How do you store memories?
A few months after my eldest was born I went on a play-date with a former colleague who had given birth to her child some months before. Kate was an art teacher herself and I will always be grateful to her for the advice she gave me then. After comparing notes on sleep deprivation, feeding schedules and wondering how we’d cope when we returned to work, our talk turned to other topics.
She casually asked me how I was going with my scrapbooking. Seeing my blank face she explained she’d been keeping a scrapbook of photos and notes of her little boy since he was born.
I asked to see it and she pulled out a big black art book. In it she had placed photos with loving captions, little notes and even newspaper clippings of things that had happened on certain dates that coincided with the photos she had taken.
She’d used a thick gold marker to write in it and being far more artistic that I could ever be, she’d even done some gorgeous pen and ink sketches of her baby while he was sleeping and put them in as well.
I hadn’t even contemplated doing anything like that. I had vague thoughts of setting up a photo album but nothing more than that. After seeing her book I ditched that plan and copied her instead. 7 years later I am proud to say I have gone through quite a few black art books.
In them I have photos of the offspring documenting birthdays, playdates, cooking in the kitchen and all the usual things that make up family life. I also love those scrapbooking stalls they sometimes have at local shops and buy the stickers from them to decorate them even more.
These days I know lots of people have scrapbooks that are actual works of art and I must admit to a feeling of envy. But I simply wouldn’t know where to start in putting one together. My next project is doing a photo book of my kids. I think I’m going to do one with a party theme and document all the birthday parties I’ve had for them. That way when they are teenagers and shout that I never do anything for them I’ll have proof that I did!
How do you store memories of your kids?