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My Advice to You

by Steph on 19 June 2012
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I have a lot of friends that I have convinced to start scrapbooking their memories digitally. They always ask me, “What’s the best advice you can give a newbie like me?” Well, I have been doing this digital thing for over four years now, and the best advice I can give is journal, journal, journal. I know, I know…not what you wanted to hear, right? But I can honestly say that looking back four years ago, not journaling and dating every page is my biggest regret. Sure, I have some pages with questionable composition, and some really scary shadows, but those things don’t bug me. What I hate, is looking at a picture with smiling, laughing faces, and not knowing what was so funny at the time.. Maybe you have a much better memory then I, but I wish so many times that I would have written it all down. I can’t tell you how many times my little boy has wanted to “read” a scrapbook for his bedtime story. He loves looking at old pictures, and his favorite thing is to hear the stories that accompany the LOs. I’ll admit, not every photo has a long story, but if there is something you think you will remember..You wont. Write it down!

Take the LO below- the journaling is about this old ice cream machine that my husband HAD to have. An old crank one. Something about how it tastes better then the electric ones. Anyway, I think it’s a great story, fun to write down and something my kids and grandkids will hopefully enjoy reading-especially when my hubby is still making ice cream from that ancient machine 40 years from now!

{Kit is Icee Sweet coming out 6/20 by your truly…AKA ScrappyCocoa…AKA me}

I hope this has inspired you to try your hand at journaling. Even if it’s only a line or two! Tell your story! And because I love ya, and it’s been a while, I turned my LO into a QP Freebie! Enjoy! DL HERE

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1 SnickerdoodleDesigns 20 June 2012 at 1:53 am

Oh, I’ve got to agree with hubby here! NOTHING like ice cream made from the old wooden ice cream buckets! We used to have one that looked just about like the one in your photos! The page would have lost a bit without that story!! Great reminder about the importance of telling the story, Steph!


2 RetiredPJ 20 June 2012 at 7:55 pm

Why does the old machine make better ice cream? It’s the same ingredients… The quick page is very cute – thank you!


3 Rabbitrun 21 June 2012 at 1:42 am

I still have my hand crank one as well as one from my grandparents. I can remember cutting up fresh peaches and mixing in the cram and sugar and then the salt and ice on the outside and turning and turning and turning. But it was worth every bit of work, especially if the boys did it! lol


4 Mary 27 July 2012 at 7:52 pm

I agree. The one we used when I was a child made the best ice cream. Now you’re making me want to find one too. :O)


5 Mary 27 July 2012 at 7:55 pm

Also, I wanted to add that journaling is SO important. It helps one remember all the details of the moment, the ones that you tend to forget over time.


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