I was recently asked by a fellow scrap booking friend if she should go back and “fix“ or “re-do“ some of her original scrap booking layouts? I told her that was a decision only she could make, but that I believed that my earlier attempts at scrap booking were part of my own creative journey and that the changes I have made to my style on paper showed as much where I am from as the photos on the page.
When I first began putting my memories to paper, my DH and I had just celebrated our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. As a surprise, I booked us at the same hotel in Kissimmee that we stayed at for our honeymoon and even spoke to his boss about having the 5 days off for our trip. Our son was staying with his grandparents while we were away, so this was our chance for a 2nd honeymoon.
When we returned from our magical 5 days visiting WDW, I was invited to a creative memories party. I truly didn’t understand what exactly we would be doing at this party, but I brought my 8-10 photos and was ready for whatever was planned. Of course, since I had just returned from my “Happy Place” my photos were all from my Disney trip. (lets face it; I didn’t bring 8-10 photos, I brought all of them!)
After listening to the sales representative from creative memories talk about archiving our photos and telling our story for future generations, I was hooked. My son was only 2 at the time, but I wanted him to know the story of all of the photos I took of him and of our family. I wanted him to know about my DH and me. I wanted him to know as much as possible about where and when he came from and how much he is loved.
My scrapbook pages then were quite simple. I was new to this type of craft and was concerned about making each page “perfect”! I have since understood that there is no “right” or “wrong” when scrap booking and that I had no reason to be concerned. My pages then were quite different than they are now…lets face it, I began scrap booking 13 years ago and at the time Creative Memories was the only company where I could find tools and supplies for my new habit. Now there are so many more options available and I use some of everything. My pages are my journey through life, and my albums reflect my moods, my trends and tell my story. I wouldn’t change any of them for anything!
Contributed by: Marybeth Caliciuri (NDM#6) Marybeth is the DDL Scrapbooking Blogger.