I've been on sort of a Sabbatical the last few weeks, having gone on my ScrapShare retreat in the beautiful mountains of Mentone, Alabama, at Camp Skyline. Four days of rest, mountain air, awesome food by wonderful, local cooks, and fun! It's hard to come home and get down to the business of daily living again, I've been trying to catch up on lots of things, like spring gardening which demands our attention this time of year..
And writing. Tomorrow you can visit Women's Memoirs and read my latest blog post about "A Sense of Self" in scrapbooks and memoir. It goes live at midnight tonight. Please leave a comment, because I love to hear from people who tell me about their own scrapbooking and storytelling.
I didn't complete as many pages at the retreat this time, but that's because I was focused on "creating" more than getting pictures on pages. My Library of Memories class, taught by Stacy Julian at Big Picture Scrapbooking, has certainly changed my views on scrapbooking in a BIG way. No longer do I strive to just be "caught up," because that's not what it's really about. I don't care about strict chronology in my albums anymore. If I want to create a layout about a vacation that came after a birthday party, I can do it.
If I decide that only one photo in a stack will be enough to document an event, I can do that too, knowing that the rest of the stack is still there, sitting in my category drawers for future use if I care to go back to them and use a few for another layout. This is truly Photo Freedom (Simple Scrapbooks), people! I am having more fun scrapbooking than I've ever had, even more than when I first started 11 years ago.
Most scrappers I try to explain this concept to immediately blurt out, "Oh, I could never scrapbook like that," so I guess this is more of a personality issue. I'm just glad it fits my personality, because I could never go back to the old chronological way again, using every bloody picture I take of every event in our lives, always feeling like I'll never catch up. Other personalities don't deal with those issues, and that's okay too. It's all about suiting your own self, what makes you tick. As long as you are thoroughly enjoying what you're doing and creating.
I created a series of layouts for tomorrow's blog post on the Women's Memoirs site about putting "you" in your scrapbooks. A lot of scrappers don't do this in an in-depth way, but I feel it's important to reveal more of yourself for the people you love, and who will look at your albums in the future. I've found when I do this in my albums, share my feelings openly, my family treasures these stories a lot more. If you want to know how I do this, you'll have to go to the blog post tomorrow and read my tutorial. I will share a little here with you, however.