It has been in a plastic bag, in my closet for 16 years since we built our house in 1997.
Every once in a while, I've taken it out and glanced through it but when I came across it again, I realized I had never looked carefully at it since I've called myself a scrapbooker (2001).
If I had truly looked at it, I would have realized that I've been a scrapbooker since 1983!
Not only did I paste memorabilia into this album all through the 80's, but I even took out my Mom's typewriter and typed little strips of journaling!
It's like I had never noticed the journaling until now. Strange how we can see things and not really see them.
Just saying that out loud makes me want to take a deep breath but it IS going to be my next project.
First up, I need to get the memorabilia out of this album and into a safe environment.
I have random photos from the same timeframe (1983-1989) and never really knew how to tell the story of the photos.
How do you tell the story of your teen years with a handful of photos from a bad camera?
Putting them together with the memorabilia will tell a more complete story and spark my memory for details.
Photos + memorabilia = memories carefully preserved. Yay!
Here's my 80's scrapbook - complete with very acidic construction paper pages!
I think I do have some pictures from around that time, at Disney World. Horrible quality.
But I honestly had no memory of being there on my birthday. I so wish I could remember that.
I considered something like Project Life, in divided pockets but really, I'm already doing Project Life so I didn't want to start another version.
I've always loved Smash books and own two that I've never filled.
I saw a large Smash book at Michaels and decided it was the perfect vehicle for my 80's years.
It's called Smash Pocket Pages and only comes in one color - purple.
I always like to see inside books like this so I thought I'd share what the inside looks like...
This "la-de-da" part cracks me up.
Isn't it DELIGHTFUL??????
I love the mix of patterns and the pages all seem pretty easy to work with (except that page with the huge scissors because I have a fear of scissors after seeing the movie, "Dead Again" and I will be covering that with another paper!).
If you've made it this far into this blog post, first, bless you, second, I have a question for you!
How would you organize this project?
The organized part of me says do it a few pages at a time....
By year? I thought of doing monthly tabs with 1983, 1984, etc.
By season? All school memorabilia and photos together? All summer camp together? All vacation items together?
The designer in me says those pages are so randomly placed in the album that it might be hard to work with and maybe I should consider a different type of album.
But just a big 12x12 album sure won't be as fun when it's completed.
What about the fact that one spread has travel themed paper. Seems like I should use that to document Disney World but if I do it by year, I can't!
If I could take the Smash book apart and move the pages around - I could make it work better.
But I already attempted that with one of my Smash books and the result was disastrous!!
I will not be doing that on this $20 album.
Part of me doesn't even want to put those boring goal charts in here and the other part of me thinks that's why I bought this!
As I'm writing this - I am thinking maybe I will scan those and put them all in one section.
I'm stumped! Please help!
I really want to start this soon. If I organize it by year, it makes the most sense to me and I guess I need to accept that this is going to be a hodge-podge of memories, grouped according to what I have on hand, not how life really happened.
I have a horrible memory (long story but it's freaky how little I remember of my life) and my sister can help me fill in some details but should I try to truly tell my story or just tell the stories that relate to the memorabilia and pics I have?
I'm wondering if it will even all fit into this album!
I have some important life memories represented here and some frivolous ones....