It has been almost 3 months since my last scrapbook-related post, so I thought it would be a good time to update you all with my progress! As you can see above, I’m still going! I’m OBSESSED! (In a good way)
Back in May, I had just finished 2014 photos. Since then, I’ve been working on current-day scrapbooks, keeping them updated with what’s happening right now. In my older albums, I picked the “top memories” of the year to record, since my focus entailed just the best memories.
With my current-day albums, I have time to focus on more minute details and smaller stories that would get lost in a larger context. Like my mom’s dog who embodies stress in her little dog-form. I’ve also tried to upgrade my style a little bit, like in this layout:
This one took a long time to create, and it went against my main philosophy of not scrapbooking the obvious photos, but it was a nice effort.
This week, I’m going back in time, and scrapbooking more 2020 memories. I took apart my single album and broke it up into 2 albums. I’m filling in more memories starting in January. The nice thing about more recent history (since I’ve had an iPhone, specifically), is that I’ve taken more pictures because the cameras have gotten better and better. From the pictures, I can piece back together the memories. Sometimes, just looking at a photo brings back all the context.
In my photos, I found a few screenshots of the book Sourdough, by Robin Sloan. I read all of my library books in Oregon on my phone, so when I found a good quote, I took a screenshot and circled it. I filled in the page with other Sourdough quotes I found on Goodreads. (I screenshot the spaceship, Hogwarts, and Gary, IN quote) The rest, I definitely remember reading, I loved this book. These printables by Kelly Bangs Creative are so cute here.
I won’t do this with all the books I read. However, my old self would be tempted to create an entirely new album made up of just books, quotes, reviews. I did that once, and I only got as far as the cover. haha! One of my new motos is: be nice to your future self. Future Cristin would not want to keep up this arbitrary album. Future Cristin wants the freedom of the structure she’s already set up.
I definitely like to look back and remember what I was watching, reading, listening to. I wish I knew what I was reading in 2014! And, that’s not very long ago. Or what movie I went to see at the theater, back when I went to movie theaters. If you’re not sure if you should scrapbook it, I say default is yes. Also, I ask myself: would I want to see a page like this from 1915 from my great-grandma? Always, yes.
Back to the title of this post…Creative Detours. My scrapbooking this year has been unexpected. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised since I used to love scrapbooking before I found bible journaling. For the previous 6 years, I’ve been bible journaling. With that medium, I re-awakened my spiritual life, and uncovered my creative calling. Last year, I started feeling a pull to set down my creative team responsibilities and take a new path. Before I was even done with my December responsibilities on the team, I was scrapbooking again, and I’ve called it a detour. But, I’ve been scrapbooking (again) now for 9 months solid, nonstop, and I think my detour has turned into a new path. And I love it.