Did you ever have a hobby that you really loved, and then one day you realize you haven't done it in at least six years? That happened to me this weekend. I was cleaning out a closet, on the never-ending search for extra storage in our house. It was my scrapbooking closet, the space I was so excited to have when we bought this place. Everything was covered in dust.
I started looking through the items I had stored. I am a saver, completely sentimental about the silliest little things. I found the post-it that my husband had originally written his email and phone number on so many years ago. I had asked him for some computer advice that I "needed" that day. I must have known then that he was going to be really important in my life. How could I ever throw this piece of paper away?
So I pulled everything out of the closet, and started looking through each drawer in my storage cart. I noticed that I stopped printing pictures around 2009. In this digital age, it is so easy to create everything online. However, I have this space between 2005- 2009 where I hadn't scrapbooked anything, but had all of these pictures neatly organized into envelopes.
I had to make a decision about all of this stuff I had taking up valuable space in my shrinking house. I thought that I could quickly scan all of the pictures and make a digital album, but I have so much cardstock, and so many stickers. I used to have so much fun creating. I should try to go back and scrap all of this. Why is it that the scrapbook stores that I used to frequent have gone out of business. Wait, does anyone still scrapbook anymore? Am I pursuing a dying hobby? Maybe I don't really care.
So I have the summer. It is only May now. Can I scrap the rest of the pictures I have printed out so all of this paper doesn't end up in a yard sale? To be honest, I still haven't finished creating my album from our trip to Europe last summer, and that is totally digital. I expect this to be quite an undertaking, but I feel like I have so much money invested in materials, I at least have to give it a try. And so many memories of the life my husband and I have built together. I want to make sure it is all documented. Every magical second counts.