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That indoor hobby

Recently I decided to excavate a path through all the clutter and general life debris in our office in order to have access to my scrapbook stuff again, and man alive, I’m hooked! I thought it would be harder to find time for stuff like this when I have a kid, but in a way, it’s become easier – I no longer have time to sit and hem and haw and try to find that elusive perfect piece of paper or whatever. Now I just grab whatever is close by, and don’t stress if my margins aren’t totally even. I’m a recovering perfectionist!

Another thing being shorter on time has made me think about is which stories I choose to tell. Right now I’m focusing on Nora’s baby album, our vacation album, and my own life lessons/paper Prozac/personal stories album.

I Hiked This

That’s where this one will go, part 162 of Ingunn Slowly (Really Slowly) Realizes That She Can Do Hard Things (my Beat the Blerch page will be installment 163). I’ve documented the gloriousness that is the Enchantments several times before from backpacking trips, so this time I just picked one favorite photo and let the others be.

Remember This

I think this is one of my favorite pages ever, not for looks, but for content – this will probably be the last page of Nora’s baby album and is full of little details I want to remember of her at one year old. She changes so quickly, and I’m sure half of these things will disappear from my memory in a year or so.

One thing I haven’t figured out how to document is Nora’s hiking. A separate Nora the Explorer album? Or just a yearly summary spread with additional pages for special hiking stories? Hmm.

Here & Her

I originally thought this page was for her baby album (or her hiking album, I guess), but then I realized it actually belongs in my life lessons album. The lines are blurry there.

Baby, Scrapbooking

The beginnings of a baby album

I’m finally getting started on a baby album for Nora! Except that it’s really for me…and since most of the photos and happenings are being documented in photo books, I’m free to be all sorts of self-indulgent and just scrapbook exactly what I want to in this album.

It’s also a great place to store all the actual scraps, like the prettified, non-official birth certificate we got at the hospital, ultrasound photos, and the chart from Nora’s first week of life where we noted every single feeding and diaper change (looking at that thing now, I understand why I can’t remember much from those zombie newborn weeks).

I finally got the birth story written down! I’ve never made a layout with quite this much writing on it before, but then again, it wasn’t your ordinary day. The tab with the little camera on it can be pulled to reveal the more, uhm, private photos from that whole experience.

On the night you were born

I’ve been hoarding baby scrapbook products for years, but apparently I’m sticking to my old flower tricks on these. Oh well. The text on this one is from what JK calls his Nora song, Light by Sleeping at Last.

Our Nora

…and that page functions as a sort-of-two-pager with this one, where I gush about this amazing little lady of ours. I’m guessing that will be the main theme of this album – gushing. Because come on, she’s the best.

Such a happy day


More scrapbooking, sort of

Oops, I got ahead of myself with that last scrapbooking post and forgot to include my best, easiest, laziest idea – an *insert your holiday of choice* card album! I simply kept a Christmas card for myself, wrote down the highlights of the year, and voilĂ , 2014 summed up on one card. It’s even easier if you’re organized enough to print a summary of the year onto the cards you’re sending out to your family and friends, something I intend to do next year.

Christmas card album

Now I just need to find a 5×7 album with sleeves that will let you see the back and front of each card, and it’ll turn into a very cool scrapbook in ten years or so. Aaw, it’ll be so cute to see Nora grow from year to year! Oh, and I need to keep making Christmas cards every year. Hmm. Nothing could possibly go wrong with this plan…


Scrapbooking, sort of

Once Nora started napping by herself and I suddenly had time for luxurious activities such as feeding myself and going to the bathroom, I decided it was time to do something with the bajillion photos we’re taking these days. We’re making so many memories every day now, but there’s no way I’m going to remember much of this period at all unless I print photos and write, write, write.

Side note for new parents: shoot lots of video! I had no idea Nora would change so fast in the beginning, and we really don’t have much footage from when she was this brand new, ridiculously tiny little thing. She’s four and a half months now, and I can’t even remember what it was like to hold her back then.

Unfortunately, naptime isn’t quite long enough for me and my slow-scrappin’ ways, so I’m embracing other methods of memory keeping.

One of my favorite Christmas presents was this little notebook from my brother and his girlfriend, containing a greeting from my heroine of all things outdoorsy, Cecilie Skog. This notebook deserved a better fate than being a space for me to write my mundane to-do lists, so it’s now officially my special Nora & mamma book. I’m filling it with my favorite photos of the two of us together (and that one photo from when I ran into Cecilie Skog at the airport) and jotting down special memories.

This book really is just for me, so I don’t have to worry about making my handwriting legible (it rarely is, thanks to computers) or gluing the photos straight. I love this little album already.

Lazy scrapbooking

When we took Nora to Mount Rainier in November, we made sure to get her a National Park Passport and stamp it to document her first visit. Instead of buying the sticker that’s supposed to go below the stamps, I pasted a photo from our trip. If I (and eventually she) keeps this up for every park she visits, this is going to be one cool little passport to have.

I should probably include that dopey photo of Nora stamping in it, too. Heehee.

Nora's first National Park passport stamp! Lazy scrapbooking

Last but not least, I’m officially hooked on photo books. I’ve made some that are just photos and little notes about Nora, one vacation album, and a couple of books where I just used content from my blog. So easy to make (I do it while catching up on Norwegian tv shows), and they take up way less space than scrapbook albums. Bonus: print extras, and you’ll be set for Christmas presents for the grandparents!

Lazy scrapbooking

At some point – when naps are longer or Nora is in college – I will make a traditional scrapbook from her first year (and use up all those adorable baby scrapbooking products I’ve been hoarding for years), but for now, this works just fine.

Scrapbooking, Travel

A new album in the works

Vacation scrapbooking is my favorite scrapbooking, and also something I think I’ll love to look back on when I’m old, decrepit, and housebound. So I’ve decided to make a compilation album of all the big vacations JK and I have taken as a couple – our Poland right after we started dating, Turkey, our honeymoon in India, and then a whole bunch of wonderful trips to Hawai’i, the Southwest, and various National Parks. I’ll probably also add my vacations with the girls and JK’s school/nerd contest-related trips to China and Brazil.

But first, St. John, the best of them all. Man, I really loved that island. I’ll make one spread of highlights (or single page, depending on the amount/quality of our old photos and how they fit together) for each trip and arrange them chronologically.

Hopefully I’ll end up with an album stuffed full of excellent memories that span a whole (relationship’s) lifetime.