by Tami Taylor
This is the 6th installment of a project in which Tami embarks upon a year-long quest (inspired by the Julie/Julia Project) to use the Get It Scrapped! book and website to get some scrapbooking done. This month Tami’s focus is on Chapter 3 of Get It Scrapped: Get Everyday Life Scrapped.
Project 365 · POTD (Photo of the Day) · 12 on the 12th · A Week in the Life · 30 Days of Photos
There are a lot of fun ideas to get you taking photos of your everyday life. The problem is, it means more of those “around-the-house, hanging-out-with-friends, recording-the-garden’s-progress” photos. Aren’t those fun to scrap? If you are me you’re shaking your head no.
By and large they are my favorite type of photos. In my opinion they best capture my life and the life of my family. We go to events, we take vacations, we celebrate holidays, but in everyday life we just live. These photos express our personalities, our quirks. They expose us.
Check out this exposing layout of Debbie’s dresser. When I look at layouts like this, I imagine the response it will invoke. I see Debbie and her family looking through layouts 20 years from now and stopping when they see this. I imagine the stories her kids and husband will relate about specific items that were found on the dresser. At the very least, they will all have a good laugh at the fact the dresser still looks the same.
Everyone somewhat remembers vacations or events that took place. These are bigger moments, they are out of the routine of life. The routine things in life, the smaller stories are harder to remember. It’s the dresser that stands the chance of being forgotten. That’s why it’s important not only to take those photos regularly, but to document them. A photo a day is just a photo a day. If you don’t know the story, it’s not worth a 1000 words regardless of what Confucius says.
How do we get a simple photo of everyday life onto a scrapbook layout creatively and more importantly, meaningfully? Though the chapter is teeming with ideas and inspiration, I’ll just share my three favorite points in this chapter and how I used them in this layout (which I scrapped with Debbie’s April 2nd Sketch Bundle).
Journaling reads: Keagan has no problem expressing his emotions. He likes to make sure everyone knows when he’s sad, mad, or otherwise. Normally when he’s told no, he drops his shoulders and mopes away (of course looking back to make sure his audience is still watching) This time I told him ‘don’t walk away like that” So he stood there; shoulders dropped, pouty face and still looking around to make sure people were aware he was not happy about the answer.
- The story behind the story – In my journaling I made sure to include how Keagan normally walks off and looks back to make sure people are watching him pout. I wanted to include this story behind the story so when his wife looks at this layout she’ll know it isn’t an isolated incident.
- While it’s fresh – Face it, we scrapbookers are always going to have a backlog of layouts to-do. If you have the time, get the everyday photos done while they are fresh. Event photos are often accompanied by facts of the events and timelines of activities. These things can be scrapbooked later. Remembering this moment and scrapbooking it while it was fresh was fun. I smiled the entire time thinking about how funny Keagan was the other day just standing there waiting for someone to acknowledge he was pouting. And how much I laughed that for the first time in hours he picked that moment to
actually mind what his Mom said.
- Taking it for granted – What I’m about to say has been said a thousand times. It’s been paraphrased through this entire article. You cannot take these everyday moments for granted. I have five children, and if the experience of parenting five children has taught me anything it’s that every human being is unique. My kids are so different from each other, in their reactions, emotions and talents. Keagan is the only one that takes his pouting so seriously. If I don’t capture these nuances of life with Keagan who will? These things that are a regular occurrence can easily be forgotten entirely. Or more likely when I’m 80, I’ll forget which child used to have this flair for the dramatic.
This month let’s spend some time using some of those photos from our photo a day projects and capture our everyday life. I’m not saying every one, but some of those photos deserve to have their story told. When you get a layout done share it in our gallery and come share your ideas or frustrations in our forums.
Tami Taylor writes for Get It Scrapped!, teaches at Masterful Scrapbook Design and previously owned Creative Passion Classes.com. To learn more about Tami check out her blog, The Taylor Life.