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The Joys of Scrapbooking

How do you preserve your Katy family memories?

When I was a young girl, I remember being very proud of one of my possessions- my scrapbook.  My mother had started a scrapbook for me when I was a baby and had added to it as the years passed.  It wasn’t fancy.  It was simply a compilation of pictures, letters, certificates, and drawings…in essence, all of my good memories.    By the time I went to college, I had three large notebooks filled with my life’s history. During college, I remember flipping through pages of my treasured scrapbooks on many occasions.  The scrapbooks have always seemed to be a powerful reminder of what matters most.  

When I got married, my mother gave me six empty scrapbooks and supplies to start on scrapbooks for my husband and family to be.  My husband jumped aboard the scrapbook wagon.  He began the long process of gathering any and all memorabilia he could find.  It was a treat to walk down his life’s path with him as we compiled his scrapbooks.  With much time and effort, he too had scrapbooks that detailed his life.   

As children entered our home, we began a scrapbook for each of them.  I was happy when digital cameras became the norm because we could design and print scrapbook pages on the computer.  I found it saved time if, for family event pages, I made one and simply made a copy for each family member.   I am not a crafty person, so I have tried to keep the books simple and manageable.  

At the end of the school year, I felt happy as our family gathered in the living room to update the scrapbooks.  I noticed the air of pride that emanated from each of my children as they flipped through pages and memories from the past.   So, no matter how many years have gone by, scrapbooks are always doable…and very well worth the effort! 

How do you preserve family memories?  Please share a comment.