Saturday, May 5, 2007

National Scrapbooking Day

Yep, they do have a day for everything. Today is National Scrapbooking day - a day to finally sit down and actually work on those albumbs you have been putting off for months or even years. So, give your kids or parrotlets to your significant others and head towards your closest scrapbooking store or craft room.

I used to think it was a little silly to dedicate a day to scrapbooking, mostly before I actually started scrapbooking myself, but it actually makes sense. There are some fads out there that have become more than fads and should indeed stay around. Scrapbooking is one of them. And now, more than 30 years after the industry started as a way for large families to keep a family history (yes, mostly Mormon), the industry is booming and incredibly artistic. Yet at its heart the hobby is exactly what it set out to be - a beautiful way to capture moments from a lifetime or two or three and ensure the story of those pictures continues even after the tellers are no longer around.

While I most probably won't be scrapping today, I did attend a National Scrapbooking Day crop Friday night. The crop started at noon, but there was no way I could make it before 6. This year I had a plan. I have been dreaming about an album for my son since before he was born. Its a very specific album capturing his first year, but it isn't the typical album denoting firsts. Don't worry - that album is coming as well, but this one is different. The album is a concept album. Its a 6x6 album (for those who don't scrapbook - that's small) with an artistic cover and a frame set for a picture on the cover. This album wouldn't have traditional journaling, instead I plan to rewrite the words to a song from the musical "Rent" - "Seasons of Love" - to better reflect the first year of a life rather than the last year. My goal for today was to get one picture from each month our son has been alive into the album. My biggest challenge - pick only 8. Yeah - that didn't happen. How can you pass up either the picture of the oldest member of the family holding the youngest member or the picture of a giggling sweet pea on Halloween? Both were in month 2 - how do you pick???

The good news is that I got pictures from Sammy's first 8 months. The bad news is that I got too many of them down so I might have to do more whittling. I guess being a photographer with a photogenic son does have its drawbacks. ;-)

Even if you don't scrapbook, take advantage of the day dedicated to this hobby. Go back through your pictures, get some photo albums and get them out of their shoeboxes. Pictures are meant to be shared just as the stories behind them. I am not saying delve into the hobby - I would never encourage madness - instead, just get the pictures into a nice sleeve album that will keep them safe and let you share them. Hey - if some of them are really good, get them blown up and put them in a frame - Target has some great ones. However you choose to acknowledge the day, cherish the memories the pictures represent. I know I do.

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