How do you feel when scrapping photos from times past?

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Posted 8/4/2013 by pinkabella in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 8/4/2013 11:08:23 AM
For example pictures from pregnancy, when the kids were babies, or just things that are now clearly a part of past? Do you forget details? Are you even more sentimental about it since the time has passed?

Whenever I do get around to scrapping my kids' pictures (they're 1 and 4 now), I'm hoping the nostalgic feel might motivate me to make even more meaningful pages. I'm curious about what others have experienced on the other side--years after the "the good ol' days".
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Posted: 8/4/2013 1:44:24 PM
I recently starting taking out some old photos from my childhood to scrap. They have just been sitting in a photo box in the closet and I feel like I am honoring them by scrapping with them. I feel nostalgic looking at them. I'm sure some memories are hazy but I like that what I remember about them is coming from me looking back on my life. I think I've been doing this as I'm watching my 1 1/2 year old learn and grow so quickly! It's making me look back and remember....wondering what she will remember when she's my age about her childhood.


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Posted: 8/4/2013 3:37:50 PM
My kids are all now in universities or beyond. I went into heart failure when pregnant with our youngest and am now disabled as a result. I scrap from bed.

I LOVE scrapping those older photos! They are wonderful therapy to me - sorting through them, choosing which ones I want to scrap and tell "the story" about for the present layout...I can't help but feel so very blessed!

Peronsally, there is NOTHING better to chase away the "poor me" blues. Seeing those precious kids, relieving the adventures we had when living in other countries, the fun, the silly - the joy that our youngest daughter (in particular since that is when I got sick) continues to bring to so many people. I wouldn't trade this life for any one else's! Those photos are wonderful reminders of all of that and I can't wait to continue to tell the future stories as well.

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Posted: 8/4/2013 4:16:18 PM
I love scrapping photos from the past but the perfectionist in me really gets going on my own childhood photos. Here's the kooky conversation I have with myself...

"Okay I have maybe 100 pictures TOTAL from my entire life - how should I best tell that story? Should I do a school album with the school age pictures? No. I hated school. Should I do one about all the places we lived? I'd have to go take pictures of some of them. What about the baby pictures, some of them are very similar and there are years I have no pictures - how do I do that? I don't remember that much from my childhood so what will I scrap about? I want to make these few pictures MEAN something."

You see where this is going? I do nothing with them for this reason!!!!!


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Posted: 8/4/2013 4:51:00 PM
Ok, this is the thread I was too cowardly to start! I love, love, love scrapping my older photos of my childhood, my husband's childhood, my brother's, my children's (they are in their twenties.) They ALL make me nostalgic. Yes, even, sometimes...they make me cry. I'm a wuss. But a big, kindhearted one...I hope.

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Posted: 8/4/2013 8:40:32 PM
"Okay I have maybe 100 pictures TOTAL from my entire life - how should I best tell that story? Should I do a school album with the school age pictures? No. I hated school. Should I do one about all the places we lived? I'd have to go take pictures of some of them. What about the baby pictures, some of them are very similar and there are years I have no pictures - how do I do that? I don't remember that much from my childhood so what will I scrap about? I want to make these few pictures MEAN something."

Scrap them chronologically. With Google earth, you may be able to find places where you've lived. From there, what did you like do when you live there? Did you have any friends? What were your favorite activities. Are there any situations that came up during this time period that you remember? Do any of your family remember any thing about you during this time period? Ok..onto Next address.............


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Posted: 8/4/2013 10:55:23 PM
3kidmama- you have such a good outlook. That must be hard to go through such a life changing experience. YOu are inspiring!


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Posted: 8/4/2013 11:13:56 PM
I definitely feel nostalgic but that's a good thing! I remember the happy times/memories!
I feel a little sad at how fast the time flies when I look at pictures of my son in younger years....I feel sad when I look at pictures of my dad who is no longer here....but that is all part of it.

I took a lot of notes when my son was growing up....I made note of the funny things he said, things he did so I have no problem coming up with stories to scrap. I recently started a BOM and going through my childhood photos brings back a lot of memories! I remember some facts and some stories and I just do the best I can....


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Posted: 8/5/2013 4:35:45 AM
I had this experience just last week. My FIL passed away last year after a prolonged illness. It was just after Christmas 2009 that we discovered he was sick. Christmas was his favorite holiday but I'm not a Christmas fanatic, having my gma unexpectedly pass away on Xmas Day when I was little.

I was scrapping the photos from December 25, 2009. I have been saving them for awhile because I wasn't sure how I would feel or what I would do. The first anniversary of his death (July) seemed to mark a turning point in my grieving and felt like it was time to get it done. Even if I'm scrapping snowy Christmas photos in 100 degree heat, it's OK.

The photos made me laugh and remember the quirky traditions he established on Christmas Day: like serving bowls of black olives, pizza delivered to the house, and the way he jumped around excitedly as if he didn't know what was inside the wrapping paper (even though as a bachelor, he knew darn well what was inside: he had bought and wrapped it).

Making that LO brought a sense of peace and completion. I didn't journal about the dread diagnosis that was around the corner, just the details of that particular day. It helped me remember the way he used to be and how much fun he was. It helped me remember him in a sweet and honorable way and celebrate the immense and intense love he had for my DDs. I miss him lots but that LO made the loss easier to accept, at long last.

For me, that nostalgic feeling was a blessing.


