• Shannan

What to Scrapbook?


I have some projects that have a narrow focus (like music, food or even Project Life) which makes it easy to know what types of stories to document, but my everyday 5x8 pages are a free-for-all.

I love having new stories, old stories, silly stories, serious stories, long stories, short stories, all in there together. I like working that way and I like the end product - a big book of everything.

One important thing to note - there will always be cross-over with my other projects and I have no problem if a story or photo finds its way into multiple scrapbooks - the more the merrier!

1. CURRENT LIFE PAGES

As a starting point, I like to document the things that are happening right now - good and bad. I look through my current photos and make pages about things I've been interested enough to photograph - a beautiful day at the park, a delicious meal I cooked (even if that will also appear in my food journal), a girls' night out, a story about something the kids have done, a day-in-the-life page about a really good random Saturday. These are our everyday stories.

2. POP CULTURE PAGES

I love having pages about film, TV, songs, books & podcasts in my book. These might also appear in my Project Life or favourite song project but sometimes they need their very own page or sometimes I just like something so much I want it to spend as much time with it as I can.

3. FEELINGS, THOUGHTS & 'ME' PAGES

I use scrapbooking to sort through feelings and moods. I am a journaler not a talker, so writing things out comes natural to me. I often make a page about how I'm feeling or about where I am right now in terms of my headspace or where I want to be. I often pair these pages with a selfie. Sometimes these thoughts are deep, sometimes not so much :)

4. THINGS I JUST LOVE PAGES

It might be a TV character, it might be reading a book in the sushine outside, it might be coffee in bed on a Sunday morning, it might be a new record for my collection, it might be going to bed early, it might be Lindt chocolate, it might be a book.

5. REMINISCING PAGES

I like documenting old stories and photos in my book. Stories I find myself repeating to my kids or husband - those stories that often star with "When I was a kid..."

6. LOVE LETTER PAGES

I like writing little love letters to my family or making pages for them just because.

7. 'STUFF THAT MAKES ME LAUGH' PAGES

I love making a little page about something that takes me to my happy-place - a great joke by a comedian, something funny one of my kids said, a scene from a movie.

8. QUOTES PAGES

Making a page is a great way to save a favourite quote or scene from a film.

9. 'LET THE PHOTO BE THE STAR' PAGES

A full page photo with a few words or elements or nothing else. Done.

10. 'LET THE SCRAPBOOK SUPPLY BE THE STAR' PAGES

Sometimes I love some word art, a journal card or cool paper so much, it doesn't need much else.


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