What is the thing you love the most about scrapbooking?
Me? It's a toss up between the photos and the stories. Probably, the stories would win out in a head-to-head contest, but really, it's hard to say that with 100% conviction.
I was cleaning out the basement over the weekend, and I came across this lovely:
My very first SLR camera. Sigh. Hello, Minolta SRT200. I missed you.
This wasn't my first camera. My parents gave me a Kodak Instamatic when I was 9 or so, and I took MANY an out-of-focus macro shot of my extensive pet rock collection. But for my 15th birthday, they gave me the lovely thing you see above, thereby further cementing my life long love of taking pictures.
Not that the love of taking pictures makes me unique, nor did it automatically predispose me to become a scrapbooker. It helped, but it certainly didn't mandate the transformation, you know? A lot of people take a lot of pictures, and don't become scrapbookers. I know. Shocking.
I really did love reading Ali's whole Words+Photos blog posts. Great reminder about the simplicity of using your photos in basic but meaningful ways. Even great design takes a back seat to the core basics of putting words and photos together. Seriously. If you take a photo and tell a story that means something to you, but it looks like shit? Honestly? Who cares!
(I personally would care if it were my page, but remember: I have order issues.)
My sweet friend Stacy had a great idea in her book Simple Scrapbooks, the whole Favorite Photos Album. By now, it's certainly not revolutionary (or maybe it still, in fact, is!) but the idea is such a sound one. Make an album of your favorite photos. How you define its structure can be up to you. I have one of these albums of my all-time faves. But now, I think I just want to make an ongoing album featuring my favorite photo from each month, and the reason why. A simple straightforward celebration of pictures and stories I love that emerge from the photo first.
I opened iPhoto and combed through the 301 shots I took in the month of April, to see which shot would stand out as the favorite. Now, it could be for any number of reasons: meaning, humor, overall artistic quality. I have to say, I was heavily favoring this one:
But I already used that on a layout, thereby sort of rendering it to the DQ list.
So I picked this one, on the merits of artistic integrity:
I dig it. Pasty white arms and all.
Note to self: find cute album, get started.