I’m a chronological scrapbooker.
Then that means I’m always “behind,” right? Right. And I’m okay with that.
Scrapbooking is a hobby. It is not meant to cause stress.* Period.
I actually find hindsight useful. Yes, there is something interesting about capturing things as they happen. I really value the perspective that I gain with time. I add details to pages I wouldn’t be able to without hindsight.
Perspective also helps me let go of excess ephemera. If I scrapbooked my wedding within the first year, it would be twice as large and I wouldn’t have been able to part with the excess stuff I was saving.
Context is also a big deal to me. The events in my life don’t happen in a vacuum. I like being able to see everything from one year together — everything in life informs everything else.
Yes, I do want to make a dent in my scrapbooking so the number of years of lag time I have isn’t quite as large. It’s really about space though. Mr. P would like to see fewer boxes in the closet.
Some people report changing away from chronological scrapbooking so they don’t have that nagging feeling of being behind. I’m embracing it. I love going through a mini time capsule for a year years after it happens. It’s so much fun!
This is what works for me. Do what works for you!
*Except when I have an episode with my photo printer. That is indeed stress-inducing.