Finally finished the Me-Mo book from our long weekend in Cocoa Beach before school started. I took all the bits and brochures from our trip, did a little cutting and pasting, added some photos and index prints of photos, and called it done. I might go back and jot down some things about our trip either on or around the pictures, but if I don’t get to it, that’s okay as well. I like the little book just as it is.
You may remember last summer I started creating these pared versions of memory keepsakes/journals that I called Me-Mo books, with the emphasis on the MEmories & MOmentos over manufactured scrapbook embellishments. This simplified approach not only saves time and money, but keeps the focus on the events and people. It uses your photos, along with the collected ephemera and souvenirs from places you visit and events in your life to create a visually cleaner and emotionally appealing keepsake.
To be clear, I am NOT forsaking fun art and craft supplies (I tried to resist the colorful allure of washi tapes, but when Marisa of Omiyage sent me some this summer in a care package, I knew I was doomed. That shit is cute, fun, and full of creative possibilities!) Rather, I want the good times and memories to be the reasons I take time to create tangible keepsakes, rather than an excuse to buy materials and supplies.
I know so many people who get caught up in the aisles of pretty, fun scrapbooking papers, buttons, stamps, stencils, stickers, albums, pens, markers, tools, embellishments, adhesives, organizers, etc. at the local craft store, only to end up overwhelmed by it all and procrastinating/giving up on the idea of creating keepsakes. They grow tired of spending money on supplies that look fun, but they really aren’t sure what to do with, or they find they’re unable to devote the time it takes to create those complicated, busy pages.
I want to create easy, fun keepsakes that have a personal feel to them, without a lot bullshit and hassle involved. How about you?
I’ll write a another post about creating this particular Me-Mo book, but if you have any questions you’d like addressed, leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to answer it in the follow-up.