Saturday, January 25, 2014

Why do I scrapbook?

I usually tell people that I am not into scrapbooking, but I have realised that I most definitely am a "scrapbooker" in the truest sense of the word.
While out walking this morning I was wondering who I could ring and ask "Hey, can you remember what you were doing on this day 50 years ago?"  Sadly, not many people came to mind.
I pulled out my Wedding Album and saw glimpses of a few friends and relatives but not a group photo of all who came.
very modest by today's standards
oh my !!!!!
Then I remembered my Scrapbooks - just that, those old fashioned scrapbooks that we buy now for the kids to scribble in.  Over the years I made one for every special birthday, enagement, wedding or birth, into which I pasted all the beautiful cards received, scraps of the lovely wrapping paper and ribbons, and usually a list of gifts received.  Pasted, filed and forgotten!  Until now!  I pulled out the Wedding one.
nothing special - just a covered scrapbook
Amazingly, the first half of the contents were still in situ but then as I turned each page the cards fluttered out at me.  Obviously the first batch of tape I used was far superior to the latter.  Yes, the pages have certainly turned yellow (mustard, actually), and there is no need for distressing here, but the cards and their messages are as clear as ever.  What a lovely reminder of work friends long lost, family and friends long gone, and yes, a couple where I just could not put a face to the name.  Ahh memories - very bitter sweet because I don't have anyone to share them with, but wonderful just the same. 
the invitations, printed by my Brother, are as crisp and lovely as ever
and the cards - love the one with the fan!
I decided a blog was in order to remind myself and others why I make scrapbooks. 
Just this last week I brought home two carrier bags with all of the Baby and Christening cards and paper to make a book for my Grandson.  I did wonder whether it was a waste of time, but this morning has shown me that perhaps it is not.
the next project to be scrapbooked
I hope you have enjoyed my walk back in time and hope you have a lovely day on this 50th anniversary of my wedding.
PS.   Yes, in case you were wondering, I did re-affix all the errant cards.  Used double sided tape - I don't think it will have to last another 50 years!


Christine Blain said...

Thank you for sharing your memories of this very special day with us, Mary. I love your post. I hope you are flooded with many more happy than sad memories today. xx

Christine Blain said...

PS: 50 years?? Surely you were a child bride!!

ATeam Mum said...

Definitely not a waste of your time. Your daughter is a hoarder of memories too; maybe not a scrapbook, but a diary writer and prolific photo taker. Love you Mum!

Mary said...

Thank you Christine - I have been telling people for years that I was a child bride!

Mary said...

Thank you Susan - I hope you still feel like that when you are left with the job of clearing out my memories!! you may need a skip!

Just Me and My Shadow said...

Ahhh Mary, love your post. So nice to have all those memories. Isn't it nice to look back on.
Thanks for sharing your memories.
Chrissie x