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I discovered scrapbooking in 2000. My grandma had just died and I was sitting in front of the computer and researching ideas about keeping my memories alive. In those days I had just started to study arts and my main subject was photography so it turned out that I stumbled over scrapbooking. While scrapbooking is well known in the United Stated there wasn’t anything in German at this time. I remember that I spent hours looking through galleries and saving scrapbook pages to my computer because I loved how people layered, journaled and added pictures. My idea was: If I could just make a book from my grandparents or my family in general – this would help us all to keep our memories alive.
As I couldn’t get any material for scrapbooking here in Germany I just adapted – I put some journaling in a word processing program, printed it, cut it, looked for paper (which was just plain blue/brown/red, etc.) and used it for my photos. At this time I also got my first digital camera and took tons of 2 MP photos – just good enough to print out in 10×15 cm – and used them for my scrapbook pages.
Little did I know what would be soon possible. And little did I know that I wouldn’t end up as a teacher (because that was what I was studying) but as an owner of a digital scrapbooking site. If you had told me that days – I’d said you are crazy 😉
In 2004 I finally finished my first photo book with digital scrapbooking embellishments. Slowly these things came up here in Germany and we could create online our own photo books – first just with the upload of some photos and later with our own JPG files in our own format – that´s when I created my first photo book.
I made one for my father in law about his hometown. My husband and I went there and visited each place he has loved as a child and still loved today. We tried to find stories behind these places and wrote them down. Christmas 2004 was really special for my father in law – he couldn’t stop crying when he saw his photo book.
In 2005 my husband and I got married. Again as this was a special event I made a photo book online – with tons of scrapbook pages.
Each time I created a photo book I spent about days doing so. It often took me even weeks to make any page looking unique and meaningful. I’ve never been a big scrapper and stumbled into designing much quicker but I absolutely enjoyed creating these everlasting moments for my family and me.
So why am I writing a novel for you about my digital scrapbooking adventures?
Because I wanted to tell you that scrapbooking is much more than a hobby when you have a bit time on your hands. It is about preserving your family’s history, it’s about preserving special moments, great events, places, and so much more. It’s about looking back one day and you will remember all these pretty unique moments you might have forgotten otherwise.
Also I wanted to tell you that it doesn’t matter if you are “just” a beginner, if you have no experience at all, if you have never heard of design principles and chromatic circles. Scrapbooking is about you and your family and I promise all your efforts get better with time.
So I guess today I just wanted to encourage you to start – no matter what your family is worth to be preserved. Each scrapbook page is unique and different in its own way. There is no need to be shy, no need to worry “if you are good enough” – really, this is just about fun and remembering moments. And I promise with time you get better and better – you don’t even realize.
Here are some of my old – and embarrassing – examples 😉
You can see how old they are 😉 But both of these layouts have wonderful memories for me and when I see them today I’m really happy to have them! So saying that – here some tutorials on how to share scrapbook pages, in our gallery and on Facebook.