Scrapbooking and memory keeping are so important for our mental wellbeing. I have been scrapbooking for years, but have stopped since having kids and even more so since having digital cameras and mostly using my camera phone as my main camera. When I was in grad school for my MSW, I wrote a paper on scrapbooking and older adults and end of life care and their caregivers. I focused a lot on memory keeping and passing on a person’s legacy. Scrapbooking, for that paper, was also about connection with the caregiver as well as mental wellness and stress relief for the caregiver as well as the older adult of the person at the end of life.
For me, scrapbooking is all about maintaining and documenting memories with pictures and words. Pictures are important and making the album creative and pretty are nice, but it’s so important to get those memories and feelings and emotions down too. I like to do things old school and use all my paper, rubber stamps, cutters, and other supplies, but sometimes, as much as it’s not my preference, digital scrapbooking is a way to get things completed without having to do the possibly tedious endeavor of printing pictures, having all the supplies, taking the time to put it all on paper, etc. Personally, I want to take the time to put a page together with paper and accoutrements. I also want to be able to document why these pictures are important and the emotions behind them.
I have taken pictures of projects that I have created. I have pictures of trips. I have pictures of my kids, I have so many pictures that I need to get printed and then document why those pictures are special or why I took them. I need to get these pictures printed and get them into an album. One other thing that scrapbooking can be good for is creating with others. I have a couple of friends that also scrapbook. I need to try to make time to create with them. There are also different scrapbooking retreats that people do as well as pages to follow to get ideas on layouts. Sometimes those layouts are too tedious and expansive for me to recreate, but I get re-energized and creative sparks start to flow when I watch videos or look at layouts or even talk to others about scrapbooking.
How do you document your memories? Are you like me and enjoy being a little creative with your memory making? Are you like my husband who says just keep pictures online and look at them on the computer? Are you like some of my friends that can get crazy with their pages, but love what they do?
My biggest suggestion is to figure out where you are on the spectrum of taking pictures and putting them in an album and make sure that you document those memories. Pictures are amazing and wonderful, but documentation of those memories are extremely important, at least they are to me.