This is the first month of my year-long project wherein I simply finished living the month and then sat down for an hour and scrapbooked it. That’s because I hadn’t even started documenting my year in this format until June and it turns out, it actually works like a charm. And I would like to say for the record that I loved August.
Number of photos taken in August: 1,011 (Note: yes, there was an ultimate frisbee tournament and I tend to shoot like a fiend.)
Number of photos used on these pages: 26.
Note: I did blur out some faces of Cole’s teammates as well as names on Dan’s 5th grade classroom door for privacy.
I may have taken over a thousand photos for Cole’s summer tournament but for this project, a few shots will totally suffice. I have a separate little album (you can download the template for free!) that I’ve made for Cole to cover his tourneys. I also have a cool ultimate layout coming in the next issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today that I’ll be sharing here in a few weeks. Oh, and yes, I did post about my new Instant Pot. So far, so good! Thanks to all of you for sharing all your tips and links!
This format forces me to be brief. It forces me to be succinct. I like the limits it gives me. For example, the photo in the upper left of Aidan…she was sleeping on the floor of my room on hot nights this summer because I have an air conditioner unit in the window. Yes, we have central air. No, on hot days, it just doesn’t offer much relief in the upstairs of our house. We had fun this summer with her on the floor, reading Harry Potter for the 5th or 6th time, and just being in each other’s presence. You have no idea how grateful I am for time spent with this young woman. Should I have written all this down? Well, I just did here. Hopefully, the photo will spark the memory. If not, we’ll always have this blog as long as I pay for it.
What I most want from this project is a snap shot of who we were, what we did and how we related to the world around us. And I want truth. I want an accurate picture of our lives. That is the goal with this approach.
I still get to flesh out other stories and make stand alone pages if that is what’s needed.
It’s reminding me how much I love to save photos and words.
If you missed the rest of 2016, here’s the catch up:
JOIN ME AND MAKE YOUR OWN RECORD OF LIFE! Scrapbook Your Year is my newest online workshop that is helping women let go of the mucky muck that can bog down a year-long memory keeping project. Learn how setting limits can free you up to share your photos and stories and actually get pages done! To learn more, click on the image below.
CLASSROOM NOTE: I added 8.5 x 11 templates to the classroom! Granted, the videos are all recorded using 12 x 12 templates, but you can still adapt your approach using the new templates offered in this size.