Seems like I am pretty good about organizing my scrapbook room every few months but for some reason I am not good at keeping my layouts organized and in albums.....
I just keep adding to the stacks.... stacks of layouts in the bookcase, stacks of layouts on top of the cabinets, stacks of layouts in the closet.... there are stacks of layouts everywhere in here!
A few months back I even ordered a bunch of these albums from American Crafts. A different color for each child and then brown for all the layouts that have more than one kid or are more family oriented. But I put the albums up and never got around to putting layouts in them!
Then, for some reason this morning I decided that these layouts deserve a better home and that today is the day! Now my kitchen table looks like this and soon they will all be where they belong.
I have to say that it has been fun looking through all of these pages as I have sorted them.... lots of favorites among these stacks - favorite photos, favorite stories, and then some favorites as far as design/technique/etc. Looking back through all of these also solidified that I LOVE what I do! I really truly love this art of scrapbooking and it is amazing how satisfying and fulfilling it is to look back at all of the memories, thoughts and feelings I have recorded. It not only makes me grateful that I have all of these meaningful stories and photos recorded but it also makes the creative side of me happy and inspires me to keep creating and playing and doing this.
My husband sometimes tries to convince me that the digital age will take over paper scrapbooking and that all of this may one day be obsolete and I steadfastly insist that he is wrong! I do embrace and welcome the digital side of scrapbooking and often use those types of elements in a more hybrid sort of way but I will ALWAYS love paper scrapbooking! And I believe that there will also always be others that find joy in the shuffling of papers, the pleating of ribbons, the actual handiwork that goes into it and the tangible art of creating with physical textures and mediums.....
So, yes, in case you were wondering I still love scrapbooking! Even after all these years! Now, I need to get back to the task of putting all these layouts into their albums! :)
P.S. In my recent attempts at organizing in here I have some stacks of really great products (some new and some older) to GIVE AWAY! Interested? Just leave a comment here telling me what you love about scrapbooking (whether you are paper or digital... anything goes) and I will draw a winner at random later this week! Fun!!