Are you like me and have hundreds of photos so far this summer? We were lucky enough this summer to go on 3 trips and spend lots of time together. For me that equals an overwhelming amount of photos and kind of makes me want to crawl under a blanket until winter.
Sure, I'll get all these photos onto paper with pretty stickers, but that isn't my favorite part of scrapbooking. I'm not an event/holiday/travel scrapper at all and it takes me months and months to get to it all. What I do enjoy doing is taking some of those photos and scrapping not what we did, but what we were feeling at the time, what was so special about that moment or a funny story.
So today we're going to talk about just that. Look through those hundreds of photos that are making you hyperventilate and pick out one or more that speak to you or just make you stop and say "WOWEE that is a great picture!". Now, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you look at it? Is it the first time your child went into the ocean, their first dive, the fact that they were timid at a point when you would think they would be the clown or the loudmouth?!
I took a few photos from a Washington Nationals baseball game earlier this month, including these:
The game? Not all that memorable in and of itself. Sure the Nationals won, but I'm not a big baseball fan so not something I'm going to get down anytime soon! I saw the goofy picture of my youngest and decided I would scrap something completely different.
Her obsession with gum! It has nothing at all to do with the game, but I wanted a fun photo to go with this part of her personality. When I look at this photo I don't think of baseball, I think of Ella and her silliness and her constant asking for gum!
We go to Myrtle Beach each year, which means I take very similar photos each year. Yes, we all have on different swimsuits and the girls are more grown up, but all in all, the same. That doesn't mean I don't take photos because I still take hundreds!
I did do a large layout about our trip, but I took the middle photo and made this layout about a completely different topic:
My youngest daughter gets told ALL.THE.TIME. that she looks exactly like me, so my oldest wanted to make it clear that she also looks like one of her parents, it just happens to be her dad! It's something I wanted to document, and since I was able to actually get a fabulous photo of the two of them I had to document it!
Last one I promise!
These are older photos from last year on a field trip with my oldest daughter. We went to a great wild animal sanctuary and learned a lot and had fun with with her classmates.
I never did document this field trip (I know, don't tell the scrapbooking gods!), but the third photo stopped me in my tracks. It screamed Maya and the trials and tribulations she had gone through over the previous 2 years so that is what I chose to focus on for the layout.
So I challenge you to look through those photos and see what stands out to you beyond the who, what, where and when of the photo. I find that when I scrap the one or two photos that "speak" to me, then I'm ready to tackle the event or trip as a whole and document our fun!