night, and separated the photos into four or five piles.  Then I would make a page with whatever pretty stickers or paper I had on hand, for each of my children and/or my mother-in-love.  If I didn’t have enough photos, I’d just decide who I thought would enjoy them most and make pages for those people.  I didn’t sweat the small stuff.  I just worked quickly, with love, and enjoyed it so much: because, it didn’t have to be perfect!!!!!!!!

I journaled or put Bible verses on each page.  I then finished the pages by putting the recipient’s name and the date of the pictures on the bottom.  That way, I can do them in whatever order I want and put them in correct order later.  Freedom!!!!!!!

Lastly, all the pages went into a file folder together, in random order, until I got page protectors and notebooks to put them in.  I used 1 1/2 inch nice quality white notebooks.  They have a cover that allowed me to slide in a 10×13 photo; so, each child has an album with his or her photo on it!  Now I finally have a use for 10x 13 photos!

Shortly before Christmas, I put the books together using the acid free page protectors that you can buy in the office section of Wal-Mart.  They turned out great.  I’ve been using the same method to add to the books ever since.  I’ve already had to move one child’s pages to a larger book!  Naturally, the older ones have more photos because they’ve been alive longer!

What’s the point of telling you all of this?

FREEDOM!

I now feel free to be creative even if I don’t have the “right stuff”.  These albums may not last a hundred years; but, they are blessing my family right now.  I was putting off putting things into albums because I couldn’t do it “right”.  In the meantime, the kids were forgetting.  I don’t want to do that anymore.

So, when things get better, I expect I will continue my Creative Memories albums.  They really do have a superior product.  BUT I am not going to let my perfectionism get in the way of making wonderful memory reminders for my children NOW. 

Making do!

Just Something to Think About…

Laura

Happy at Home

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2 thoughts on “Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without…Scrapbooking

  1. Oh how true it is…. I hear you. I have the same problem of wanting everything to be just right….
    I think I will take heed of your personal “freedom” and try to just start creating.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Blessings,
    Cindy

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