Alexander and I had a nice little conversation the other day about scrapbooking. I was an avid scrapbooker for many years. Most of the last 13 years, actually. I stopped doing it a few years back when other crafty things captured my attention. But I never stopped taking photos. Alexander said that he really missed my scrapbooks. They help him remember our adventures and they help me, too. When I do scrapbook I feel like I’m able to grab the little moments of their childhood and hold on. Orion is a teen and Alexander is following closely behind. It’s just going by so quickly. Gah!
I shouldn’t feel like I have to justify my scrapbooking, but I do. It’s not artsy enough, right? Or it’s considered silly by many. But I’m doing it again anyway because I want to. And I have all this scrapbooking stuff to use up.
So here’s what I’ve been making. It’s a sort of scrapbook and nature journal combo. Because so much of what we do is out in the world, it’s fun to keep track of all we learn. Like finding an eagle nest or an endangered fish that lives in our favorite swimming spot.
I found an old geography book at a yard sale. It’s a great size for this project. I cut out the pages leaving a bit of paper to adhere my paper on to. That way I keep the pages and make use of the binding. On boring pages I’ve been mounting photos and adding notes. But the good pages, well…we might just have to use them for school.
I’m having fun, the boys are happy to see the scrapbook pages of our adventures, and I’m keeping track of what we learn. I’d say that’s a good thing, even if it’s called scrapbooking.