I have too many photos, too many options and not enough brain cells. Here I sit in Nancy’s killer scrapbook room with more choices than I can handle. Thank goodness she gives me her consultant discount. Now I just need to make a decision.
Where should I start? What kind of book should I use? Believe it or not, I used to be a Sr. Consultant with Creative Memories? Rhonda Anderson would be so NOT proud of me. I have let my photos accumulate in digital world and now I need to get them preserved before I forget where we were, who we are and how blessed we’ve been.
If you are a non-scrapbooker, I bet you’re about to leave my blog just about now, but hang on maybe you can help me. Look at all these photos (little stacks with 4-5 photos in each pile). These are from our surprise ski trip to Vail and I want to tell the story of how no one but God got us there.
Why am I doing this? I could be watching football with my husband. Aren’t photo boxes and computer hard drives sufficient? Well, I used to think so. I have been operating in that reality for a few years since retiring as a scrapbook consultant.
But this week I posted a P31 radio show Lysa did about preserving our memories. In it I re-read verses in the Bible that reminded me how important it is to God for me to pass down our stories and memories to future generations so they will remember His faithfulness to our family. Here’s one of the verses I read:
Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. Joel 1:3
Our photos tell so much of God’s story. And in telling His-story I am inspired to live it. My photos remind me of the legacy of faith and family traditions I want to leave for my children and grandchildren .
So, here’s my dilemma. CM has this new kind of scrapbook called a Picfolio where you can slide the photos into sleeves already on the pages. You don’t need adhesives, page protectors and you don’t need to be (or get to be) very creative because there isn’t as much room on the pages. But being creative was one thing I used to enjoy.
Then I say to myself, “I don’t really have time to be all creative like I used to be. Maybe this is a good option for those who have a gazillion photos to preserve before the memory of them fades and all hopes of journaling about them is lost. Maybe creativity was for another era in my life and now it’s time to click into historian survival mode.
What is my self saying back to me? “Ask your blogger friends.”
Tell me, what would you do? Have you ever used a picfolio, or are you a traditional scrapbooker? The kind that loves decorative papers, tape runners, stickers, punches and the satisfaction you get when a page is done and you slide on a page protector that has not one fingerprint smudge on it.
Or, are you like me (until recently), resigned to thinking that it’s too much so why even try? Maybe you need a Picfolio, too. Well, before we both give up here’s another verse I read about the One who gives us memories to keep!
Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD Psalm 102:18