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March 16, 2010

Then and Now - 12 Years of Scrapbooking

I thought it would be fun to show you all a little bit of my scrapbooking history. It all started 12 years ago when my college roommate started a scrapbook for me. She had been scrapping for a while and it looked like so much fun. So to get me started she started a book for me (thanks Janna!). Then I continued from there.

Here's a photo of a few pages from my very first album. Warning: It's not very pretty! But none the less, last night when I was going through some of my old albums, my husband and I had a great time looking at some of the old photos and reading my journaling.....that's the whole point of scrapbooking anyway....remembering and enjoying those memories. It doesn't matter how good the pages look, right?

Here's a photo of one of my last "traditional" pages. Yes, once I started digi-scrapping I have not looked back! I did this page about 2 years ago. You can see that I "evolved" a little in my scrapbooking from some of my first pages.. I think you can still see a little bit of this style in my digi-scrapping pages. I like clean, simple pages that allow for lots of photos and definitely some journaling.
Now onto my first digi-page. This was made about 2 years ago when my friend Laressie introduced me to digi-scrapping and I fell in love instantly.....although learning photoshop was a little frustrating. Thankfully I have a husband who helped me a lot along the way. You can see the page is very simple and a lot like my traditional layout above. This page was done with all "freebie" stuff that I found. I'll be honest, when I first started digi-scrapping I used all "freebie" stuff. I didn't understand why people would buy stuff when there was so much free stuff out there. Believe me, my views have changed on this dramatically and not just because I sell stuff. I think freebies are great to help you try out different designers or styles....but you are limiting yourself so much if you limit yourself to "free" stuff.
Here is one of my more recent digi layouts and one of my more favorite ones. I did purchase stuff for this page ;-) It's so much fun to play with all the elements and papers that you get with a good purchased kit. Another thing that I always do now that I didn't do when I first started digi-scrapping was edit my photos. I edit all my photos, I think it really does make a difference. And I also like to play around with dropshadows. When I first started I just used the standard dropshadow but I've found that it can really make your page pop if you add some different dropshadows. As you can see I still use lots of photos and always do a little journaling on my pages.
Using Chasing Rainbows and the Clearly Trimmed Set over st Sweet Shoppe.
Alpha from Shabby Princess (okay, I must admit this was a freebie!)While my scrapbooking has changed over the last 12 years I hope that I will always remember the main reason that I scrap......for the memories.

10 comments:

Christie said...

This is so much fun to see!!! I have a similar evolution of my own so I'll have to do a post like this sometime :) Thanks for sharing!

Annie said...

Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed seeing your scrapbooking history.

Linda said...

Beautiful!

Jennifer Prescott said...

How fun to see then and now. Mine would look very similar but I would have to have a template to do your recent layout . . . hmmmmmm, could that be tonight's freebie?

Tanya said...

How fun! Your story is my story, minus the digital designing part! :-) I'd love to hear more on your thoughts of using freebie's vs. purchasing kits. I like to purchase, but I have friends and family who think I'm crazy. I prefer the quality and detail of the purchased kits. You?

Erin Ashley Photography said...

I had to laugh when I saw your early digital layout - I downloaded those same papers/elements myself! It was a great intro to digital scrapbooking and I'm glad they were there to get me started.

AZK said...

What a wonderful post! So true about starting with freebies--I have just about every freebie template you ever posted--they were such a help to me when I started digi scrapping!

Scrapping Mom of 5 said...

I love your first scrap books. They look so familiar.

Scrapping With Liz said...

Jennifer-it wasn't the freebie, but just watch out for next weeks new products ;-)

Tanya-I see a blog post in my future. I think that would be a good subject to blog about.

Rachel said...

I like looking at your old scrapbook pages. It gives me hope that I mine will evolve in a similar fashion. I especially like your most recent layout. Do you have a template for that one?

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