I was recently asked by a fellow scrapbooking friend if she should go back and “fix“ or “re-do“ some of her original scrapbooking layouts? I told her that was a decision only she could make, but that I believed that my earlier attempts at scrapbooking 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 second 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 five days off for our trip. Our son was staying with his grandparents while we were away, so this was our chance for a second honeymoon.
When we returned from our magical five 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 eight to 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 eight to10 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 me and my DH. 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 scrapbooking and that I had no reason to be concerned. My pages then were quite different than they are now…lets face it, I began scrapbooking 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.