I used to be a scrapbooker, had all the gear and was constantly on the lookout for photos to scrap. In the early stage of my scrapbook ‘career’ I was eighteen going on nineteen and struggling to make the post-school transition. I always loved photos and I always did art and craft growing up. It seemed a natural fit, even though I needed help with it
Time passed and I got into my twenties, I still scrapbooked but the shine on it had worn off. It was becoming harder to instruct the person due to the I suppose, guilt that I couldn’t do it myself. I was comparing myself to others and frustration that I felt deep down that I could not do it myself. I even tried a different type of scrapbook technique based on the Project Life movement. I could not afford the cost of the Project Life products. So, I created my own spin on it using coloured cardboard and a basic four to a page photo album. This made me feel very insecure because I was copying somebody, somebody that I look up to’s work.
So, long and short of it, I gave it up. Gave away nearly all my stuff and I silently bowed out of my scrapbooking career.
Fast forward to March of this year and the reality of a Coronavirus lockdown became a real possibility. My mother told me to get the photos of our overseas trip four and a half years ago printed and she would then sit down with me and scrap.
But I silently hesitated knowing that I wouldn’t be able to help much and it was a case of once bitten, twice shy. I was documenting my lockdown journey in Zinnia Journal one day, fooling around with photos and then it clicked.
I can actually scrapbook on my iPad. Why oh, why did I not think of that before?
So, I went on YouTube for inspiration and came across a video by Holly Pixels about iPad scrapbooking. It didn’t look too hard plus I had the materials to do a page left over from my DigiBuJo from the fabulous Jenny Gollan Designs. I also already had the app Holly used, Procreate.
So, I set to work on a scrapbook page. I stressed about if I lost all my creativeness when it came to scrapbooking, whether I was still skilful enough to pull off a beautiful page and whether I deserved another shot at a comeback. I was proving myself wrong every step of the way. I still was creative enough to make beautiful pages and I was able to feel that pride that I could tell people “Hey, I made this scrapbook page all by myself!“ and enjoy the beauty of scrapbooking again. It may be in an unusual format, but this is my story and this is how I tell it
I also wanted to get back into the Project Life App, a branch of Project Life by Becky Higgins. I liked the simplicity yet sophisticated style. I was inspired by Mery, over at The Mom Behind The Computer to have another go and at that time, news about Coronavirus was only just coming into the media so this format would be ideal to for my then busy lifestyle.
I love both styles equally and they each portray a different side to the way I like preserve memories. I love preserving precious memories and this is something that I plan to do for the rest of my days.