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My Very First Scrapbook

My very first scrapbook was a gift from my mother on my 13th birthday. At that point, I knew nothing about scrapbooking and the whole idea seemed a little daunting. I had no idea where to start. Not to mention the fact that I didn't really have any photos of my own. I've always been a bit of a linear thinker, so I finally decided that the theme of my scrapbook would be a chronological display of my life thus far.

 

I raided the filing cabinet where old baby/school photos were kept and began my creative journey. For the first few pages, I just scraped together whatever pictures I could find and haphazardly pasted them in. I didn't really understand the need for borders at the time and mostly just collaged my pictures together like a bulletin board.

 

Somehow, though, halfway through the book, I began to realize I didn't have to smash as many pictures as possible onto one page. I adopted a sense of symmetry and color, making the last half of the book more aesthetically pleasing. To this day, I ward off the temptation to go back and fix my scrapbook and let it be a reminder of how practice makes perfect (a very subjective "perfect.")