Good morning, everyone! I am back for day 2 of “scrapbooking your stuff.” Today it’s all about you.
The objects in our life aren’t, and shouldn’t be the most important thing in life. We should focus on the people and experiences. You can’t take it with you, after all. But the things we carry with us, that we love and use every day, capture a snapshot of our life and who we are. And, in the stories that explain how and why we own what we do, there are glimpses of relationships, personalities, and priorities, and those certainly are legacies worth passing down.
Here are some ideas for layouts to document a few of your favorite things.
What Are You Reading?
Grab a snapshot of the books on your nightstand (or wherever it is you keep your books), and keep a little moment of your life; you or your family can look back and know what interested you at this time. Both Lisa and Sue did this.
I did it too, and I also took a photo of the books on my husband’s side of the bed, which tells a little story about each of us, and who we are together. This layout is from 2010, and today's pile of books would look very different!
What Was Worth the Splurge?
Whatever your budget, there are the things that feel like a splurge or a treat, that continually give you the feeling that whatever the cost, it was totally worth the money.
Laura felt that way about her Vitamix blender. SinceI am using a twenty year old, twenty dollar blender, I can just imagine the joy she must feel every time she sees those veggies turn to mush.
What Did You Make?
Sue made this layout about her knitted creations in 2012:
What Makes You Happy?
Well, a lot has been said about women and their love of shoes, so that might explain why both Kate and I have layouts about our love of a pair of boots.
In this next layout, I took some pictures of my favorite decorative items in my home. They really make me happy on a regular basis. I decided to add some details about when I received them as a gift from my husband. It’s not the most thrilling story, but I decided to add it, because it captures a little bit of our relationship in it. Not a sweeping romantic gesture, but just part of our everyday, authentic, ordinary life. I also added a little journaling about anxiety over money, and how that affects our decisions about what to buy. Because that is a real part of life too.
I love adding little by little to my collection of house and bird themed things, and Sue and her husband share similar delight in their own collections.
Maybe if these next two layouts were about me, then they would go into the “what makes you happy” category. But, we’re talking about my husband here, so I have labeled his things as obsessions. It might not be totally fair, but as the scrapbooker in the family, our story is told through my point of view. So, houses and birds=cute. Beer and mustard=obsessive.
So, once again, look around for the stories that go with the things you own. The stories of how you got certain things, about why they are important to you, and don’t forget to include little details that might tell a little bit about the relationships between people, about how you were feeling at a certain time, and what makes you and your family smile.