Old Scrapbook Layouts

I’ve been clearing space on my computer, which means I’ve run across a lot of old scrapbook layouts. “Old” is a relative term. These were from two or three years ago, when I was getting into digital scrapbooking, experimenting with free trial downloads of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

This was the first layout I put on the blog:

I spent so much time on these.

After a while, I was worried that the overwhelming number of elements on the page was taking over the actual memory… ya think?!

I thought that when I looked back, I wouldn’t get the whole picture of what was happening, and that the rest of the page would be distracting.

Actually, though, the making of the page is a memory, too. It’s what I was interested in learning at the time. I like remembering the process.

Lately I’m trying to make the layouts more like a simple photo book. It’s faster and cleaner.

I still over-edit some pictures. When I look back, I hope I’ll see this as part of the learning process, too.

I wonder whether I’ll ever be content with what I’ve learned so far… It might be a nice feeling, but then would I stop trying to learn?

At least it’s nice to look back and be content with where I was at the time. It makes me feel like going a little easier on myself at this stage of the process, too.

5 Responses to “Old Scrapbook Layouts”
  1. Shelly says:

    Just had another conversation about being content and open about the “now” as well as heading toward a (loosely held) goal… this is another example of that very thing but also involves the dimension of looking back on the process. Very satisfying. Thanks for sharing. PS- what do you do with your digital scrapbooks pages? Do you print them off so you can look at them or do they stay in the digital never-never land on the computer :-)?

  2. Mom says:

    Loved the memories. Your kids’ childhoods are going to be so beautifully recorded.

  3. Krista says:

    Beautiful pages, I love your work!!

  4. Pat Larson says:

    Those are so beautiful! I have also wondered if you print them or just leave them on the computer and/or online.

  5. Deborah.J says:

    I’ve only printed a handful of them! The kids love looking at them, but it’s almost always on the computer. They’ve been begging me to do more printing, too. So now that everyone is asking me about it, I’m motivated! I’ll post again when I’ve done it! 🙂

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