It's making me sad that my memories of Papa and Grandmere are fading and I want to share them with Ian before it's too late.' my daughter conﬁded to me as we threw yet another half full photo album into the box we designated for photo storage.
It's been several months since she returned from her trip
to Japan last summer. She came home burning with passion and motivation to simplify our belongings;
mostly the things we held on to from my parent's estate.
In doing so we found loads of pictures.
especially by the youngest of her grandchildren, my son. Even now over 2 1/2 years since her death,
I still struggle with how I can keep her memory and stories alive in a tangible way for him.
And with getting all the pictures from my grandmother that Mom kept,
I've also been concerned with ﬁnding a way to share the pictures and
stories of our family.
Scrapbooking would be the obvious answer to this dilemma, right?
Here's the thing...the only craft I've tried and hated was scrapbooking.
All the cropping, laying out, and endless bells, whistles and do dahs that go
with it seemed like much too much trouble for me. I need something
simple that's not going to take time way from other things I do like to do.
And though I've kept journals off and on for years I rarely if ever add pictures
to my words.
scrapbooking system that lets me
pair my photos with beautiful pre-designed
journal cards to help me save the memories
This made my heart sing with a resounding 'YES!!"
as I shared with my daughter what this system
could be for us.
As we go through the process of putting together the memories,
I'll be sharing our progress here as a way of staying accountable to
the completion of what at the beginning feels like a monumental task at this point.
Preserving the past while documenting the journey of a thousand memories.
We're calling our journey Project Past Life and I hope you join us.