Memory Keeping Project Life

Why I Am A Memory Keeper

April 26, 2016

When people find out that I scrapbook, I either get asked why or they just make this really funny confused looking face. I understand, its not very common that you see a young woman with no children taking on a hobby traditionally done by older women with families. But when I explain it to them, they get it… sometimes.

As a child, I was always writing and taking photographs. I also hoard everything. Ticket stubs, receipts, brochures, and any other little knick knacks that reminded me of where I’d been, what I’ve eaten, or who I was with. I never did anything with them and all they did was sit in a box until last year when I discovered pocket scrapbooking (or project life as some call it). The concept of it immediately appealed to me because I could actually take all of those photos I had, put them in an album, and write about it.

The photo above is the real reason why I scrapbook. I remember that day vividly; I had the chance to see one of my favorite bands, No Doubt, in concert with my best friend Chartchai. We danced, sang, and had an awesome time out on the lawn in the sun with friends. In December 2015, Chartchai passed away unexpectedly and in an instant, my best friend of over a decade was gone. It was really difficult for me and I kept looking around for something physical that reminded me of him. I was actually almost frantic about it because I realized we never really bought a lot of things for one another. But then I realized, I had a lot of photos and items from our times together, including this ticket stub. So while I didn’t have one special item, I had years of memories.

My generation tends to allow their memories to live online, and while that isn’t a bad thing at all (I pulled this photo from my facebook page) sometimes things never make it offline. Being able to print off my photos and place them into books means I can take a walk down memory lane any time. I can read about everything that happened and look at old items I kept. Think about how we ooh and ahh over items that were kept from previous generations. Letters, posters, photos, etc., those are things that we tend to cherish. If I choose to have children, I’d like to leave something behind that they might choose to cherish and it would be great for them to realize that once upon a time, mom/grandma/great-grandma was cool and did cool things 🙂

Every person scrapbooks and documents for their own personal reasons, whether it was a family tradition, a new child being born, or just happened to come across it at a craft store, we do it because it means something important to us. What was your reason? Let me know below!

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  • Reply Catherine April 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Love this post. So sorry about the loss of your friend.

    It is so important to have those tangible scrapbooks to touch and review and enjoy.

  • Reply Karen M April 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I love your reasons…for me it started ‘by accident’…kind of. After my daughter left for college, I took a class offered at the community center, and become hooked. It became my empty nest therapy now it is…my lifeline. The thought of making books my kids and grankids will enjoy and be a part of me that they can have …is a big ‘why’ I do it now.

  • Reply Patti May 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I love your story and can relate. Great page above too, nice hybrid design & like how you got the ticket on there. I love using memorabilia too, it makes me think of “old school” scrapbooks.

    • Reply Erica May 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Yes, I love using memorabilia in my project work, adds something very personal and unique to it. Thank you for your kind words as well 🙂

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