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Posted: 8/5/2013 5:38:57 AM
When I first started scrapping, I was a chrono scrapper, I started w/current photos (kids were small) and did that for about 6-7 years. I went back in 2008 to scrap a year of pics from 1998 and found different stories in them. I did much more meaningful LO's and journaling in that album. Then I got Photo Freedom and took Stacy Julian's online class Library of Memories and am not so much in a rush to scrap all pictures like I'd been. I am still working on that sorting process but I like scrapping only what I want to when I want to and then letting the other stories brew for a while. I'm looking forward to seeing what they will tell me!

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Posted: 8/5/2013 6:31:52 AM
I would say I forget some things, but looking at the photos helps me remember. It's made me want to write down when funny things happen, conversations and things, so I have it when I scrap that moment. It also depends on the situation, happy memories are always lovely to look at. But sad times are pretty hard. I was in hospital last year for some major surgery and I documented it in PL at the time. I looked back at it last week and got a little chocked. I'm so glad I documented it then, I'm not sure I could go back and do it now, because my life is so different to what it was a year ago.


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Posted: 8/5/2013 9:34:46 AM
havent done oldies yet the ex hubby are in them LOL

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Posted: 8/5/2013 3:50:59 PM
WhenI started scrapping, my daughter was 10 so most of the photos that I scrapped were old and most of them weren't even digital!! She's now 19 and I've never been a scrapper that gets even 25 layouts done per year so I'm still scrapping in the past. Yeah, I forget a lot of the details, but I still find that I'm able to recall the stuff that matters. I also think it's really important to have journalling on my layouts so when I am working on one of those older photos, I really do try to recall what made the event special. If I'm really stuck, I'll show her or DH the photo and ask for their input. Thankfully it's worked for me!

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Posted: 8/5/2013 4:59:41 PM
I don't scrap old photos very often (except I do a lot of heritage pages, with REALLY old photos), but on the few occasions when I have, I feel very nostalgic. My older DD got married a couple of years ago, and I did a slide show for her wedding reception with old pictures. Since I had already scanned them, I did a layout with a few of my favorites. No words could convey the happy memories, so I simply used the lyrics from the old song "Turn Around". I didn't feel any pressing need to try to write about each photo in the layout:

I did a layout a little more recently about this same DD's Cabbage Patch Kid doll. I told the story at great length on the journaling, so in this case, I wanted to share more than just the photos:

I have done tons of layouts about my own childhood. Like several posters mentioned, my own childhood photos are very few and far between, and mostly very poor quality. Since I'm digi, I have lots of fun taking my old crummy photos and making them interesting and telling a little story about my childhood too.


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Posted: 8/5/2013 5:15:18 PM

Making that LO brought a sense of peace and completion. I didn't journal about the dread diagnosis that was around the corner, just the details of that particular day.

I really appreciate this feedback . It makes me think of how special it is to be able to stop and relive positive memories, no matter what sad ones came later. There's something precious about being able to kind of live in the good moments again by scrapbooking them.


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Posted: 8/5/2013 5:52:19 PM
my son is 18, and yes I have forgotten little details of when he was little . so ladies keep a journal or something to document the little ones..before you know it they will be grown


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Posted: 8/5/2013 6:23:21 PM
I have a little bit of Tracy's problem as I don't have a lot of photos and I want to tell so many stories about them. I've decided it is OK to use photo of myself more than once. I'll just scan it and put it on a different page with a different story because the same photo can evoke so many memories.

I do probably look at the past with rose colored glasses. There was really nothing wrong with my childhood but I bet if I'd written down my feelings about things as they happened there would have been a lot more childhood angst than I can recall now.

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Posted: 8/5/2013 6:40:58 PM
I feel good about scrapping old pictures and I especially enjoy the ones from my childhood and sometimes I remember the day they were taken and the conversations that took place right before the pictures. It always makes me smile. I love scrapping pictures of my ds whose now 10yrs. I love scrapping his baby pictures and he has about 10 baby books. It never gets old. Have fun with it.


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Posted: 8/5/2013 7:28:05 PM
It really depends on the event.

I am working on my son's senior album. (He just finished his first year of college.)

I am finding it very difficult to work on this album. I am Over-stressing each layout to try to get it "just so". I must also admit that I really don't WANT to finish the album because finishing it will almost be like ending an era in both his life and mine.

(I must also add that I am scrapping his senior album because I have somehow managed to get most of the other life events already scrapped. Sometimes I wish that I hadn't been so time effective. I would much rather be scrapping the childhood fun things.)


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Posted: 8/5/2013 8:17:19 PM
My DS is 17 (almost 18) and DD 14. There is something very bittersweet about scrapping photos of them when they were much younger. I'm a non-chronological scrapper so you never know what age they might be in the photographs!!! I love looking at their sweet faces at any age!


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Posted: 8/6/2013 5:59:28 AM
It's my goal this year to scrap as many old photos that I've been meaning to document. I love old photos and scrap them in any order according to what memory prompts me at the time. I actually scrap more old memories than I do current, and I enjoy it with no pressure to avoid the sad times because I tend to try and express a good reflection out of each memory through journaling, scriptures, quotes or captions/titles.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 10:31:56 AM
I LOVE scrapping photos from the past! With time gone by I've gained knowledge, life experience, and introspection. With photos of say my childhood I tend to scrap them now with a theme of: "if I could go back in time, the older, wiser me would tell the young girl me this..."
I think this way, when my children read it, perhaps they will also get a glimpse of what issues I dealt with and that everything is temporary in life - even the teen angst and drama.


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Posted: 8/6/2013 12:35:23 PM
I don't care for the old 3 x 5 size photos or the quality of the pictures, but there are times when I just have to pull out a few and just get them done. It's just not my favorite thing to do.

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