Monday, February 15, 2016

How Many Albums Are Too Many Albums

I Recently listened to a Scrap Gals podcast in which they discussed scrapbook albums.  One of their listeners has way to many (in her opinion) albums and is running out of space to store them.  Which really made me think, once I use up all of my stash, where am I going to put the metric ton of layouts that I've made.  Most albums hold about 40 layouts so with my goal of creating about 365 layouts this year, I will need about 10 albums to store them all.  If I do this every year for the next 5, and I totally have enough stash that this is a realistic number, that's about 50 albums on top of what is already in my house. Holy smokes, do I really want that many albums?  Do I?  My answer has to be yes since the stuff is here and I am already in the process of creating all of these pages but the thought of would I have started down this path if I had thought about the end results is so relevant right now.  

My answer is probably.  Because although my parents talk about our childhood and we know a lot of stories from when we were growing up, we don't know everything.  We don't know the daily stuff.  What was our everyday life like?  What kind of students were we?  What were my parents like before they had us?  What were we like as babies?  Where did we travel to?  All of these stories and more have been told in my albums and will be available to my kids and my nieces and nephews, if they are curious about them.  That makes me really happy.  Since we don't have a shortage of storage and I know that my kids will want the albums and photos when I go, tomorrow can fend for itself on this issue.  I enjoy the process and we all enjoy looking through the albums and remembering the things that were important, fun, thoughtful or even routine in our life.  I'll leave it at that.

Now for some layouts.  One was created for a challenge and the other was created to document our most recent Disney trip.  

This is one of my favorites!  Oh it just came out so, so perfect for me.

It was inspired by Summer Fullerton's page from Creating Keepsakes June 2013 issue.  It doesn't look anything like the inspiration page but I really liked the clear separation between the photos and the tag on top of the "then" picture.  

And of course, I love my girl in her beaded Mickey ears....

I had this photo of my husband and youngest daughter when she was a baby.  It was so sweet to see him hold her so gently and carefully.  Love how tiny she looks in his hands....

The page design was inspired by sketch 470 on scrapbook challenges.  I pretty much followed the sketch exactly even down to the paper design and embellishment placement.  Very fun!  

So I am curious about how often you participate in challenges and why?  I want to do more of these in the future and would love for you to share your favorite challenge sites for me to check out.  Thanks for stopping by!


Lori said...

All of your layouts are fantastic! Your layout for the SBC sketch challenge is beautiful! I am so glad that you joined in our challenge and hope to see you again! Thanks for sharing with us at SBC!

kate blue said...

I think you can't have too many albums, but my problem is getting them into the albums lol! Love all things Disney and love how you were inspired; scraplifting is all about your take on #470, fab collection and embellishments and love that vintage photo even though it was only the 90's!! Kate (SBC)

Shere said...

I know right about the "vintage" photos! It seems like the 90's were so close but man they're more than 20 years past. :)

Carolyn Lontin said...

both of your layouts are fantastic! Thanks for playing with us at Scrapbook Challenges :)