So this past week I printed out probably 300 pictures to put in a photo album. I haven't printed pictures out in like, a year, so yeah, I had a lot to do! I've always had this idea in my head of a list of things I've wanted done, or to do, or to be doing as a mother that I have not been doing. Well, I am about to be a mother in 5 1/2 short months so now seems like as good a time as any to get started on my list! Although I have always admired scrapbooks and loved the idea of having scrapbooks, scrapbooking has never been something that I wanted to do. I don't get enjoyment from planning my layouts and putting everything together. But I do like the look of them, so when I heard about this sort of scrapbooking called Project Life, I knew it was something that I wanted to do. There are colorful albums that are like 3-ring binders that you buy plastic sleeves that have different sized slots to put in your pictures and also the kit cards that you get. I haven't had the passion to keep an album up-to-date but with my birthday on Sunday, I was tired of another year past by that I still had not completed an album.
After I printed all the pictures, I sat down on my couch to begin writing the names of everyone in each picture along with the dates of the picture. It was really tedious and took a long time, around 5 or 6 hours but also with interruptions. I kept having to remind myself of the importance of why I was doing this. If anybody finds these pictures and they may be out of the album or something and I want whoever finds it can know who the picture is and when it was.
On Sunday afternoon, Autumn came over and we crafted a little while and that was a lot of fun. With the pictures all named and dated, my next step was to put them in all the sleeves for the album. I got all the way from October of last year to the beginning of February of this year which I think is a good accomplishment! Once I finish with all of the pictures, I plan to go back and insert all the cards and stuff into the sleeves. While I was doing that, Autumn was working on her first quilt! We are calling it a "post-it" quilt because that's what she used as a pattern for cutting out her squares. Clever, right? I thought so :). It is fun watching it come together and watching it grow. I think she might use it as a baby quilt or something. I'm planning to work on my pictures again after work and it will probably be just me, but I am looking forward to having another "crafternoon" sometime!