This week we’re talking about scrapbooking our changing holiday traditions…
I don’t want (or need) a scrapbook page to document every Thanksgiving. Do you?
How many Thanksgiving pages do I think we should have?
Enough to tell our Thanksgiving stories.
Right now I have seven, and with just two more that I hope to capture next year, I’ll have all the pages I think I need to have documented all the good stories about my Thanksgivings as a married person of 17 years — at least for now, until new stories develop.
I don’t think we need a scrapbook page for each year. Instead, I focus on the stories and the traditions.
That means most of my pages aren’t specific to any year. They tell stories that usually cover a handful of years, which I think is much more interesting and telling.
To see what I’m talking about, and to hopefully get inspired to recognize and document your own unique stories of Thanksgiving, I made a video — of course. :)
It’s in the Member’s Area.
This is a post from my 7-Day Holiday Photography Tips, which I sometimes gift to Paperclipping Members around the holidays. I wrote this with December holidays in mind, but I decided to share the food tips post for free before Thanksgiving starts!
Note: I’m not an expert photographer. But I’ve had some relative success with many of my photos and want to share what I know at a time when we most want stunning pictures.
Good food photos require basic photography skills: good composition, good (especially natural) lighting, great angles, etc. Food can be tricky, but hopefully you’ve been practicing the two previous lessons and you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve learned in a new way!
Holiday food shots can vary between close-up’s of Christmas goodies, to a plate of food on a table, to the entire banquet. The type you’re taking will determine your photo settings. Let’s talk about different types of food shots and some of the approaches you can take so you can get photos that capture the magic of holiday food. Click here to see more…
- Any of your college class schedules?
- What your days were like when it was just you and your firstborn child?
- The foods you cooked as a newlywed, or how you divided the housework?
- Why you felt so busy at an earlier time that now seems simple compared to
your current life?
These are things I wonder about myself.
I wish I had documented this stuff in the first decade of my marriage.
Some months back I cracked open the journal I wrote in at the time I met Izzy. I was scrapbooking the story of how our relationship began for my Romantic Scrapbooking Course and I wondered if any forgotten details were inside.
Oh boy, there sure were…
I was in an epic dating phase during the week of my second date with Izzy.
(I tended to go on lots of dates over a couple of weeks and then ban dating for the next two weeks, back and forth between these two extremes).
Fortunately, I recorded all of the juicy details in my journal.
- How after my second date with Izzy I was starting to realize how much I liked him.
- And how I hung out with him right up to my third date and right after the fourth date, until I asked the last guy to take me home early so I could go hang out with Izzy instead.
I now have this dating schedule on a layout in my story album about how Izzy and I fell in love.
Thank goodness I recorded it!
But let’s be honest…
As I’ve been talking about scrapbooking our schedules lately, has the idea sounded boring to you?
Do you still think so?
Here’s a comment I got from Cara after my last video about scrapbooking your schedule (part 1)…
“I wasn’t convinced that this was something I would want to do until I watched the video and saw your older schedule layouts, and now I’m definitely going to do this. What a great thing to be able to look back on.”
And that video didn’t even include the juicy dating page. :)
Scrapbook Your Schedule, Part 2 is now available.
If you want some ideas and to see me put together some of these types of pages, you might look into getting a membership. Just click below…
Ten pages and counting from this one topic.
You know how we love to dig into a topic around here at Paperclipping?
Last week I suggested we scrapbook some pages about ourselves and I shared some topics, committing doing a few of them for the next Paperclipping video.
I picked three topics and got to working on the first one:
Document your current schedule.
Well, I ended up digging enough into this one topic that it turned its entire self into two videos, parts one and two.
Maybe the other two topics I picked (a success and a struggle) will come along a few videos from now.
But your schedule…
This is a topic that keeps on giving.
That’s because our day-to-day lives change so much from year to year. You can repeat the exact same topic a dozen times still have unique pages with unique stories.
Our schedules show a breath-taking picture of who we are.
It might not seem like much now.
But as someone who has been documenting my schedule since around 2007, trust me — you will ADORE these pages in a few years.
But there are also all kinds of variations possible on the types of schedules.
Here’s a list of more than ten variations…
- Your regular weekly schedule.
- The schedule of an unusual week.
- The schedule of a day that’s always the same.
- The schedule and events of a day that is unusual.
- The schedule of a favorite indulgence or hobby that you regularly do more than once a week.
- A place or thing you schedule your life around.
- A schedule you’ve created in order to achieve something.
- A schedule of your holiday/vacation.
- A schedule of the outfits you wear (yes, this is neurotic, and yes, I did this in 9th or 10th grade!!!).
- A schedule of meals, of when things bloom in your garden, of your favorite tv shows, etc.
Need design ideas now? I’ve got lots!
We released the Part One of this video to the Member’s Area yesterday.
Stay tuned for Part Two to come in a week or two.