WHEN IN DOUBT, SCRAP IT!
For many of us, memories remind ourselves of how and where
we spent our time on this earth. They include a series of stepping stones along life's road
that reflect lessons learned, personal growth and relationship-bonding that shall never
leave our souls. By capturing every precious moment, we recollect more clearly on how
our lives have changed over the decades. Such special keepsakes include photographs,
letters, cards and travel souvenirs. Individually, each one of these objects impact us in a
special way. Major events such as graduation, marriage, childbirth, and holiday
celebrations are moments worth capturing. Even small things like collecting autumn
leaves and glimpsing at a rainbow are events that can melt our hearts.
Several years ago, I began the process of creating personal scrapbooks detailing
major and minor events of my life. In these overstuffed volumes, I have collected
everything from wedding napkins and invitations to theater ticket stubs and travel
brochures. It is my way of fully appreciating every good moment that has come my way.
For example, I have top favorite music lists from the mid-1980s, Chinese cookie
fortunes, favorite cartoon strips, theater and cultural programs, as well as various
newspaper clippings of interest. I have even taken the extra step of marking precise
dates on each memento so that I can relive each nostalgic moment.
Creating a scrapbook is a continuous project as we enter different stages of our
lives. The pages of your book can center on family events, phases of friendship, and
milestones that have been reached. Include anything that touches your heart in some
magical way. A scrapbook should be a reflection of who you are personally. For
example, you may want to showcase childhood accomplishments like academic
achievements and term papers or vocational keepsakes such as corporate newsletters
and company awards. Another big area to look into would be favorite pastimes. Let's
say that you are a lover of poetry. Whether you compose it or simply enjoy reading
poetry, you can include your own literary pieces as well as works by famous writers. If
you are a cooking connoisseur, you could photocopy recipes of your favorite meals to
demonstrate your cuisine tastes.
Whether you have flowing or variegated themes, colors and designs is up to you.
There are no set rules on how to create a personal scrapbook. So before you decide to
discard that next cookie fortune or musical program, remember that down the road, it
could become a valuable sentimental piece. I can attest to this fact. If it weren't for my
years of scrapping, I would have a huge gap of chronicled memories and my life would
feel one-dimensional without them.
Of course, there are some moments that don't require a keepsake as a stimulus
for recollection. Yet, there's something wonderful about the sight of a friend's
home-made Valentine card that seems to warm my soul. Or the family photo collage that
brings us closer together. There are numerous things to collect for your personal
scrapbook without any limits on what to include. You can custom-design the book to fit
what ever suits your fancy. Whether your style is simple or elaborate is up to you. Be an
artist and have fun with this ongoing project. They also make great gifts for loved ones
and friends because they are so unique and personal. You never know who might
stumble upon your treasured keepsake. It may even become a family heirloom some
[ First ]
[ Prev ]
[ Next ]
[ Last ]
Copyright 2008, Amy S. Pacini. All Rights Reserved.