We are Steph and Angie - sisters who love to scrapbook. We don't know design, we aren't color experts and we usually only get to scrapbook a few times a year. But, we love our families and scrapbooking our memories with them so here we are!

We'll try not to bog you down with long supply lists and explanations (half the time we can't remember what we used or it's such old stuff that you'd never find it anywhere anyway!)

Please feel free to "scrap-lift" any of our ideas that strike your fancy, and if you are a scrapbooker with your own blog, please link back to us!

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Verdict

My last batch of pages brought me to the end of 2014 for each of my kids.  As I mentioned before, I've been struggling with if and how I want to continue scrapbooking and finally decided to give pocket pages a try.

Pros:
SPACE-SAVING. I think I could fit two or even three year's worth of photos in a ring binder with pocket pages
FUN - the few pages I made so far were really fun and easy to make.  I kept it SO simple, just one collection of ProjectLife cards and no additional embellishments.  I tried not to stress over photo placement and didn't spend a lot of time making it "perfect", and that was rather freeing.
FAST - To start with, I just ordered photos from January 2015 and made a couple practice pages.  I loved how quick and easy it went.  I had kept notes in a small notebook during the month as I snapped pictures just to help me remember the details.  I used those notes when it came time to do my journal blocks. 
BRAINLESS - With the notes I took to help with journaling, throwing the pages together was a breeze.  I did my first set while watching a movie with Jesse because it took so much less concentration that putting together a traditional 12x12 spread.

Cons:
I found no cons that had to do with the pocket page album itself.  The only drawbacks bothering me had to do with the loss of my traditional 12x12 scrapping.  If I truly did stop doing those albums for each kid, I would have stopped with Bekah at 10, Scott at 8 and Alarik at 3 1/2.  That doesn't seem fair to my overly-concerned-with-fairness self.  But the biggest factor was that when faced with the thought of really not scrapping in that fashion any longer, I found that I would miss it too much.  I LOVE my scrapping days and weekends with my sister, mom and friend, even if they are only two or three times a year.  If I only had a couple months worth of pocket pages to work on, I'd be bored and would probably be assigned kitchen duty for the weekend.  :)  And my kids LOVE their albums.  They ask to look through them often and will even choose one of them in place of a bedtime story some nights. 

So, they may be bulky and I'm still doing three types of memory-keeping (traditional scrapbooks, pocket page albums and journals) but my decision has been to keep on with each child's individual albums and to replace blogging and photo albums with pocket page albums.

Since that first month, I have ordered prints two more times.  I think I will probably stick to ordering prints every three months, just so that I don't get too far behind.  I haven't been as good about keeping notes as I was at first so I don't want to get too far out and forget things that I wanted to journal about.

If you've been on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what I would decide...now you know! 

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