the three categories of scrap.

I had a revelation the other day. It was about the ins and outs of scrapbooking.

I took a moment to sit down with a stack of index cards and a notebook so I could write out several lists to get all the thoughts I was trying to keep track of out of my head and onto paper (so they would leave me alone). I was also thinking about paper scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking and the advantages and the disadvantages of each. That’s when it dawned on me that there are three categories of scrapbooking. Here they are:

  • Event Scrapbooking: These are pages about birthdays, holidays, vacations–any sort of major event you want to record to look back on in the future.
  • Memory Scrabooking: These are a different type of record keeping. They include such pages as silly things the kids do or say, a typical day in your family’s life, everyone’s favorite books. It’s not really about an event, per se; It’s about keeping track of memories.
  • Minutia Scrapbooking: This is the kind of scrapbooking that you do “just for the fun of it.” They include such things as pages on why Diet Coke is your favorite soda, diary-like entries on transitions in life, the details of what you did in the month of October.

Now, there is a lot of cross-over between Memory-keeping and Minutia-keeping pages. It’s a fuzzy line. Think of the distinction this way: if you were going to seal away your scrapbooked memories for 2007 in a time capsule and you could only include 30 pages, what would you pack? For me, while it may be interesting for future generations to see a page I made all about Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I’d rather them see a layout of the books we all liked in 2007. I would pack away the things that were about the grander schemes of life.

Now, when it comes to paper scrapbooking, I’m torn once again! I’d rather spend my time and money creating Memory pages. We don’t have the room to store all the pages I could create and the products I’d want to horde in order to create them. But I still want to make Minutia pages, too! Thankfully, I have a solution: Digital scrapbooking! And this also solves the question in my mind of what to do with all the digital freebies I’ve accumulated.

And now that I’ve discovered where my line in the sand lies, I feel very, very organized. Hooray!

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