Heart of the Home

| August 2005

A Letter From Kate

Dear Readers,

Scrapbooks are a great way of recording the important moments and memories of one's life. Although the methods of making scrapbooks have changed dramatically, it is obvious that they are still important pieces of memorabilia.

While I've never kept an actual scrapbook, I have made it a point to preserve most of my precious memories in some form. It started when I received a diary when I was about 12. I kept it faithfully for a few weeks, then I began writing only once a week or so, then it dwindled to once a month, then not at all.

I found that I enjoyed taking photographs much more. I began taking pictures of all kinds of things - my family, our pets, my dolls, etc. My mother gave me a large album to contain my photos. I filled it just as I was starting high school, so I got a new album and began filling it. Thus, many of the important events of my teenage years are recorded in these books. There were many more photo albums to follow.

A few years ago, a friend invited me to a scrapbooking party, where we learned about new techniques and products that are used to make scrapbooks more creative and interesting. I bought some of the items, and for a short time, I incorporated some of the new methods in my photo albums. I got about halfway through making labels for the photos in one of my books, and then I moved on to some other project.

Unfortunately, I haven't returned to my photo album project just yet. It's on my list of things I've saved for a rainy day.

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