Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Today is National Scrapbooking Day!

Now that all of my pages have homes, I’ve been scrapbooking a lot more, doing like one page per week, but I’m still thinking about this organization thing.

People truly have their own systems for organizing their albums and I haven’t quite found the one that suits me yet. Right now I’m a chronological srapbooker, so the 3 ring binder albums help me so that I can easily move things around but there are other ways to organize albums including:

Library of Memories – In this system, rather than organizing by chronology, you organize by category. There basically 4 categories: All About Us, People We Love, Places We Go and Things We Do, and you choose 4 different colored albums to represent each category. This eliminates the feeling of needing to “catch up” and you just scrapbook and put the layouts in the appropriate album, once they fill up you buy new ones. You can still post dates on the album if you choose. Click here for more information about that: http://meadowwalk.blogspot.com/2008/08/library-of-memories-scrapbooking.html

Digital Scrapbooking – A lot of folks with kids have moved to digital scrapbooking so that it is easier to duplicate pages. While I’m not CRAZY about this trend, because I truly enjoy the tactile experience of putting together a scrapbook (hey I’m the analog girl), I do understand how making digital scrapbooks saves time and energy and ensures that all kids have the same product. Here is an example of all digital scrapbooking: http://danelle-johnson.com/danelleblog/?p=759. I love this idea for people who have multiple kids. The only thing that I don’t like about this system is that it focuses so much on the photos and less on the actual memories (the stories, the reflections, the thoughts).

You can read more about a hybrid digital system here: http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/2009/09/organizing-scrapbook-albums-an-update.html

And Ali also has a full series of articles on organizing albums here: http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/adventures-in-organizing-.html

Right now, I’m an all chronological scrapbooker with little to no digital scrapbooking. My plan is that when I have a child, to make a series of scrapbooks for him/her in addition to the regular family scrapbook. I will write notes to him/her, and collet all of the memories for him/her. I will give the book(s) to him/her on a special occassion (either High School or College Graduation).

I don’t know if I’ll ever switch from Chronological to another system. For me the chronological scrapbook is evidence that I’ve lived and I like to look at things from a historical perspective rather than a thematic one. In order to celebrate national scrapbooking day, I’m on my way to Archiver’s. Seriously, I LOVE that place!

Both photos are from Becky Higgins! Check out her dope blog: http://www.beckyhiggins.com/

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