12 New Things Challenge. I'm amazed at the simple process of posting the list here on the blog has given me the accountability to actually complete/start new projects that have been back burner for years.
November's goal was to learn to digital scrapbook. At one time I loved to scrapbook. I loved recalling memories and recording the past. My first two children have several albums which they enjoy looking through. Scrapbooking was a creative release and something that I could complete that stayed done (unlike cooking, cleaning and laundry!)
But the last three years, something happened. I don't know if it was more children, or lack of long nap times, or beginning homeschooling or a combination of everything. But I quit scrapbooking. The effort to get everything out for a few minutes, then put it all away when I was interrupted was just not worth it. In an odd way, blogging took the place of scrapbooking as my creative outlet.
But I still wanted to have a place to record memories of my children. I wanted my younger children to have at least a baby album of their own. It saddened me to think of all the memories that I won't ever recall since I haven't been journaling in their scrapbooks.
My sister-in-law, Sonya has been encouraging me to try digital scrapbooking. I thought I would hate it. I'm a hands-on tactile person. Digital scrapbooks appears "flat" to me. I like manipulating paper, ribbons, and photos. I consider myself computer challenged. I want to cut back, not increase, my screen time.
Yes, I had the list. But Sonya was persistent that I should at least try it out.
So, about the last day of November (I don't procrastinate or anything) Sonya came over and gave me a crash course to get me started. I looked into several digital scrapbooking programs but in the end, chose Foto Fusion from Luma Pix since that is what Sonya used.
I was utterly shocked to find that I LOVE digital scrapbooking. The program was so easy to learn and includes great tutorials. In the time it would take me to clear my desk to start scrapping, I could nearly have a page pulled together. I love how easy it is to crop and enlarge photos and even correct some coloring. So far I have just done our vacation photos and some of our fun family events of the year but I'm excited about actually getting back to my children's albums soon.
Digital scrapbooking isn't totally like the "real thing". But for my stage of life, I think this works much better. I love that I can work on it for ten minutes then hit "save" when a child needs assistance. Since my children are far more important than my children's scrapbooks, this works for me. Thanks, Sonya!
I'd love to hear any tips and thoughts on scrapbooking from the rest of you moms.