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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Something to Think About… Scrapbooking

I think scrapbooking is great.  I think it’s a terrific way to preserve memories and write your family’s story book.  Notice, I said write.  Without journaling, or writing about what was going on, or your thoughts, or at least the who what where when why and how, they’re just pictures in a book.  Now don’t get me wrong, the pictures are wonderful reminders of the good times you’ve had.  They are wonderful snapshots of your life.  I just don’t think they’re enough.  I think that’s why we started scrapbooking to begin with, at least it was one of the reasons I started.

In addition to the things above, I love to add scriptures from the Bible to my pages whenever I can find something that fits.  I think it reminds us and those who will read it in our future of our dedication to God’s Word.  Who knows?  Perhaps a child or grandchild will see the scriptures and be drawn to the Word and the Lord by reading what we’ve written. 

I encourage you to write scriptures, captions, and  notes to your family in your own handwriting.  No, you may not think your writing is pretty;  but, let me tell you.  My mother died several years ago, and anything that has her handwriting on it is absolutely precious to me.  I don’t have much.  I want to make sure that my children have written reminders of my love for their father, our family, our Lord, and for each of them.

Just Something to Think About….

A Thrifty and Busy Day

Hello!

I have had a long afternoon and evening away from home.  I joined friends for a scrapbooking/cardmaking crop from about 1:30 p.m. until about 10:00 p.m.  It was very fun.  I love having time to just be creative for long stretches.  It seems that I have an unwinding period before the real creativity kicks in.  Are you like that too?

 Well, here’s how I spent my time. 

First, I completed a crocheted dish cloth that I started earlier this week.

Next, I started working on scrapbook pages for my kids.   I completed twenty-four pages to be devided amoung their books. 

Perhaps I’ve already told you that the big gift for my kids this year was a scrapbook for each of them.  I did this very frugally by using a white three ring binder.  I  inserted  an 8 x 10 photo in the front of each child’s book.   The pages were white cardstock inserted in page protectors.  I had one for each child and one for my mother-in-love.  Tonight I continued making pages to add to their books.  I worked on the year 2000 using extra photos left over from doing my own scrapbook from that year.  My main scrapbooks are done with Creative Memories. 

Last, I made some greeting cards, a total of 17,  most were for Valentine’s Day,  a couple were for Christmas, and a few were just friendship cards. 

So, where does the thrifty come in?

Well, other than the cardstock I bought the other day, I didn’t buy any of the supplies that I used tonight.  They were items that had been given to me,  I borrowed, or that were left over from other projects.  I used scraps, scraps, and more scraps. 

Gee, isn’t that what scrapbooking is all about?  ~smile~ 

I encourage you to look at what you have in your hand and do the best you can with it.  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  Good words for hard times.

God bless you all!

Laura

Happy at Home

Hello world!

Dear Reader,

I’m so happy to spend a few moments with you as this old year is preparing to change to the new.  Change can be an uncomfortable thing, but it’s often a good thing.  I love the assurance of knowing that GOD works all things together for those who love HIM who are called acording to HIS purpose.

This blog is one of those changes for me.  I’ve read blogs for years, but I’ve never had the courage to write myself.  Well, I plan to change that with the LORD’s help.  I hope you’ll visit me often as I build my little blog home.  I have many interests, as I’m sure you do:  Christian living, frugal living, cooking, writing, raising children, discipline-theirs and mine, loving my husband, caring for my home, scrapbooking, sewing.  Oh, the list goes on and on.  Won’t you join me as I begin my blogging journey?

Happy at Home,

Laura