I’ve often heard that lessons are better caught than taught. Both are important. Scrapbooking with journaling can do both together.
The pictures we choose for our scrapbooks say a lot about what we value most. When we write our thoughts next to those pictures, we have a chance to reinforce the lessons that are caught by the camera.
Some lessons our scrapbooks taught:
I went back to school when I was 43 to become a legal assistant. By example I showed my kids the long effort and persistence needed to succeed in college and reinforced our stated expectations for them…”when you go to college” we always said. But when I looked at the scrapbook this morning, it hit me that my words also communicate my appreciation for my husband’s contribution. What a lesson!
Having a good attitude is a value we wanted to emphasize to our children.
I know this is obvious, but people who went on this trip kept telling me they were encouraged by my daughter’s attitude (in the red shirt).
A few years ago, I realized that I have been singing in choirs for over 30 years, but I had no picture evidence. So I posted a request on Facebook asking others to take a picture of me in the choir. (I am in the middle row, second from the right).
Being involved in serving is something we value. This picture isn’t in my scrapbook yet. because I am at least three years behind in my scrapbooks. I know we are not smiling, but it’s currently the only picture I have of my choir participation. What might be a life lesson I could write about here?
“Photos without stories are memories lost” is a Heritage Makers motto (digital scrapbooking). I love that motto.
Photos without journaling is a lost opportunity to influence the future.
Do your life lessons to your children appear in your scrapbooks?