We just held our first all store manager conference in Minneapolis for three days and I couldn’t wait to share the photos. We brought all of our managers in to talk about Archiver’s, scrapbooking, great product, giving our customers great service and all the other things we know and love about this business. We even put them through the creative gauntlet with make & takes and their own workshop. It was so fun to be with a group so committed to helping create memories of the life’s events. I am truly proud to work with such a great group of people. We know our customers love to scrapbook – and we love to work for a company that delivers that experience. Continue to look for great inspiration, products and fun at the store closest to you!
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My sister and I took my mom to Las Vegas two summers ago as a retirement gift. We had a blast, took a ton of pictures, and intended to give my mom a scrapbook for Christmas to commemorate our trip. Our Christmas deadline turned into Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day turned into her fall birthday….we had taken a lot of photos….and it was taking a long time to scrapbook.
Enter hybrid scrapbooking to save the day! We R Memory Keepers had just introduced their line of album pages with different sized pocket pages. This project that had loomed over us for several months, became one of the most enjoyable albums we had ever created. Gone was the stress of coming up with ideas to fill the whole 12×12 page. We did include some 12×12 pages – but only when the photos and the stories made sense that way. We got to view vertical photos, vertically, and fit a ton of photos in the album. My mom pulls out her album any time she has company and pours through it and re-tells funny stories. The trip was fun. Watching my mom enjoy her memories of time spent with us over and over again is truly priceless.
If you love the creativity of scrapbooking, but find you can’t keep up, seriously consider this type of album. They were made to fit in binders, but I have made them fit in any album I want to use (sometimes I need to make the holes a little wider with a scissor). I do my everyday photos of my family this way now too. It has gotten my pictures out of the neatly organized boxes waiting to be scrapbooked, and into my family’s hands to enjoy….which after all, is the whole point right?
We have always made handmade Valentines in my house. It is something I look forward to every year. This year, Molly inspired me with her creative lollipop idea posted last week. We changed things up a little at our house, because my son informed me that “first graders don’t give each other girl stuff”. So, using some scrap cardstock and Transformers stickers, we “manned-up” some transformer lollipops for my son’s friends. We spent an hour working together. We chatted about his day, talked about his friends…and used up some of my aging scrapbooking supplies. It was some of the most quality and enjoyable time I have spent with him all week.
Craft with your kids. You will instill a life long love of creativity and memory keeping if you do this with them while they are young. I have boys, but they love to make projects as much as my friend’s daughters do. Will loved his Valentine results and had fun doing it. I even got an “I love you mom” at the end of the night.….mission accomplished for both of us.
I have always enjoyed crafting. My mom painted, quilted, sewed…you name it. So, my sister and I grew up collecting pamphlets and postcards when we were on vacation and cutting and rubber cementing them into spiral bound albums to make our first scrapbooks.
While times have changed, I still look back on those albums and love to go through them. Sometimes I laugh (New Kids on the Block fanatic in Jr. High), sometimes I get misty (trips with Grandparents not here anymore) but I love to look at them. I mention this because essentially, it is why I make time to scrapbook now. I want my kids and grandchildren to look back someday and remember loved ones, fun times and know a little more about their lives. It would be easy for me to say that I don’t have time (because with two little ones, I don’t) but I really feel that there are few things more important for me to do for them…and me….so I make the time.
Mainly I try to go to mania with friends every now and then or go to an overnight scrapbook weekend to keep up. Since my “creative sessions” are few and far between I keep organized in a few simple ways that I can keep up with – and am ready to rock when I can.
- Keep notes– I would say journal, but that seems to be a dirty word most of the time and difficult to keep up with. Kids say the darndest things and I keep notes on the funniest or sweetest little things they say – then later, I pick a favorite photo and add the story to the page. Write them in a notebook by your bed, on a calendar or on Post It notes by the phone. I actually enjoy reading the stories that I have forgotten from when they were young more than the photos. It is easy to forget the stories behind life’s little moments. These notes are among my most precious belongings now.
- Print Photos – You can’t scrapbook what you don’t have. Develop a system you can follow to download your photos and get them printed, so they are waiting for you when you can carve out some time, not the other way around.
- Focus on the Memories – It is overwhelming (even in the age of “delete the digital photos that don’t look good”) to scrapbook everything. However, I find I can’t throw photos of my kids no matter how poor they are. Thinking about the memory, rather than the photo helps me prioritize what I am trying to put on a page. Do I want all 12 photos I took at soccer – or just the one of him scoring the goal and the big smile when he looked over at the sidelines? That is the story I want to remember.
- Enjoy the Process –I am a taskmaster – so sometimes I forget to sit back and enjoy being creative. I am so focused on the end product that I don’t make time to enjoy my social time with girlfriends (or still with my mom and my sister). I also have to remind myself that I am not getting a grade on my scrapbooks. They will be treasures to my kids regardless of my creative ability. Just like life, scrapbooking is about enjoying the ride as much as getting to the end….make sure you make time to do this, and that you are enjoying the ride in the process.