Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Why Document Your Day, Your Week, Your Life?

"but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less."

                                                                                       — Anna Quindlen, Loud and Clear

After a very slow start, I am be attempting Project Life again this year.  I think I made it until week 33 in 2015.  This year, the glass on my iphone had come loose and needed replaced.  In the process I “lost” a few apps and contacts.  It took me awhile to figure out how to get the Project Life App re-loaded (I kept getting an Error message).  A little frustrating as I had purchased quite a few kits.  Luckily, the app would download to Elliot’s ipad with everything intact.  After syncing through the PC, I now have PL back and am ready to document 2016.  The quote above is one I’ve used before as being the number one reason I scrapbook.  I only wish I took more photos of my own children growing up, but truth be told, I would not have been able to afford having rolls of film developed, let alone purchasing a good camera.  I think my scrapbook journey began in 2004 and I learned about Facebook, on-line scrapbook sites and blogging while attending a weekend crop around 2006.  It changed my life.  Blogging and scrapbooking are like having a time machine – as long as you “write it down,” you can revisit any time period.  My 17 year old granddaughter has taken to reading through the blog.  She is my first grandchild and lived with me her first 9 years, so her whole life has been pretty much documented.  I hope she enjoys her trek down memory lane and realizes how truly loved she is.  I also hope she will join me in capturing her son’s life through words and pictures, so he too will remember (they are currently living with me – the reason for so many Elliot photos).

I just downloaded A Color Story and am eager to use it.  Alas, I’m working and picture taking will have to wait.  

On a colder note, it was 7 degrees when I left for the bus this morning.  BRRRRR!

Hope you are keeping warm (or cool if you live where it’s HOT)!

Warmly! Trish 

(Updated to add links)

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