Preserving memories

Some of my scrapbooks

Hello, my name is Maggie and I am a scrapaholic.

Well, I used to be – lately I just can’t seem to find the time for it. I started scrapbooking about seven years ago, while living in Houston. My neighbor was a Creative Memories consultant with a great sales pitch. In no time, I was running back and forth across the street buying her products.

My scrapbook supplies

The idea of making albums and preserving memories completely resonated with me. I started out making an album of our time in Texas and that lead to making albums for each of my children. I soon moved on to the grandchildren, weddings, vacations… I couldn’t stop!

I went to all day cropping sessions and on weekend scrapbooking retreats. Women would gather to spend the day clipping, pasting, sharing supplies and ideas. Some of their books were like works of art, they were beautiful. I wasn’t quite as talented, but I had fun.

When the time came for us to leave Houston and move to the Netherlands I went out and bought a hoard of supplies to take with me ($$$$). I was making keepsakes and you certainly can’t put a price tag on that. Can you?

Scrapbooking can be a very expensive hobby. The more embellishment you use on your pages, the more its going to cost you. I’ve made some examples:

Cover the pages with paper and add pictures. Basic and easy.

Cut the paper, add pictures with minimal embellishing.

Layer paper, frame pictures and lots of embellishment.

I have a die cutting machine for making my own letters, flowers, hearts and butterflies, but I cheated and used sticker letters instead.

See the sticker letters? (not so nice)

Eventually I went from not writing anything more than a name, a date or a place in my albums to journaling whole stories. Thats when I realized I needed to take some writing classes, which led to the book, which led to the blog.

The only thing I have time to make now, are digital ones.

Really easy, surprisingly cheap and I can make them right on my Mac.

About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on October 1, 2012, in silly stuff and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Hi Maggie, My youngest daughter is into screpbooking but I have all I can do keeping this computer running. Three days of frustration and you are the first that I can reply to.

  2. I can see how that would get pricey! But they are beautiful. Do you watermark your photos? I was wondering if you could recommend a good program for Mac. My old PictureShark only works on PC and I’m too lazy to copy them all over, watermark, then copy back again!

  3. i
    I’m a scrapbookaholic too, but I haven’t gone digital:) I love smelling new paper & feeling the textures too much! I do look for sales to keep me in supplies… it is my one vice and it makes me happy:) I, too, am having trouble finding time to do my scrapbooking. Once a month our local group gathers for a Friday afternoon/evening and all day Saturday. it’s just enough to keep going forward.Now I just need to make more room to house the completed albums!

    • I agree 100%… I love making the real albums much better than digital. I’d also rather read a real book than Kindle, but I don’t have a lot of time so I go for whats easiest.
      Happy scrapping 🙂

  4. And with technology, it is so easy to reference and keep track of memories. My mom and I just started my father’s life story via a private blog. He recently passed away, but his life and thoughts will be preserved for his grandchildren. I am enjoying following your blog…

  5. Oh my gosh, Maggie! You have so many scrapbooks! Your work is lovely. I would never have the patience to scrapbook, but I do enjoy seeing them.

  6. When you have so many beautiful memories, I suppose it is fitting to present them so beautifully, Maggie! And the flowers and jewels certainly suit that lovely princess. ~ Lily

  7. These are stunning, Maggie!

    I love ‘Thank Heaven for Little Girls – wow 😀

  8. Your books are Beautiful and made with Love ❤

  9. itsallaboutpurple

    oooohhhhh maggie, we are so much alike. i wish i could have shared some of my books with you while you were here. i recognized that tutu….and the little princess wearing it is adorable!!

  10. Aren’t you organised Maggie – but they are lovely

  11. Scrap booking kept me sane through my wedding planning- it kept me focused and inspired! It does get so expensive, but buying supplies is so addictive! I had to leave behind a lot of supplies when I moved to Sweden, and started restocking as soon as I arrived…but haven’t found the energy to reignite my scrapbook passion! I hope it comes back soon. Your books look beautiful- and no, you can’t put a money value on them!

  12. Thats exactly how I get on a vacation, focused and inspired. I plan our whole trip around taking pictures for my scrapbooks!
    Scrapbooking is definitely a winter hobby, so hopefully you’ll get your groove back soon!

  13. Your scrapbooks are beautiful. I love the handmade element. I’ve compromised, via blogging and photo books. How ever you keep the evidence of memories, the important thing is to keep it… so many photo albums, boxes of photos, etc lost one way or another.

    • Exactly, it doesn’t matter how you gather them up, as long as you do…
      I loved looking through my grandmother’s photo albums when I was young and I hope my grandchildren will enjoy mine too.

  14. Great idea this, beautiful work! My two children love their red boxes where I`ve kept stuff for them as well, and some in a book as well. But I`m not on this level…, afraid I`m born with less patience than needed for detail stuff 🙂

  15. Thank you for sharing this – have been excited about this one, Maggie !:) Such a great idea! I challenge you to a video blog with step by step tutorial! 🙂

  16. I’m always looking for new inspiration and for MORE time 😉

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