Scrapbooking is to me as sewing is to Angie.
A healthy obsession. 🙂
When I had my son, Elias, two years ago, scrapbooking took on a whole new meaning.
Suddenly, I felt responsible for telling HIS story. After all, he was too young to do it – or even remember it.
I found myself writing notes about his day on a calendar hanging in his room.
I took pictures of all the little moments – snuggles, diaper changes, playtime, etc.
I have worked full-time since Elias was six-weeks-old, so my scrapbooking style was simple, but incredibly meaningful. I created pages like these:
It was all about photos+words.
Soon people began asking me how I was able to juggle full-time work, motherhood, marriage, church, etc. and still find time to scrapbook.
“You make time for what is important to you,” I replied.
But their questions got me thinking. I began praying for a way to help other moms discover my method for fitting scrapbooking in the midst of a busy schedule.
Soon, I developed an idea for an online scrapbooking class called Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Child’s First Year, and I emailed a proposal to Big Picture Scrapbooking, the internet’s largest online scrapbooking class site.
I didn’t really think they would say yes. Afterall, I’m not a famous scrapbooker – just a scrapbooking mom, who loves putting photos and words together on pretty paper.
But they loved the idea and Don’t Blink was born! The class is self-paced and includes helpful hints, an audio file from me and dozens of layouts for inspiration. It is accessible online and there whenever moms can squeeze in a few minutes.
With Charlotte’s birth, I have once again been reminded of the gift of scrapbooking newborns.
Her birth story.
Her little hands and feet.
I couldn’t help but make a layout with the photos I took after Charlotte was born.
While I know I will never forget being there, this scrapbook page will last longer than me. 🙂 I hope someday it is something Charlotte will treasure.
Do you scrapbook or journal to chronicle your kid’s stories? What are your favorite memories you have captured? I’d love to read them in the comments! And, if you have any questions about my BPS class, I’ll do my best to answer them.
To enroll in Jessica’s Big Picture Scrapbooking class, Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Child’s First Year, click here. While I will probably never be a scrapbooker, I love, love, love what Jessica shares in the class- and all the layouts are simple and amazing. They are also offering a coupon for 20% off – just use the code blogblink at the check-out. (expires 12/20/2010 and is not good on any other classes)