Today I thought I’d share a real life example of what I think is one of the most important we should all adhere to. You may remember I had two projects planned for this month– A 30 Day Gratitude Journal/Album and a Thanksgiving Day Album. Well, it’s down to one. My Thanksgiving Album is totally on- it’s simple and quick after the initial prep.

But, can we talk about the other one? It isn’t going to happen. The first of this month I was still in the throes of a bout with the headaches that I have. It is what it is, but let’s just say there were some really not so pleasant weeks. I try my best to make the best of that time anyway. I hate letting my headaches keep me down. But as you saw in my A Week in the Life Album, I still have to give days away to my headache.

Scrapbooking Tips: Scrapbooking should be Guilt Free

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So, as November and the Gratitude project rolled around, I didn’t get to create the pages that I wanted to do at least every couple of days. A few days, rolled into a week, and then two- and then I decided to scrap the whole project. I mean like throw it out, not scrapbook. I can’t say as I threw it all out with the bath water- I’ve still tried to focus on at least one thing I’ve been grateful for and I’ve taken pictures as possible. But, I wanted my journaling to reflect my thoughts in the moment. I could go back and write the journaling about how thankful I was getting to watch a class about Instagram- but writing it now still wouldn’t be the same as what I remembered in that moment.

I have some pictures.

Layouts! My print order in the mailbox always makes me giddy. I can’t help it. I had to take a picture of course!


That smile. This man- who came in from hunting to go to Bass Pro and coat shopping (with a new adventure in Shreveport to a new to us mall where we learned more of the city.) And his love for his cell phone. Seriously, I never would have imagined. I shop, he watches hockey videos. This one may go into a layout later . . . I have another picture of him watching hockey videos while I shopped.


That this guy was just a lizard- she (there was also a smaller lizard and I like imagining it’s mom and child) scared me a tag when she scurried away from the bedding I was pulling got the bed but once I realized she wasn’t a snake, it wasn’t too bad.


Yeah, I know. I could. I could scrapbook it still. I could go back and do it. But, here’s the thing. I don’t have to.

I am a big believer in scrapbooking what you want and not worrying about the rest. Seriously. It has to be one of the most important scrapbooking tips. So, in this instance, I’m just gonna choose not to. Do I feel a little guilt about an unfinished project? yeah a little. I hate that. I’m not always good about it projects away and I hate when I set out to do something and don’t. But, in the grand scheme of things this one didn’t matter. Ultimately, the desired effect is still there. I’m still thinking about the many blessings God has given me each day- they just aren’t making it into this specific project album.

I am grateful I don’t have to scrapbook it.

Now, that guilt is something I’ve pretty much let go of. There was a time I felt guilty because I didn’t have any desire to scrapbook my wedding pictures, a birthday party, or a Christmas. That’s what you are supposed to do, right? Not so. You can scrapbook anything you want to and you don’t have to scrapbook the rest. Or a vacation, isn’t that what you are supposed to do too? gosh darn it I don’t want to do 30 layouts about my trip to Tennessee and then Arkansas. I don’t have to. You can, if it’s your thing. I’ll enjoy seeing your pages. But for me, I’d rather scrapbook a few moments from that trip and maybe do one layout overview- or not. In fact, I like that this layout here is actually three trips in one- moments and the reason why all three trips co-mingle in my mind- that thing about big rivers we don’t have in Texas. . .


Journaling Reads: There’s always been something about the Mississippi. I think originally it was all those Mark Twain stories and the movies I saw as a child- because I really can’t say that I ever thought much about it on our trips to Florida- through Baton Rouge. But, ever since we started traveling to Tennessee, it has mesmerized me. It (like the Arkansas River we cross in Little Rock) is just so much bigger than anything we have here in Texas. You know, like it can carry ships! I know it sounds silly, but it’s just not something we see here. And I suppose ships are just one of those things for me- I always watch them coming into the port in Corpus Christi. Maybe it’s the freedom in the water- the ability to travel and follow wherever you are led. I don’t know. But this year, it seems we indulged in our fascination with these larger rivers. It started with Lucero. Doesn’t it all these days. It really, I suppose was all about Lucero. We had to explain who were were seeing in Fayetteville and we explained that Ben’s brother made movies- i.e. Mud. So, we got to introduce Aunt Marie and Uncle Jim to Jeff Nichols movies. After Mud, Aunt Marie told us a gem- and it was on like donkey kong. She told us about the ferry that crosses the Mississippi in Kentucky. We looked it up and it wasn’t like it was “that far” out of the way from our trip to Fayetteville. So, we went for it. I can imagine it might be a means to crossing this big river that won’t be around forever. And it was cool to experience it from the water- to cross it as it lapped the ferry. (And of course I got to see the boot hill of my favortist state! Total Bonus!) And then came Ben’s solo show in Memphis- and Roy’s posts of Mud Island on Instagram. So, when we went to Memphis, we were sure to check out Mud Island and explore more of the Mississippi- including the long, winding replica. It’s just so hard to fathom how big the Mighty Mississippi is. And, yeah, that Arkansas River- well, I got to spend a little time along it that same month. Ben Nichols- again! He had a solo show just off the river in Little Rock. It was a quick trip but after Cody and I walked a little of it that night, I decided to get up extra early just to explore it. There’s just something about these “ginormous” rivers that intrigues me- that makes me want to explore more. Supplies: Gina Cabrera, House of Three, Jen Wilson, Cinzia Designs, Karen Lewis, Cathy Zielske


But, I really like scrapbooking other things. And I shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to scrapbook pages I enjoy scrapbooking and not the ones I don’t enjoy as much.

What causes you guilt in scrapbooking?

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

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