Remembering The Memories

When I am teaching journaling classes, I am often asked, how I go about remembering the memories I’ve created. It really is not difficult. With any amount of time that goes by, you are sure to forget details and not remember something you might wish you had. There are a few things to help you along. First, if you hear something funny or that you wish to remember, write it down. On a napkin, or a piece of paper, or whatever you happen to have around. The actual act of writing it down, can sometimes etch it into your brain … Continue reading

Keeping Your Photos Safe: Water Damage

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a scrapbooking class about photo preservation. The hot topic of the night seemed to be protecting your photographs. Almost every question asked was about how to properly store your photos, how to protect them when putting them into your albums, and what to place near and not place near the photographs on a layout. All good questions, as well as ultimately important to the longevity of your scrapbooks and memories. Although it seems obvious that someone would not store their photographs near water, you’d be surprised at how many people do not realize … Continue reading

Preserving Newspaper Clippings

I have found myself inundated with hundreds of newspaper clippings that I’d love to include in my scrapbooks. Some are from so long ago, that I’m not even sure of the dates or time period, and some are from recently, like when my cousin was in the paper with his professional soccer team, or when my son was born and my mother in law submitted his photo to her local newspaper. Regardless of what I want, placing newspaper clippings in my albums is extremely unsafe. The amount of acid in those clippings is absolutely crazy. A newspaper utilizes the most … Continue reading

Heritage Photos – How Best To Deal With Them

Recently I was asked for some help on organizing and scrapbooking some very old memorabilia, as well as photos, that a woman had inherited from her family. Most of this dated back to WWII and although scrapbooking isn’t any different for those time periods, the delicacy of the photos as well as the memorabilia does pose special challenges. She found herself overwhelmed by all she had in her possession and being unsure as to what should be included and as safely as possible. I was also asked about 3 dimensional scrapbooking for the small pins, medals and name cards that … Continue reading

Refrigerator Reminders

Blog Disclaimer: This blog details a rather grotesque finding in my refrigerator so you may want to skim over the first paragraph if you have a weak stomach. A few days ago we invited a couple of friends over for dinner. Nothing fancy, just a simple meal of grilled meat and vegetables. (It really was more of an excuse to sit and chat with people we hadn’t seen in a while.) I hadn’t prepared an appetizer (like I said, this was a very casual get together), and the grilling was taking longer than I had anticipated so I figured I … Continue reading

The True Definition of Preserving Your Memories

The definition of preserve is: pre•serve (pr-zûrv) v. pre•served, pre•serv•ing, pre•serves v. tr. 1. To maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm; protect. 2. To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged. 3. To keep or maintain intact: tried to preserve family harmony. But do you ever wonder how that applies to scrapbooking and truly preserving your precious memories for a lifetime? Some scrapbookers aren’t as interested in the longevity of their pages and layouts. But most really are. They want those memories to last well after their gone so that future generations may enjoy and learn … Continue reading