When I was younger, I used to regularly print out photos that I’d pop on a pinboard in my room, but it’s become a rare thing since I’ve had a blog and become a heavy social media user. In a digital age, it seems that more and more of our memories live online – albums of Facebook pictures, Instagram shots and blog posts that slowly get hidden further and further in history. Which is fine – I love being in a digital age and sharing with others. But sometimes, it’s lovely to have something tangible to relive those memories with – something just for you, a place to showcase your favourite images and souvenirs from trips, adventures or just day to day life.
I’d actually been thinking about putting my best memories into a more tangible and visual, creative place, which is why I decided that scrapbooking would be a fun hobby to get involved in. I’ve been super inspired by Rachael‘s amazing scrapbooking posts, so on her advice I picked up a super-cheap plain scrapbook from Hobbycraft. I also grabbed some sticky lettering, Project Life cards and a few sheets of Paperchase wrapping paper, and printed out some photos on Snapfish. My scrapbook starts from May this year, as around that time I started picking up bits and pieces with the intention of starting one – but it’s only now I’ve got around to actually putting it together! The first page features a wedding I went to earlier this year, and the bulk of the following pages will be dedicated to my holiday. I’ve done a couple from that already, but I have so many more photo and bits and pieces, there’ll probably end up being about 10-12 pages in the end!
I’m really happy with how my first pages have turned out and really loving scrapbooking – I find it to be a great way of chilling out as well as a fun hobby that doesn’t cost the earth. Having something I can flick through and look back on at great times, and even show to my far in the future children and grandchildren is also a really wonderful thing. Being able to share happy times and experiences with others online is a wonderful thing and something I’m not planning on stopping any time soon, but putting together my scrapbook has been a wonderful way of reconnecting with my creative side in a different way.
How do you store your favourite photos and mementos?