Hi, I’m Lydia the scrapbooker behind Crafting My Stories. I created this blog as a home for my creative work and my personal platform to share my work and thoughts on modern memory keeping, being enough and the ongoing struggle to stay in my creative sweet spot.
A few years ago, I was overwhelmed and realized that I rarely scrapbooked anymore. I had a big beautiful room of my own just for crafting and scrapbooking and I wasn’t really using it. There were many reasons. My boys had set up a nerf gun shooting range right outside my door – that was LOUD! Our evenings and weekends became busier and busier. I had inherited boxes of photos that I didn’t know the stories for. Rather than motivating me to get my stories told, I became discouraged. I also reorganized my layouts from subject-based albums to chronological albums. The gaps in my storytelling were glaring to me. I had told lots of quirky stories of moments but had avoided some of the bigger and deeper stories. Eventually, I was only scrapbooking at weekend crops with friends.
Last year, I decided that something had to change. I started taking steps to get back to scrapbooking regularly. I had a big mess to clear out of my way in my craft room, so I started there. I still have too many photos to organize and keyword. I have a pile of layouts to add dates and journaling to before putting them into albums. And I have a few years with no stories told at all. There’s a lot of work to do. It’s time to get started.
This blog is my way to document the process and share what I’m learning about organizing my stash and keeping it to a manageable size, my workflow, organizing the thousands of digital photos I’ve accumulated, storytelling techniques for getting the meaningful stories into my albums. I hope it helps you, too.