I used to be a scrapbooker. Ever heard of Creative Memories? Been to a "Crop 'till you drop" party?
I would go a few times a year sporting my cart full of supplies like I was getting paid for it. You could spot me easily. I was the girl who came, sat down, spread her stuff out and worked non-stop until they told us to leave.
I've made scrapbooks since middle school. I think I've got every movie stub from 1985-1991. No joke.
But when I became a mother, I took it to a whole new level of crazy. Keeping up with my kids' scrapbooks was something that hung over my head because it was so hard to stay on top of it.
I was on a roll and doing good to keep up with all of it until we left for China to bring Lydia home.
Something about the third kid and moving to Orlando and starting a blog sort of put a fork in scrapbooking.
Over the past several years, I've tried to organize and store our pictures on CDs, and I even have a scrapbook board on Pinterest because deep down I'm holding out hope that one day I'll get back to it.
But the truth is, I don't know if I'll ever find the hours that it takes to create those books like I used to. I'm thinking a shutterfly book or one of those cool blurb books is the way to go from here on out!
Anywho...this past year I joined Instagram, and it wasn't too long afterward that I started seeing people printing their pictures. When I saw a friend's project at her house this summer, I knew it was time to do a little project of my own. She told me about Printsagram, and within a few days I was ordering 48 of my very favorite shots from this past year. I ordered the 4x4 pictures, and I was so excited to see that they're on a thick card stock.
Within a few days my order arrived, and I used some twine I had on hand and a bag of small clothespins that I picked up from Hobby Lobby to create my miniature banners on the chalkboard.
Y'all. We love them. I'll randomly find my kids at different times staring at each of them. Andy looked them over and over and over and thanked me several times for capturing memories for us. My boys are even asking to have their pictures taken more. Miracles do happen!
I get such better candid shots on Instagram than I've ever been able to get with my big girl camera, mainly because there are so many times that I don't want to carry my big Nikon. A few months ago I bought an app called A Beautiful Mess so I can add messages to some of my pictures.
I think I'm going to order my favorite shots at the end of each year and write on the backs of all of them a little about each picture. Even if I do eventually get back to scrapbooking, I don't think I'll ever regret capturing and printing all these amazing shots of our life together.
This might be my all time favorite picture of Lydia. I can't look at it without smiling. She has the best laugh ever.
We went to my parents' house on Seth's birthday, and mom surprised him with a mound of zebra cakes. What you need to know is that I never buy zebra cakes, so my mom gave him a heaping pile of them. This is Seth's face when he's on top of the world about something, and I captured it perfectly.
She blew her first bubble after months of trying, and she's been blowing them ever since. We're keeping bubblegum companies around the world in business.
She's goofy. She loves to make us laugh, and she does it often. This is Andy's favorite picture. He has it stored in his phone, and he says he looks at it a few times a day because it brightens his day!
This is my MOST favorite tree in Athens in the fall.
Our Washington, DC trip from this past Christmas. Andy and Luke are so alike, and I love that I captured them having a silly moment together. That trip was amazing for us....such a special bonding trip...well, it was until I got food poisoning. You're lucky THAT wasn't captured on Instagram!
Have you printed your Instagram pictures?