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My greater purpose for scrapbooking would be to soothe my own panic! My baby is turning 1 in 10 days. My bigger babies are 7 and 5. Everyone is growing so fast! Time is going way too fast. I want...no...I need to get some of the little moments scrapped so I can have them, to remember them, when things are no longer the same. I love my girls so much. I really just want to remember...every. little. thing.
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Here are just a FEW of my favorite comments. If you have a minute, read and enjoy!
Comment from Sara:
This is tough...originally, I thought the purpose of scrapbooking was demonstrating what we did in our life, in the order we did it. I still feel the pull to explain what we were doing and when, but now, I think the greater purpose is to explain to my kids who my husband and I were before kids, who we are now because of having kids and what our family cherishes. I want to capture my kids doing the things that matter to them, not just opening gifts or celebrating holidays (things which yes we do, and yes, are fun, but are not "who we are"). I guess I look at it more of an exercise in family identity so someday, we can all look through our scrapbooks and remember what we were like, way back when.
Comment from Aggie:
Ever since I can remember, I have always been at odds and ends with my Mom. It wasn't just because it was a "teenager" thing -- maybe we were so alike yet so different that as a kid, I tended to repel her. Only when I became a mom myself, and communication lines opened, did I understand myself, and my mom. And how much did I learn from hearing her stories. It is as if we have parallel lives. If only things were different when I was young. Now that I have a daughter, who I know is so like me in a way, my heart goes out to her in a way that I can foresee (or am I scared?) that in the future, I will just be a Mom to her and not my friend. Scrapbooking is in a way my solution for that. By recording everything about me, my life, OUR LIVES, her life before she can even remember, I am putting stories in my pages. She will be able to look at them in the future and connect reasons behind the stories. That's my higher purpose why I take time to document the everyday, why I document M-E. Because someday down the road, once my kids go through that stage and would want to stop listening, I won't talk - but my albums will :)
Comment from Aimee:
As a child, I loved the Little House books and Anne Frank. As I always loved reading about other people's lives. I loved skipping to the middle of the book to see the pictures that went with the stories-it made everything more real. Memoirs are still my favorite type of book. As a college student, I was a history major. I loved imagining how people lived, what they were thinking and feeling through different historical events. Scrapbooking incorporates all those things for me. It is our memoir, our pictures, our history book.
Comment from Betsy:
One day I was at a used book sale. I was suppose to be selling but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to cruise to find a title or two. I had just rounded the 2nd corner when I spotted it. It was THE book. I couldn't believe it. The book was called "The 50 states" and I had won it in 2nd grade. Oh I loved that book (I never really won anything so it was special on that account) but the book was cool. Neat snippets of information, cool pictures, stories about states, there were even these "transparencies" that overlaid the photos. OH I was taken back looking at page after page, reliving the reports I did with that book, reliving the games my sister and I played with the maps, reliving the time spent reading the book. I was instantly a child again. I was overwhelmed with the emotions this book brought out in me, I finally paid for my purchase. Walking away I realized why this book was so special to me. There was power in it. It had everything my scrapbooks did, cool pictures, snippets of information, neat stories (and even an embellishment or two (transparencies anyone?) The book transported me to a place of my childhood, a place of the past that I wanted to remember. When people ask me why I scrapbook, I share this story with them that there is an amazing power in my books. Where else can you bring memories back to life?. In a moment I can relive a child's first steps, or once again see Grandma's smile. I can enjoy the joy of a favorite toy or the sorrow of loved one's passing. And being a scrapbooker I have the power to create those books for those I love.
Thanks for sharing with us.