I began my Scrapbooking Audit by looking at my scrapping this year - how I spent my time, what I finished, what I didn't. Next up I want to look at my progress in documenting the events of previous years. Turns out, this isn't so easy to audit!
I have a list of topics that I wanted to scrap but it's probably not that accurate. With only three topics listed from 2010, I don't think I've updated it in a while! I'm not certain what pages I have completed but not checked off and I've probably assigned space in albums for topics I haven't listed. Also, some topics just don't seem that important anymore.
Looks like I'm dragging out albums and making a new list!
As I mentioned in my trip down Scrapbooking Memory Lane, I began scrapbooking when I returned in 2004 from a year-long trip to europe. I don't have anything prior scrapped and I am absolutely fine with that. I might do some layouts from earlier years one day - I recently had the idea of 'My Hair and I: It's a Love Hate Relationship' using photos at different ages - but for me, my scrapping to do list begins with Europe, 2003.
Out of the 2 and a half albums covering my Europe trip, only a few pages are actually finished. (16 to be exact.) Most are simply photos stuck down, the occasional post-it note to remind me of place names and no actual journaling.
Apart from the sheer amount of topics and photos 12 months traveling created, my main roadblock to finishing these albums was that I was trying to do too much. I didn't want to just write journaling - I wanted to combine information and quotes from my travel journals, emails I sent and my Lonely Planet guidebooks. Talk about making it difficult for myself!
Also, my concept of scrapbooking changed over the time I was working on these albums. (I began in 2004 and know I was working on it again in 2007.) When I first started I stuck down all the photos, choosing to matt the odd one. By the time I picked the albums up again and finished those 16 pages I was undoing that - pulling up the photos and going crazy with patterned papter. If I started working on it again now my pagers would be different again. But, I considered those pages done and I was happy then so they are staying done and I'm staying happy now. :)
This is my 'maybe one day' project. Retirement comes to mind! Between the photos and that travel journals filled with memories and stories this trip is documented reasonably well. It's just that they are going to have to stay separate for now.
One thing I've thought of during this audit is that I would like to do however, is pretty up the emails. Mum printed out many of the emails that I sent throughout that year of travel. It was a lovely surprise to come home to. (I think she's a scrapper at heart!) Those emails are currently at the back of the cupboard waiting for the time I work on Europe albums again. I'd like to buy a nice binder/album, decorate the cover and organise them a little. It's not a big task, although I'll probably make it more difficult than it needs to be. :)
My next album contains the years 2004 to 2007. I have already completed scrapping 2004, 2005 and 2006 but 2007 only has the opening page and one other.
There are 13 topics from 2007 still on my scrapping to do list:
- Mum's Birthday
- Mum & I in Lorne
- Working at David Jones, including Mila's wedding
- My first full-time job
- My sister's 21st birthday
- Football photos
- Geelong's Premiership win
- My 25th birthday
- My sister's graduation breakfast and graduation day
- My Christmas tree
- Christmas with Mum's family
- Christmas morning
- Christmas with Dad's side
I feel so close to being finished that this album is a reasonably high priority for me. After working on it over so many years I just want it done! However, I'm not particularly inspired to work on these pages. Being 4 years ago, I don't remember the stories, the details that would give me a connection to the photos. Although I have culled a few topics for exactly that reason, I still want to scrap these ones. It's the only way the photos would ever be displayed.
As these pages are placed straight into the album, not into page protectors, it's easier if I work on them chronologically. (I organise my albums chronologically even though I generally don't scrap like that.) I can't shuffle them around later so I need that scrapping to do list to be definite.
Up in the cupboard I have a small box of printed photos and memorabilia. It was organised at one stage and I know there are some things from 2007 but I'm not really sure what. The next step for this album is sorting out that box and recording on my scrapping to do list anything I might want to include.
Given how wordy this has turned out to be, I'll finish here for now, continuing with 2008 in part 2. As a final reminder to myself - this All That Came Before portion of my Scrapbooking Audit is focusing on what remains for me to do. Fiji, Vietnam, my 21+1 all fall within this time period and are sitting on my bookshelf, already recorded and complete. :)