Years ago, a friend invited me to a Creative Memories scrapbooking party. My first response? Absolutely not. I didn't have time to scrapbook, I wasn't "creative", and I had no idea where to even start with the mountain of pictures I had stored in boxes.
She eventually wore me down and I told her I would go, but I was not going to have fun. Famous last words.
This is a picture of the very first scrapbook page I made that night.
Nothing fancy, and definitely not very creative, but I had so much fun and I loved how it turned out. I was hooked, and within a few months I signed up to be an advisor for Creative Memories. I enjoyed teaching their message that "moments with family and friends are worth sharing, remembering and cherishing".
Over the course of several years I hosted parties and workshops, and loved sharing my interest in creating hands on, paper scrapbooks that could be enjoyed by generations. During that time I created dozens of scrapbooks of my own, and they have become treasured family possessions.
Eventually the world of cell phone pictures and digital storage took over, and Creative Memories wasn't able to stay current. The company went up for sale and languished for many years. Recently, however, they were purchased by a small company with an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of the original mission.
Creative Memories has relaunched with a limited release of their original high quality coversets, refill pages and protectors. They have also added a new line, called Ahni & Zoe, which features Fast2Fab Albums featuring pre-printed pages that can be completed in an hour or two. Everything is available in both the 12 x 12 and 8 x 8 sizes.
I know that all of us lead very busy lives, and it's so much easier to organize our photos on the computer and back them up to look at later. But believe me, nothing beats holding a physical scrapbook, with printed photographs, written in your handwriting. My boys still love to look through the books I've made.
Where to start? That's always the hardest part. I recommend creating a "year in review" scrapbook from 2014. The memories are fresh and the pictures will be easy to find. If you discover it's something you enjoy, you can look through your photos and make a plan from there. Not every picture or event needs to be scrapbooked!
I'm very happy to be partnering with Creative Memories again. If you have any questions about getting started or want more information, visit their website or leave me a comment.
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