Do you ever get that awful sinking feeling imaging if your iPhone got wiped and those thousands of personal, family photos you never quite get round to backing up got deleted? I've an iPhone 4 that has about three Christmases worth of photos on it, literally thousands that I haven't backed up. I try to reassure myself that I've enough of a breadcrumb trail of uploads on here, Facebook, Instagram etc. There's no way I could afford to print, or even store the amount of photos I take these days.
So a compromise is to create a snapshot of days out, by Scrapbooking.
When Michael was little, I picked up a photo album in TK Maxx in the bargain section, and started Scrapbooking. I kept the odd nursery scribbling, tickets to events we would go to, that sort of thing. I think I got two books filled, then it tailed off.
Here are a couple of examples of those first books.
Now that we are starting our first summer as just a twosome, I've decided to start Scrapbooking again, to keep a record of our memories to pour over once Michael has flown the nest some day.
I bought this lovely paper in Tiger in Dundalk (http://www.tigerstores.co.uk) and I think I'll pick up some more when we are down in a couple of weeks' time again.
The scrapbook is actually a photo album from Easons. It has dividers for photos, but they can be separated to slide the full page of paper in instead. It was a hefty £15.99, but TK Maxx didn't have anything suitable either.
The backing paper is a little too big, but I used the off cuts to make a pretty paper chain for the kitchen.
While I have mentioned Tiger, I must sing its praises. Until yesterday I didn't know it even existed, never mind not knowing that there was a shop out there that sold everything in my taste ever. I literally could decorate the whole house from just that store. I can't wait to visit again and pick up more goodies.
This Tealight bottle was something crazy like just €2. The felt bowl I bought to keep tea lights in was a similar price.
Their cards and postcards are two for €1 and I picked up this holographic bird and orange frame.
This was my entire haul, but I will be back, and with a bigger basket! The Eames' atomic over-the-door hanger was just €4 MADNESS!