OK, sorry for the novel here. Had a few people recently ask me what was so great about scrapping so I felt the need to write a bit. Plus, wanted ds to know why I keep shoving a camera in his face fifty times a day. :-)
Journaling: doing crafty things has always been a hobby for me. iíve painted ceramics and made wood projects on the scroll saw, but scrapbooking is the one thing iíve thoroughly enjoyed and been able to stick with. it started about 10 years ago. your dad would smile and shake his head as i dragged out all of my supplies and covered the dining room table with decorative scissors, acid-free pens, stickers, adhesive squares and mounds and mounds of paper. i would literally spend hours upon hours sitting at that table documenting our lives. it was cathartic for me. the combination of reliving special moments and vacations along with the actual cutting and pasting of paper and photos calmed me like few other things could. but it was more than just a stress reliever. it became an obsession after my grandma (bammie) was diagnosed with alzheimers disease. all the memories bammie & i shared were slowly slipping away. i remember asking for her recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese. she just looked at me and said, Ďi never made macaroni and cheese.í it hit me she would soon forget absolutely everything we had ever done together and all of the stories she had yet to tell me about her childhood or her life with my grandpa or about when my dad was a baby would be lost. i began carrying my camera with me everywhere trying to capture every moment in an effort to let them live on forever outside of my mind, for fear they would be wiped from my mind by alzheimers as well. i fear not being able to pass the memories down to you. now that i have you the obsession has evolved. i use photoshop and a computer to scrapbook instead of paper and scissors. i still wish to document and journal so you will know about your family history and about your parents and grandparents, and even your great-grandparents in case i forget. but i also do it now so i can relive your childhood each time i sit down to do a new page. you are growing up so quickly and i know for a fact you will be my only child. i revel in watching you do new things each day, but canít help but be nostalgic for the days when i could hold you in my arms for hours at a time. scrapbooking lets me relive those days any time i want to. and it will let you relive those times, too, even if you donít remember and just in case i forget.