Emily Falconbridge is a free spirited creative soul who has been working as a writer and designer in the scrapbook industry for years. Her love for photographs and creating began when she was very young and she loves to used mixed media in her scrapbooks and play around with new techniques. She is mama to 3 and you can catch up with her here.

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A Year in Your Life

Yay you! It’s a new year, full of optimism, fresh possibilities and very good intentions. This is going to be your most amazing year ever, because it is yours and you will make it amazing! If 2007 plans to be as sneaky as 2006 and speed by without warning, now is the time to take action – remember the events, people, places and thoughts from your year.

I have high hopes of sticking to my regular journal writing goal set for the year, as well as weekly art journaling (check out my blog to join in my year long art journal challenge www.embers.typepad.com), learning some new creative skills, exercising, reading more, being more patient with my family, being a better friend….phew, I’m getting tired already! When will I squeeze in some scrapbook time to document the learning and growth my family goes through this year? By formulating a plan for a 2007 album, I can hopefully record the happenings and developments of the year in a simple and creative way, and have something worthwhile and enjoyable to look back on at the end of the year.

When my daughter turned two, I decided it was time to make up for my serious lack of organization from her babyhood (think random scrapbook pages thrown into a busting at the seams album with no order or recollection of what happened when!). While I have always embraced the fact that I am ‘unconventional’ (some may say chaotic, messy or away with the fairies but I beg to differ) I did wish that I had written down baby development, knew how old she was in baby pictures etc etc. As much as I love non-chronological scrapbooking, in the case of her first year – it would have been nice.

So – her 2nd year.

I decide to be kind to myself and not expect too much. This is me, after all, planning a scrapbook, I need to take baby steps in these unchartered waters. I choose a small (but not too small) 9×9 album with a cute fabric cover. I create a label for the bookplate on front (don’t want to forget what I’m doing here folks), and an ‘intro’ page for the very first page in the book. A cute photo of her having just turned two, and a little description as to what will be found inside the album (again, writing it down here may actually ensure it happens!). Each month in her 1 2nd little year of life will have a double page dedicated to it. As the month goes by and I get photos printed off, I slip them into the sheet protectors and have scraps of paper stuffed in there too with reminders of special things that we did during the month, developmental milestones, funny things she said and did. Most months I was good and scrapbooked those pages pretty much on time. Don’t be too shocked though – towards the end of the year I got lazy and had a few months to catch up on to finish the album! I love that this book contains a snapshot into her entire year – and that I can quickly flick and see how much she changed from two to three!

This year, I plan to do the same thing again, and I am hoping that as well as my big, fat, chaotic family scrapbooks I will be able to do this for my child/ren each year, nothing too fancy or time consuming – but a little look into their life in the year.

Who knows, I may even go crazy and do one for myself one year. I am also tempted to do a small ‘falconbridge family 2007’ in the same format for things we did each month this year. Yes, I think I will!

So make your plan…set a goal! Don’t be too hard on yourself – if you have lots of kids perhaps do 6×6 albums with one photo on one page, and some journaling on the other. Or do one large album for all of them together. It’s easy to create folders in your computer to file photos from each month, and try jotting down some notes at the end of each month on your computer, or carry a small notebook with you to scribble away while waiting in traffic, waiting for an appointment, waiting to pick up kids…basically – waiting of any kind is great thinking and note taking time! Resize kids artwork, save ticket stubs, newspaper headings – any ephemera from your daily life, take notice of the cute and funny things the kids say to one another…it’s all part of your world, your unique story – no matter how mundanc it may seem from day to day. It’s what makes you you, and that is worth remembering, don’t you think?

I’m off to organize! Let’s see how long I can last…

Emily

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