Goodbyes will always be hard. Goodbyes in the midst of a global pandemic that has the world turned upside down are especially hard. Recently, my parents made a big cross-country move, leaving the Northern Virginia area and making their way back to Texas. I decided to work through a little of the sadness of them leaving by documenting a picture of our goodbye.
I’ll be honest, when it comes to scrapbooking layouts recently, I have been really discouraged. I check out other scrapbooking pictures on Instagram or Pinterest, and I just know mine are nowhere near those pictures. Plus, there are times that I go so long between documenting pages that I really kind of lose my mojo. It would be easy enough to just let these memory keeping projects go by the wayside, but it is important to me to get these stories documented.
Instead of letting myself be discouraged, I try to stick to simple layouts. I choose to purchase high quality supplies that are all coordinated together. I let myself have fun and just play with the supplies. Are there some rules to follow? Of course! But, I try not to stress. It is supposed to be fun! I attempt to balance elements on my page, give the eye a direction to follow, and coordinate colors, but in the end, I am going to plop things on that page that I love. Sometimes, we can really get into our own heads and make crafting harder than it needs to be. It’s fun, it’s a release…enjoy the simple process of putting pieces of paper together!
Keep it creative,
-The Scrappy Wife
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2 thoughts on ““Summer Goodbyes” Memory Keeping Process”
Elisa, I love your style and ideas. How would you approach years and years worth of pictures and memories to document? In trying to decide on the perfect style or type, I don’t make any progress. Help!
I would actually start at the present and work backward! And maybe just keep it super simple in small journals or traveler’s notebooks. Most importantly, get those stories documented!