Thursday, September 27, 2018

Think Outside the Scrapbooking Box

Pictures and memories are some of the most precious things we have.  Unfortunately, many people think that preserving them requires "scrapbooking."  Our modern-day definition of scrapbooking entails a lot of supplies, a lot of space, and a lot of time.

But think about it--it doesn't make a lot of sense that something EVERYONE needs is something doable (or enjoyable) by a very few.  

There are actually a lot of reasons that we need our pictures and memories.  They include:
  • lower stress
  • lower depression and anxiety (especially among teenagers)
  • healing benefits (as from grief)
  • coping benefits 
  • increased happiness
  • increased self-esteem (especially among kids)
  • increased sense of belonging
  • increased perspective
  • increased sense of gratitude
  • increased connections among family members
So let's think outside the scrapbooking box!!

There are lots of other ways to preserve photos and memories!!  Nobody should ever feel like they can't do anything with their photos and memories because they aren't a "scrapbooker."

Today I bring you FOUR articles I've written showing four different approaches and styles to preserving photos and memories and telling your own story.  Each of these articles includes a list called "you might like this option if..."  So explore each one at the links below until you find a solution that works for you.  There are easy, simple, creative, digital, and paper options.  There's really something for everyone.  Which one will be YOUR solution for your memory-keeping?
  • {Digital Scrap Pages} (my personal favorite--it's what I use, so this post actually includes a video tutorial so you'll see how fast digital scrap pages can be)
  • {Easy Pocket Pages and Kits} (this is totally what I would do if I didn't love digital so much and I already had pictures printed)
  • {Digital Storybooking} (Combine this post with my Family Yearbook video tutorial and plan, and you've got a really simple way to easily preserve your pictures.)
  • {Traditional Paper Scrapbooking}  (Even if you're not a paper scrapbooker, this fun post gives some very interesting information about the history of scrapbooking!  It's a lot older than you probably think.  If you ARE a paper scrapbooker, or want to be, you'll enjoy seeing some fun new tools!)

You can see more memory-keeping options at this video.  It's so important to find something you will love doing (and, therefore, DO)!  And it's vital to find high-quality ways to do it!  These are some of my favorite:

As a bonus, I'll share one more article (and ebook) with you:  {What Your Pictures Have to do with Self-Care}.  It can help motivate you to turn your good intentions into something you can hold!  There's no time like right now.

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Pam Richardson said...

Thank you Jennifer for sharing. I love all of my pictures and I must get started preserving them. Happy autumn!

Jennifer Wise, Heritage Makers Consultant said...

Thanks for stopping by, Pam! I hope some of the tips are helpful. There's nothing like preserving photos and memories because it's good for the heart and soul WHILE you do it AND for years and years to come. :) Happy autumn to you, too. :)

Jann Olson said...

I agree, pictures are very important! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Jennifer Wise, Heritage Makers Consultant said...

Thanks, Jann.