One of the best things I did when I started thinking about scrapbooking and memory keeping was to open a word document on my computer and start making notes.
I took notes on what happened in our lives, and what I thought about it. I wrote little things the kids said. I took photos that corresponded with those thoughts, and then .... often nothing would come of them. Nothing would get put together, and I began to question my interest in the whole matter.
The photos and words in this layout are from five years ago, but I only just put it all together this weekend.
This is a brand new layout I made in virually no time, by referencing what I wrote that snowy Febuary of 2007. The difference in what it might have been and what it actually became has entirely to do with the perspective of those notes. Without reading that old document these memories would have been lost, and these photos would simply be random snowy day images without a point of view.
The twill ribbon and 'winter joy' bit are free downloads designed by Ali Edwards, available on her site. The snowflake punch is from Paper Source.
There are gaps in my writing. Big gaps. But I'm resuming the practice of typing a few words here and there when something strikes me.
I showed this layout to the kids today. They didn't remember any of it. Glad I wrote something down.