Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Remember When | Scrapbooking


I'm a scrapbooking fiend. Before any magazine in our house can be thrown out, Me and my scissors give it the once over and cut out anything that could be useful for future scrapbooking. And very little is neglected. 

The Dead Bard of Avon
Some clippings make it to a page of my scrapbook. Others became little mini pieces of art as seen below. I cling to scrapbooking as a natural hoarder (I keep clothes that I grew out of years ago JUST in case I magically shrink in size), as a way to craft and be creative,  and because I believe in the importance of looking back on past events fondly. It's all good for the mental health.


Out of Space
Summer
I started scrapbooking in 2012. As part of my summer of crafting that year, I bought two sketchbooks and turned one into a Scrapbook of my life. Going back in time, I created pages for everything I had collected over the years; my Junior Certificate results, every cinema ticket from every movie I'd ever been to see, our Transition Year trip to Austria, starting university... I had always been of the habit of holding onto things; whether it was concert tickets, a map of the ski slopes, a leaflet from a historical site. 
This hoarding paid off when it came to filling in my early years. And since I started, that hoarding has increased. If I go to a restaurant I need to keep either the receipt or their business card. Magazines are perused for advertisements of an event before I attend. I have a box filled with travel related scrapbooking pieces - pictures of suitcases, airplanes, passports, maps - for when I travel.

But I love it. I love flicking back through my Scrapbook. It's like a journal or a diary, with dates and names and photographs. It's not only fun and a chance to be creative, but it's the best way to record your adventures.

I don't show anyone my Scrapbook. It's a personal book. It's like inviting someone to read your diary, and isn't always advisable! So consider yourself privileged, because I'm about to take you on a tour of my life. 

Here are some of my favourite Scrapbook pages:

The Libertines July 2015
Longitude 2015
Summer 2014
Starting UCD in 2010

Graduating UCD in 2013
The New Year 2015
February-March 2015 Self Care

It's so easy and simple to create a scrapbook. But it's also a lot of fun, and a pleasure to look back on. Let me know what you think below. Do you scrapbook? Is it something you'd like to take up?

xoxo

24 comments:

  1. Wow this takes me back! I used to do this as a young teenager. You've a great collection coming along here :)

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  2. I really love the idea of scrapbooking! Such a brilliant way to collect all your memories together. I'd love to do it one day when I have more time :-)

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  3. I love that your scrapbook and have one of your life, that is such a sweet idea and a lovely momento to have. I only scrapbook for my son - one of his life and his travels but now I want to do one for me too :)

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    1. You should definitely do one for yourself Fiona! And your son is going to love his scrapbook as he grows older x

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  4. I've never had a scrapbook. I do have quote books that I jot favourite quotes down when I hear one I love :) I really like your butterfly page! x

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    1. Aww I have a quote book too for all of my favourite quotes :)

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  5. I remember doing this and i had about 10 scrap books for each subject. Id love to see them now I'm sure my mum still has them. This is something I am going to make sure my 2 love doing too. I always remember cutting up the argos book to scrap book for Christmas.

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  6. I have never done a scrap book before, but think it might be something fun I could do with my daughter to create her own keepsake. Thanks for sharing xxx

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    1. It'd be such a sweet memento for your daughter :) x

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  7. I think they look amazing. So many wonderful memories wrapped up in each page. I don't think I would have the patience though x

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  8. Ahh so many memories have come flooding back from looking at your scrapbooks. I used to make them all the time, it's nice to look back on in years to come :-) x

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  9. I used to scrapbook as a young girl. I bought my son a scrapbook this summer to create a memory book of what we have been doing.

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    1. Oh that's lovely Rachel! And it's nice that you can be involved with it by helping him as well x

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  10. I started scrapbooking this year - using Project Life. Loved it, but haven't had chance to do the last couple of months. Your post has reminded me to get on with it! So lovely to look back on :)

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  11. How much fun! Must be great to look back on in years to come. I have alot of kids drawings I should do something with.

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  12. I made a scrapbook when I was younger, about 18/19. It was fun but I liked buying the stuff more than anything :)

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  13. Love it and such a lovely way to express your creative side, thank you for sharing your's with us x

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  14. Beautiful I love to scrapbook. I use it as art therapy when I'm having a bad day.

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  15. I have never been able to get into scrapbooking, but I love the pages you put together. I think they are really a great expression of your creative talents- very cute!
    Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn

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  16. I used to do that too and I treasure all those mementos of yesteryear. It's so fun to look back at everything!

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  17. I use to be scrapbook obsessed! I really should
    Get back into it!

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  18. Scrapbooking is so fun! I started getting into it once, but then totally let it go after having my son. It sure would be nice to go back and make scrap books with his baby pictures! maybe someday when I have time (HAHA! that's a joke! Free Time?!? What's that?) I give you prop too, for working through your mental illness! Good for you!

    www.HometownQueenBee.blogspot.com

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  19. I forgot all about scrapbooking! Man that was so fun! Love your pages- they're very eye catching.

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  20. Ahhh I love this!! God I uses to have diaries full like this when I was younger! I must add it to my list of crafting ideas now!

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