What’s Possible?

Back in the Day

Sometimes, I think about how hard it might be for me if I was newly interested in memory keeping. Even if I wanted to bring my journal writing together with my photos, how would I find out more? Would I search under photo journal, scrapbook, or paper crafts? Would I look for online communities? And, if did all of that, how would I know what was possible in terms of projects, techniques, or outcomes? How would I choose what to do, how to do it, and what form that would take?

I think it was an easier path back when I began. My mom supplied me with albums to fill, paid for my prints, and provided an example through the albums she made for my brothers, sisters, and me. There were some "scraps" in those books⁠—newspaper clippings, post cards, announcements, and so on—so it wasn't much of a stretch to see how poetry, artwork, and my journal writing would fit into the albums I made for myself.

So Much Has Changed

Over the last 30+ years, however, a lot has changed. For the most part, we have traded film for bits via digital cameras, we've ditched snapshot and DSLR cameras for phone cameras, we take a lot more photographs, curate them while we take them, and share our images through social media more often then we print them. We improved our albums and supplies, too, making them archival safe for our photos and words. Likewise, we brought together some amazing tools and techniques to improve the overall design and appeal of our album pages and sped up the documentation process through pocket scrapbooking. Then, the industry grew in a massive way, inducing product reviews and demonstrations to become an integral part of the hobby. Also, we began getting together in large groups for crops, conferences, and classes at our local stores, hotels, and convention centers. As a result, we created huge crafting communities which migrated to the internet in the early 2000s, expanding them on a global scale.

More + Bigger

To me, memory keeping seems to have become both a more and a bigger sort of venture. I have to think that this makes it both elusive and overwhelming to newcomers. In some ways, it feels elusive to me as an "old timer."

Let's Do this Together!

Let's devote the next few weeks (via Let's Do this Together! community topic) to the question: What is possible? As we untangle it all, I just bet we'll come up with some super-helpful and insightful ideas that a newcomer would find valuable and inspiring. Likewise, I have a feeling some of us "old timers" will find it valuable and inspiring.


Here's my take on the community question (what are your top 5 to 10 tools for memory keeping projects?).


I'd Love to Hear from You 🙂

Since I see us on this journey to master memory keeping together, I'd like to hear your thoughts. So, let's chat about:

  • Your thoughts and feelings about the post (above)
  • What your're doing this week related to memory keeping
  • Your take on the weekly "Let's Do This Together! challenge

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