Scrapbooking and Loss

Scrapbooking & LossI am always a few years behind with my scrapbooking.  I’ve grown to accept that.

But what do you do when there’s a significant life change between when something happens and when you record it?  Does it change how you would record the situation?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I plan my wedding scrapbook.

The Loss of a Person

When I shared my wedding invitation scrapbook layouts, I included pictures of our grandparents because I thought it would be nice to honor them and I wanted to add some response cards to the layout.

Honestly?  There was more to it than that.

Sure, I was going to put response cards in the book in some way.  But right when I was planning this page, one of our grandparents got very sick.

At that point, I decided to use the response cards from our grandparents and include pictures.

Wedding Invitation Scrapbook PageJust a handful of days after I finished this page, the grandparent I mentioned above passed away.  We miss him terribly.

As I’m continuing with this book, I’m finding more and more ways to make sure he’s included (as well as the rest of our grandparents and loved ones).

The Loss of a Place

Important places in life can be very significant as well.  It isn’t the same as losing a loved one, but it has affected my scrapbook.

Back in November, my favorite college bar burned down.  This may seem trivial.  It isn’t.

The entire building was a loss and many people in the apartments above lost everything.  I spent many, many great times there with my friends – with my husband when he was a mere acquaintance.  We celebrated both our college graduations there.  We loved the place so much we had our rehearsal dinner out on the patio there.

Wedding Rehearsal ScrapbookI never intended to include the quicky-PDF invitation in my rehearsal dinner layout.  All that changed though.  The invitation listed the entire food menu.  We knew the menu by heart.  It was absolutely going in the book.  So I printed it in a tiny booklet size and put it on the page.

That’s enough musing from me.  What about you?  Do you find you make different memory keeping decisions in hindsight?