Close your eyes. (Okay, read this and then close your eyes.) Why do you want to start/continue a scrapbook? What would it look like? Would it be simple or elaborate? Big or small, thick or thin? Would it cover one special event, one yearly tradition, one person, one hobby, or be a whole mess of stuff mixed up together?
I read a few blogs & magazines about scrapbooking (and I'm no stranger to idea books, either), but it seems to me they mostly assume that everyone has the same goal: lots of pages, lots of albums.
Remember my philosophy of not overcreating? It definitely applies here. It means to me that when my kids move into their first apartment, they will have a few (treasured) albums about their childhood to take with them. I remember cleaning out my parents' house, my childhood home, when it was sold, and although it would have been nice to have more than five pages of my baby book filled in, I was also thankful I didn't have four more boxes of stuff to cart away. Think of Ma Ingalls here and her shepherdess figurine. Think of Maurice Sendak: There must be more to life than having everything.
Starting tomorrow, I'll fill you in on my method to the scrapbooking madness. I'll show my children's albums, but my ideas can be adapted in any number of ways. (I'll give you ideas for plenty of other albums too!) Today, think about why you want to scrapbook & what you hope to accomplish. Set a goal.
And take a look at my new etsy site (at top of right sidebar)!