So, you are just starting out on your scrapbooking journey and you have piles and piles of photos. You have your whole life in photos and you have no idea where to start and you ask yourself “do I start at the beginning?” Well you are not going to love my answer… You can if you want.
There are no rules to scrapbooking. There is no scrapbooking police force that will burst through your door if you scrapbook in chronological order and likewise there are no laws being broken if you decide not to scrapbook chronologically.
I can tell you what works for me and then I leave it to you to find what works best for you. I’ve been taking pictures since I was a little kid, I always had a camera around my neck so if I tried to go back in time and scrapbook from the early days to today I would get so overwhelmed and bogged down I would lose interest – how do I know I’ll lose interest? Because I tried it! When I started scrapbooking I went back in time and thought I had to start there. I didn’t start all the way at the beginning but I did start with several years prior. I scrapbooked one vacation, then whatever big event came next. That was the other rut I was stuck in scrapbooking only the big events; vacations, birthdays, holidays. I did this for a while, creating pages that served their purpose and then you know what happened? I would get to that next stack of “have to scrap” photos and I would feel indifferent towards them. I was losing interest, I wasn’t feeling inspired and for months and months I stopped scrapbooking all together.
Finally and to be honest I don’t remember how – I snapped out of it and I started scrapbooking whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to scrapbook it! And you know what happened then? FREEDOM! My creativity opened up, I found my style and I fell in love with scrapbooking – really fell in love with it!
Now I’m certainly not going to tell you how to scrapbook – that is up to you. But I will tell you – let go of the rules, throw away the preconceived notions of what you have to scrapbook. These are your stories, your photos, your memories – only you can decide how and when they are told. When you let yourself off the hook you will open the door to creativity I can promise you that!
How do you scrapbook? I would love to hear if you go the chronological route or the whatever inspires you route. Tell me by leaving a comment below!