Do you scrapbook? Do you struggle to keep up with documenting what is happening in the lives of your children and family members? This is a real challenge for me, personally, and I don’t know that there is a solution, short of adding more hours to the day. I use the pocket style scrapbook system, but let’s get real and just call it what everyone else does: Project Life. I do a few traditional 12×12″ layouts per year when the inspiration hits me, but 99% of my pictures and memories are documented in 12×12″ Becky Higgins pocket pages.
I began documenting in this way in 2014, when my son was 6 months old. I wanted to capture his memories and the memories of our little family so that I could flip through albums in the future and remember what we were doing and how things changed over the years. I’m so glad that I started documenting our history in this way, as William loves to look through the books and points at the pictures, and doing so always brings back memories that I know I would have otherwise forgotten.
In 2014 I documented weekly, which was very detailed and so awesome to go back and look through, but it was just too much to keep up with. I filled two albums that year, and they are both to capacity! In 2015 I made the switch to documenting monthly, and it is a much better fit for me. I am usually a couple of months behind, and this doesn’t bother me, as I write down the big things that happen on a post-it and keep it on my craft table so I don’t forget. I also go back through my calendars, which usually prompts my memory.
At this point, however, I am working on the month of February, and I am feeling very behind. So much so, that I feel a scrapbook binge coming on so that I can get totally caught up to the month of May, and not stress about it. I worry about forgetting major things that happened, milestones, and the little daily things that make us smile or make my son laugh. These are the memories I want to be able to look back on. I know that the lack of scrapbooking is due to the over-abundance of sewing going on in the craft room right now, so it’s hard to get too upset!