So, in honor of her, I thought I’d use it in my title.
Back to scrapbooking. I love the idea of preserving memories, of having pictures the family can handle and feel, not just stuck on the computer. I hate/detest the idea of buying bows and dye-cuts (I finally figured out what those were), bells and miniature baby shoes, papers for every occasion, hole-punches the shape of my uterus for when I’m pregnant, small bits of carpet, and teeny-tiny disco balls for the pages about when Laylee and I go clubbing.
My friend is a mad-scientist-inventor-type person and she feels the same way about scrapbooking that I do. So, instead of talking to “a guy she knows” and having Sandi’s Palace of Scrapbooking Paraphernalia burned to the ground in a horrible tragic “accident”, she started talking to patent lawyers and invented these new photo/scrapbook/box/display/holder thingies.
Here’s how they work (Vanna, please):
On the outside they look like a box:
But when you open the heavy-duty (but not too hard to open) gripper/snaps:
They are albums:
They come in several sizes:
I bought small ones that hold 2 4×6 photos per sheet to use as gifts and the really big ones that hold 12×12 sheets for our family.
You can use just about any configuration of photos in them. Most of the sheets I bought just hold scads and scads of 4×6 photos but a few are full 12×12 sheets or split sheets so I can get creative here and there if I want, but I don’t have to.
They even have kits to make the little scrapbooky pages if you want them. They are super heavy-duty fabric or bonded leather, reasonably priced (if you don’t buy one million of them), they’re gorgeous and durable.
You add the photos from the inside of a two-sided sheet, sideways so the pictures won’t come out if you shake the book around and your kids can’t figure out how to get them out. Heck, I couldn’t figure it out until she showed me.
I am so excited for my new project for after Christmas and it will mostly involve shoving all of our old photos in at a rapid pace, periodically pausing to add a caption, a colored paper background or a picture of my face, cut out in the shape of an armadillo. I’m sure they have punches for that somewhere, right mom?