This is the fifth in a series: Memory Keeping 101. Find the rest of the series here.
My journey as a scrapbooking consultant and photo organizer began around 1997. I was a consultant with a company called Scrapbook Buzz for a few years. I taught classes and attended a lot of vendor events. I worked on scrapbooks outside of classes but wasn’t able to complete a lot of albums.
In 2004 I became a Creative Memories consultant. Over the next ten years I continued to teach classes. I organized crops and held them at my house. Most of my personal scrapbooking was done in bits and pieces or at weekend events that I attended. I worked on current photos but wasn’t caught up on all the previous years of photos. I worked on the kids albums as they each prepared for graduation. I would get frustrated with photos of family events because I felt like had to make multiple layouts for each of the kids albums. The kids each have sports and school albums plus they had albums with family events.
A little side note for those of you who are just starting your Memory Keeping adventure. I LIKE to scrapbook, I like the process and creativity, BUT not everyone does. If you do not, don’t give up! This is just the road that brought me to this point.
I did complete more of albums (some still need journaling.) At the rate I was completing albums it would take forever to catch up on past photos let alone stay current. I would much rather make memories with my family than scrapbook alone for hours.
In 2004 I purchased my first digital camera and the pictures started flooding into my hard drive.
This added a whole new realm of photos to my memory keeping to do list. I made a few digital albums, mostly as gifts. They are beautiful and much easier but I missed the hands on with physical photos. I also didn’t enjoy being on the computer in my leisure time. Digital albums did help with current photos but again I had years or previous photos.
I now have teenagers and adult children who take photos on their phones, tablets and IPODS. I want to make sure that all the photos they are taking are also preserved.
I have friends who take lots of photos but are not “scrapbookers.” I wanted to help them find a system that would work for them. I hear many different reasons why people don’t”scrapbook” . . . they aren’t creative, they don’t have time, it’s too expensive or they don’t have room .They do all take pictures! I wanted to find a way to take away these excuses and show them how they could preserve their families’ memories in a manageable, affordable and attractive way.
Over the past three years I have researched, taken online classes and tested many products. As a consultant and photo organizer, I have found a system that is affordable, manageable and still allows some creativity. It works for me. I am able to work in blocks of time to manage my photos and I am able to complete beautiful albums quickly. I can complete my albums at my dining room table with one small photo box and an album while my family is right there with me.
I hope the history of memory preservation and my story have motivated you to begin your journey.