Sunday, April 19, 2009

Why Scrapbook?...Why Journal?...And Techniques for Doing Them!

My mom has recently shown an interest in beginning to scrapbook with me. I can't tell you how EXCITED this makes me!!!!! Not only would she be good at it (I get my eye for color and placement from her), but I have always wanted to see her pictures from BK (before kids) her and my dad's wedding! But not only that...she led such an interesting life, and I've only heard stories. She was the drummer in a rock band in college and traveled around the country; she was a magician's assistant for many years and had a regular show at Knott's Berry Farm, plus traveled. She may not have a lot of pictures from these experiences, but she can still tell the story. One picture or one piece of memorabilia is all it takes!

I don't remember how old I was when I started asking her about their wedding, and when she and dad were first married, but I remember I did. She told me it was a small wedding and the pictures were put away. She got out a couple at one point, but I STILL would LOVE to see all of her wedding pictures...and pictures of her and my dad BK :)

I think it would be so cool to see what your mom and dad's lives were like before you came see that they weren't always just your MOM and DAD. I would have loved to see a scrapbook of my grandparents' lives...and their parents' lives. My grandma (my mom's mom) started a scrapbook before she passed away, but it never got finished. I started to work on it, but I had to keep asking my mom who people were and what some pictures were from. I still have it sitting in a box, unfinished, hoping my mom can help me with it someday.

Journaling in your Scrapbook

I love that scrapbooking tells a story...that's why journaling is so important! I wanna see my mom's whole story...I wanna see the pictures to go along with the stories I've heard over the years...and I want the stories to be retold so I never forget them!!! Oh man, I'm starting to get emotional :)

I didn't always journal. I thought it ruined my page to have something handwritten on it. But when I started forgetting the story behind some of my older scrapbook pages, I realized how important it is. Plus, with computers so readily available nowadays, you can type your journal spots. (I've since gotten over the fact that my handwriting ruins a I design my journal spot into the layout!) But not only is journaling important for YOU, but someday you will not be around and your grandkids will still know what happened in all your pictures! And they will be able to read funny little stories to go along with them. Regular photo albums are just pictures, but scrapbooking also adds your personality into it.

Put YOU Into Your Artwork

Don't forget to take pictures of yourself

When I have kids, I want them to see that I'm not just their MOM, I was once like them! As a scrapbooker, it's easy for me to make sure I take plenty of pictures to document a vacation or event, but it's also easy for me to forget to make sure I'm IN some pictures! You want to be sure you are telling YOUR story as well as your family's story.

Scrapbooking subjects

Scrapbooking your family vacation to Hawaii or your son's graduation will never go out of style. But you can also tell a lot about yourself in unconventional ways. Mix some layouts in your scrapbook that focus on one subject. Maybe you have a thing for purses or, like me, SHOES. Take pictures of your favorite purses and shoes and make a layout of them. Explain how each represents you or how you wore them to death. Or take a picture of each room in your house. Explain what each room's purpose is, which you spend the most time in, why you decorated it the way you did. The options are endless!

I PROMISE if your kids (well, daughters) are anything like I was growing up (and still am), they will eat this stuff up. Especially if you begin scrapbooking before you have day they will see that you were just like them.

Purposeful scrapbooking

Another way to make sure YOU are in your artwork is purposeful scrapbooking. Make a layout of something difficult you went through, maybe a loss, or struggling with an illness. Or make a layout of something very the adoption of a child. Focus on one single experience rather than trying to tackle your whole life. Purposeful scrapbooking isn't necessarily just pictures. Add a picture or two, but add lots of journaling. What were you thinking, feeling, experiencing? How did this experience make you grow, how did it make those around you feel, what was your weakest or highest point? It's all about honesty.

Art + Feelings = The Big Picture. Become part of the layout so your voice is heard. It doesn't have to be about sad things that can be about happy things...but our lives are not always honky-dorey. We all go through rough patches...let's document those as well. It will help your kids and grandkids to understand the circumstances that shaped who you are today.

Here's to YOUR scrapbook!


slvrlinin said...

Jayma, saw your post on the CTMH BB a few days ago and stopped by. I love your blog and your artwork! Very cute! I like the icons you've used throughout, especially the girls from the SOTM. You have such fun ideas! I look forward to stopping back and have bookmarked you! Trish - slc.ut

Jayma Malme said...

Trish, I'm so glad you found my blog :) I find some of the best blogs by going on the CTMH BB! Don't you love those May SOTM girls?!

I'm jealous that you're in SLC...I really want to move there (and so does my hubby)! Do you have a blog I can check out? You're welcome to scraplift any of my ideas :)