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You know me, I’m the one who keeps bugging everyone to put some journaling on the page – even if it is “who, what, when & where.” and here is the WHY. I read “Where Old Photos Go to Die” at Scrappers Workshop and it hit me. THIS is why I scrapbook. THIS is why I keep asking people to tell me MORE about the layouts they do.

We all think of our pictures as “current stuff.” That “WE” know who it is and when and why we snapped that picture. But you know what? in 50 years, you might not be able to tell someone anything about that picture. You might not be able to tell them the joy in that photo. Heck, you might not be able to do that tomorrow even.

Think to the box of photos you inherited from your parents or grandparents. What do you know about those pictures? What do you wish you knew about them? Even if your parents or grandparents are still alive, can they tell you about them?

Sadly, we all eventually will never be able to tell anyone why we snapped a picture or who that is in it. This is why many of us scrapbook – to leave a legacy. While some of us do it for ourselves, at some point, someone else is going to sit down and sift thru them (unless you destroy them before then LOL). Those people who see them later will make a decision as to whether they are “worth” keeping for themselves or doing whatever with them. I believe that if the legacy they are is meaningful, they will want to keep them.

Read the article at Scrappers Workshop. If you don’t do anything on the front of the page – at least put it all on the back for someone to see later.


Everyone has stories to tell thru their scrap pages. Even those of us who are chronological scrappers who tell about the events in our lives like holidays and birthdays are telling stories. Albeit, we’ve limited the stories we tell, but we do tell stories.

One of my new favorites for prompts comes from Stories In Hand. What makes this special? Well, sometimes, we really just need a good prompt to get going on telling that story. “Stories In Hand” is Jessica Sprague’s (also at latest book and includes the companion website. The book details a chronological set of prompts from your grandparents lives to your life and life with (or without) your children.

What’s nice is that for the chronological scrappers, the prompts are in a chronological format. So if you want to tell your parents’ story, you can follow along the prompts for your parents and work your way thru too.

It can allow YOU as a scrapper to tell your story too. I’ll keep saying it: too many scrappers neglect to tell their OWN story. For those who come after us to know the perspective of your scrapbooks, you really should leave a legacy of your own life too. It isn’t just about the people around us, but about us too. If you are looking for more ways to scrap your story, Debbie Hodge’s “Get It Scrapped” website has some specific telling your story prompts too.

However you do it, don’t forget that scrapbooking is more than just beautiful pictures. It’s the legacy you are leaving. So what do you want to leave behind?

I’ve found a number of photography resources, and sometimes the find is a reminder and sometimes, it’s a cool new idea. Sometimes they are both.

It’s so much easier now with digital cameras. No need to print every photo you take. And really, you can fix a mediocre photo if the color, lighting, etc is off. Composition can be fixed some too. But if you work at that, you learn too what it takes to “do it right” the first time. Doing as much in the camera as possible eliminates the post production. That leaves you to do creative things in the post production – change to black & white, adjust the color, do an action, etc. For some simple adjustment, I picked up this link at Captivated Visions from @DigiShopTalk. While to some degree it is oversimplified on making adjustments, for some people it has to start with the basics. But, it does move on to some of the more important parts of photo adjustments: make that duplicate layer!

With digital cameras you can fill a memory card with photos and then delete those that just aren’t worth making the changes to. It’s freeing. There are few people today still using film, and I suspect that those that do are developing their own film at this point too since fewer and fewer labs exist.

Digital cameras today even in the point and shoot variety allow the user to do so much more than the old point and shoot cameras. It is hardly necessary for the average person or scrapbooker to invest in a Digital SLR unless they are going off “auto mode.” The digital cameras today allow for so many modes and off auto mode too.

In the reminder category comes one from Tasra Mar (“Real Women Scrap”) who includes tips in her tweets. One in particular, is how to get better as a photographer. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded to shoot a lot of “film” and work it. So today, I’d like to remind every one that your photos won’t get better unless you take MORE of them. You learn by doing. No huge revelation here so why am I bringing this up? Because most of us remember the cost of film.

So, get out there and take some photos! And if you feel the need to make adjustments, play with it in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Picasa or whatever software you feel comfortable with!

Paperclipping Roundtable had a lively discussion during the mail segment of sorting embellishments to speed up your scrapping. Have you looked at your system of sorting and storing recently? I know I’m “by color” on my embellishments, or so I had thought, until I listened to Molly McCarthy talk about how ALL her color embellishments are in one place. I know mine aren’t.

Spend some time with the Roundtable. I’m sure you won’t regret it. And I’m willing to bet that after you’ve listened once, you will subscribe to the podcasts and listen regularly as I do. I always leave with inspiration and wanting to head into the scrap room!

There are so many places on the web you can go to and find scrapbooking information and resources. I hope that you will find that I am accumulating the most USEFUL of these resources!

Over the last few years, I have answered many questions for others about scrapbooking and sent links and information to them to help answer questions about everything from design, to color to journaling and ideas for when they are creatively blocked. I hope to be able to pull all of these sources together and provide for everyone.

Hopefully, you will find some a-ha moments and nuggets in these resources to make your scrapbooking more fun and more productive!

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