I scrap .
My sisters grandmother ( her fathers mother) passed away recently and it was pretty sudden. Everyone is so heartbroken still, as can be expected. Well, my sisters Aunt gave her a journal that her grandmother kept when her and her husband first fell in love. It has letters to her husband ( then boyfriend) telling him how much she loved him. It has doodles and drawings and all kinds of other wonderful things in it. My sister is loving going through that and finding all of those notes.
I journaled for many years before I started scrapbooking. I stopped when I started my scrapbooks because I filled the need to journal through the scrapping. I sometimes feel like a few people in my family do not understand why I would want to spend so much time and money on my hobby. I do it because I enjoy the artsy-craftiness of it, but the reaction my sister is having over that journal is the number one reason I do this! One day my kids and grandkids and hopefully great grands too will love going through those books. They are going to treasure the journaling and the special hidden notes that I have put in the backs of the pages and under the pictures. I would love to come across something like that from one of my family members!
Anyway, I just thought I would share and maybe remind everyone of why this hobby isn't just a time filler or a way to spend money, like some of our family/friends may think! It is really making special gifts for the future too! I am just so happy that my sisters Aunt gave her that book!
that is really awesome that she kept that journal all this time! i dont have any baby pictures except a few or anything from my birth or childhood, and i hate it. that is why i scrap. for my kids. and i also have everything of theirs from the hospital. i too hope that one day they enjoy my scrapping as much as your sister enjoys that journal! that is really an amazing story.
Yes! How awesome that you got to see first hand how important what you are doing will one day be to someone else. Great story!
Married to my best friend 10-16-1993
DS #1 08-16-1999
I totally agree with you 500%.... I love looking through things from family members. My great great aunt was big into keeping a journal and it's great too look back through it.
It's wonderful that you are doing all of that for your kids.
That is really awesome and I'm so happy you shared that with us. It brings to light again to me the importance of scrapbooking. I can't think of one time that I did a page and didn't think of my boys. It's the REASON I scrap.
Kayson 10-9-06 & Cohen 02-08-10
that's so neat that your sister has that treasured gift. and I appreciate your reminder.
and so I'll tell you MY story about my kid. we went for a walk last night (just me and the four kids) and I brought my camera. Andrew didn't want me to take his picture, and made me promise I'd delete the pictures I took of him (which I did do because I want him to WANT me to take his pictures). But I told him that when he's all grown up, he'll appreciate that I captured his life this way. Right now he doesn't get it at all and he doesn't care. He also hates it when I spend time scrapbooking instead of time with him (and you know that I've barely scrapbooked this summer - it will have to wait until the kids are back in school because they really don't let me get anything done). Anyhow, while I totally get the reasons to scrapbook (and journal), my kids just don't get it. At least, not the oldest. The girls LOVE to look at the scrapbooks and see the stories I've already told.
I get a lot more done now that my husband is on nights. He is gone from 4 pm until 4 am, so as soon as the kids are in bed I scrap or at least try to scrap. I have a lot of trouble balancing scrapping and reading. I need a few more hours a day. lol