I used to scrapbook, like a lot, but I stopped. I think the drawing and the painting I've been doing has fulfilled my arranging and design needs so that I haven't really missed scrapbooking. I also got tired of all the scrapbooking supplies. They cluttered my home and they cluttered the pages. When I went back to look at scrapbook pages, pieces always fell off. The old pages seemed so dated by the scrapbooking supplies.
I do miss it though. I miss the documentation, the recording of our story to help me and the kids remember later. I miss flipping back through old books and recalling things we've forgotten. I think maybe social media has overtaken scrapbooking for many people. You can just look back through old posts and it becomes a scrapbook but I kinda miss being able to pick up a book and flip through the memories.
Originally this life through my lens series was just is a weekly post of photos and a way for me to continue to improve my photography skills. Lately I've been thinking of how I can do more with this series. I'm not wanting to go back to scrapbooking but instead I'd like to do some sort of "minimal memory keeping."
I'm not sure what that will look like but here's two ideas from others that I might want to try or build upon...
Elise's E and e project...I love this simplicity of this and of course the way everything is photographed on a white background.
Liz of Paislee Press moleskine photo book...I like the simplicity of this one and I'm a sucker for Moleskines.
So we'll see what comes of this over the next week or so. This past week, I tried to pick up my real camera more often. As much as I love my iPhone and it's camera, the photos just don't compare.
She's totally into catching lightning bugs. Our evening walks take twice as long now as she has to stop to catch them along the way.
We've never really done fireworks before. They were too loud and the kids just weren't interested. This year we convinced them to try some of the smaller ones and they had a blast. They loved the snap dragons, champagne poppers, smoke bombs, and sparklers. It was $5 well spent.
I'm linking up with the 52 project which is another great example of "minimal memory keeping," just take a portrait each week and put them into a photo book at the end of the year.