Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Library of Memories starts Thursday, Feb 4

In 2007, I had the opportunity to take a class that changed the way I record my family's memories. My photos are now more or less organized, I know where they are, and I'm not behind in my scrapbooking! Sound impossible? I also gave birth two weeks after the class started, and I still was able to accomplish so much.

The class is Library of Memories (LOM), taught by Stacy Julian (founder of Big Picture Scrapbooking and founding editor of the now-gone magazine Simple Scrapbooks). Instead of scrapbooking your memories chronologically, and feeling behind if you aren't up-to-date with your photos, LOM focuses on getting your photos organized and then scrapbooking what inspires you. All (or most) of your photos will be accessible, and if you're scrapbooking your most important memories, then you will never feel like you're "behind." What's the point of a hobby that makes you feel guilty?

One of the things you learn is making connections between your photos, and telling stories across time. For example, I am currently collecting photos of my niece and nephew playing with toys that they have since given to my daughter. I took these photos long before we were ready to have kids of our own, and just hadn't gotten around to scrapbooking them yet. But I'm so glad I didn't! They will mean so much more now, side by side with pictures of Abigail playing with the same toys - sometimes with them looking on. What a great reminder to savor every moment, because they go by so quickly.

It's so wonderful to have the majority of my photos accessible to me (I haven't organized ALL my photos, just a few years). My layouts are all organized by subject instead of by date, too, and it makes it so fun. We can pull a book off the shelf of the places we like to go, and find pictures of our daughter at the zoo next to the parents on a hiking trip soon after we met. It's such a juxtaposition of life, and I love it!

If you are interested in taking Library of Memories, there is still time to sign up. Take the chance - you won't regret it.

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