Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Hi everyone! Beckie here with you today :)
I typically bring you lots of photography posts, and one thing I’ve learned from perpetually viewing the past 2 years of our lives through the lens of my camera, it’s that our lives are FULL of thousands of incredible moments. I’ve spent hours trying to master technique, work on composition, and create incredible portraits of my family. I’ve captured the smiling faces of my kids, the happy moments like parties and birthdays, and all usual big moments each year. I’m SO thankful to have the shots I have! But when I look through my scrapbook pages, I feel like something’s missing. I feel like someone looking through my album 40 years from now won’t get a true sense of what we’re all really like.
I feel like I have lots of photos and pages that capture what we are, but not enough that capture who we are.
So this year I’m making a conscious effort to document REAL LIFE, as it is right now. Imperfect and amazing and overwhelming and even a little messy. But I want it to be true and honest, and I want someone looking back through these pages one day to know that my husband is an amazing dad because he sits and plays with the kids, really pays attention to them, every day. And that my amazing, beautiful daughter has a shy side that I sometimes don’t understand. That I worry that some day she’ll get taken advantage of or pushed around by the more aggressive kids. And how about me? I think I’m only in two photos in all of last year , and there’s truly nothing in my albums that gives any indication who I am. That I’m strong, independent, and brave – but also disorganized, impatient, and sometimes overwhelmed by everything going on.
So – This year I’ll be making a few changes.
1. No more waiting for the perfect moment to take a photo. My son has ketchup on his face and chocolate milk on his shirt? Yep, that sounds like him. So it’s a perfect photo of him right now. Clutter on the counter on a Wednesday night while my daughter is doing homework? Yep, probably. It’s a perfect time to take a photo of what our evenings are like – because it’s our real lives and I never want to forget these days.
2. More thoughtful journaling. I’m going to try to avoid the obvious “so cute, so loved, growing so fast” comments I tend to make in my journaling, and really focus on including little bits of who they are right now. That my son is obsessed with potty words and my daughter absolutely loves to be tickled when I wake her up in the morning for school.
3. Pages without photos of people. Or perhaps even pages without photos at all! Not every page as to have an amazingly cute shot of one of my children smiling. Seriously. I want them to be able to look back and have a sense of what life was like – including the things that make up our lives right now.
So my theme for the year is going to be REAL. I want to capture real moments, real things, and the real thoughts that make up the essence of who we all are right now. I created two new layouts to get started!
This one is so important to me. I can’t believe I haven’t scrapped about my husband’s diabetes before now – it’s something very big that we live with. It’s also amazing to me just how far medical treatments have come in just the 15 years we’ve been together! I love the idea of having a little time capsule of what it is like to live with diabetes today. Wouldn’t it be amazing if some day, in our children’s lifetimes, they find a cure?
And on a more lighthearted note, this is another page I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. The pics aren’t perfect for sure – but they perfectly capture him as the true pack rat that he is. He’s grabbing loads of sticks and leaves that he wants to keep, to take home to add to his “collection” (collection of JUNK, that is). We hope it’s just a crazy phase he’s going through, but regardless – right now he is obsessed with keeping things.
I hope some of the things I’m sharing here today encourage you to share a bit more about yourself and your loved ones in your scrap pages! If you have any layouts you’d like to share, please link back to them here in the comments so we can go leave you some love – and get inspired in the process!
Thanks for stopping by today! The FEBRUARY project SCRAP 2012 templates will hit the blog tomorrow…so be sure to look out for them!!