Friday, August 20, 2010

Scrapbooking

   I finally finished the scrapbook from our trip to China.  It took almost a year, but it's done! 
   I love scrapbooking.  I like working with pictures and paper, re-living the memories they invoke, writing captions.  Since all my scrapbooks are about and for my girls, they are pretty much love letters with pictures.  I tend to work in phases, finishing a dozen pages in a couple of weeks and then not touching the books for two months.  Since Rachel came home, the work phases have been fewer and farther between.  I have each girl's latest scrapbook current to at least the first half of the summer.  I'll work on the rest this fall.
   Finishing the China scrapbook was one of my goals for the summer.  I knew it would be a huge project and it was.  It took a long time just to sort photos.  We had 4 adults and 4 cameras on our trip, including Granny, who takes pictures of pretty much everything.  Every evening I would go around and collect the memory cards from all the cameras.  On our biggest touring day I downloaded 495 photos!  There are thousands of pictures to choose from and sometimes it was hard to narrow down exactly which ones to use.  The final book has two volumes.  I had so much to show and say that it simply wouldn't fit into one book.  I am pleased with how it all turned out.  I have had so much fun re-living those two weeks!  The only sad thing is that hardly anyone ever sees my scrapbooks.  I hate to be obnoxious about showing them off, so really only close family members every see them.  So, if you ever have a sudden desire to see some pictures from China, let me know.  I'd be happy to show off my scrapbooks!

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