When I was about 10 my mom gave me her old 35mm camera, it was grey and pink and I couldn’t wait to get some film to use it. That camera inspired the beginning of my love for photography and recording life through pictures. I started out taking pictures of my pets and friends, then when I went on a trip with my Dad my love for photography took off! I photographed our journey driving from Manitoba to British Columbia. It was so scenic and we had so many fun adventures along the way. He took those pictures and put together a picture book for me, very simple, with pictures on that sticky back paper and plastic over top, and below he documented the events and funny memories we shared. It’s exciting to realize that both my Mom and Dad had a hand in my scrapbooking journey. They inspired me to document life and to cherish the moments we are given. To this day, I still find so much joy in looking back at pictures that showcase the cherished memories with the loved ones in my life.
I first started traditional scrapbooking when I was 13 years old. I was biking in downtown Brandon, MB and I happened to see a store called Scrapbookers Safari so I went in and I was in awe and wonder. I had always loved crafting and sketching, but this was next level. All of the fun products and materials made me so excited. I spoke to the ladies there and I was inspired. I went home to tell my mom all about it and we went back together to get some supplies. I still have some of those supplies to this day, 20 years later. That winter I had my birthday celebration there and we all did a scrapbook class together where the products were supplied and it was so much fun! I was excited to discover a new way to showcase my photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, but without some context or documentation about the picture, the story behind the picture is lost. This is where scrapbooking came in for me. I got to use my artistic side, along with my love of photography to create artwork which showcased my cherished memories.This experience ingrained in me the importance and value of photography, especially the photos and moments shared with our loved ones.
Cherishing photos and memories of loved ones hits a whole new level when you lose someone you love. Upon that loss, the memories are strong, but over time they fade. I experienced this with the loss of my Grandmother at the age of 5. We lived with my Grandparents so she was like a Mother to me. Over time the memories of our time together faded, but I still felt her so close to my heart. She didn’t like pictures to be taken of her so there weren’t many, but the ones I had, I held dear. Therefore, I cherished all the photos I had of her to remember her by. Since then I have enjoyed taking pictures of my loved ones, to cherish their memory and story in different stages and seasons of life. As memories fade the stories are harder to remember so that’s when I realised that documenting along with photography is so important.
Fast forward 20 years and the birth of my children, my wild little loves, inspired me to start scrapbooking again. Entering into the world of scrapbooking or memory keeping so many years later was a challenge in that it had changed so much. I felt I had so much to learn and was excited for that new challenge. I discovered so many ways to document life, and was inspired by the new style of modern scrapbooking. It captured my heart for creativity. Documenting our life together has helped me cherish the special moments, seasons and stages I have had with my family.
We all have a story to tell, our stories are valuable and the people that are a part of those stories are important to remember. This is the story of my journey so far, and your journey matters too! I’d love to hear about your creative journey and how you got inspired to scrapbook or what got you to the creative outlet you do.
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