I’m sure we all have those projects we know we have to work on( scrapbooking or otherwise) … and we mean to do it, but things just seem to get in the way.
I had (notice I said HAD!) one such project that had been weighing on my mind for several years.
I have 2 daughters who are 15 months apart in age. When the first one finished Primary school I finished her digital StoryBook, as it was at that time, in the December of that year when she finished Primary school and managed to give her the completed book before she started high school in the January. Go me!
Then in the next 12 months my computer crashed; my photos went every which where, my Memory Manager went to Timbuktu apparently and CM folded. So, you know where this is going right – yes, indeed.
My youngest daughter did not get her Primary school book at the end of that 12 months when she finished Primary school – she did not get it before she started high school in the January…or even before she finished high school 6 years later.
When Artisan and Forever first came on the scene I enthusiastically embraced their arrival immediately, but still that Primary school book was on the back burner. I was so disillusioned at the awful mess that my previous photos had become and I no longer knew where most of them had ended up it was just easier to move onto new projects, but there was still a feeling of guilt in the back of my conscience telling me I really needed to get that project done.
When I had originally been preparing to do her book I had scanned certificates and pieces of art work and photographed medals she received, etc., so I knew it was going to be a big job to retrieve everything again.
My daughter was now in 3rd year of University – I told myself that I really needed to finish this darn book before she graduates from Uni!
So just bite the bullet and do it – make it my number one priority – do not do any other projects!!!
I have spent the last 3 months pulling archive boxes out of cupboards, undoing display books from my bookshelves, and hunting through lots of old flash drives and EHDs to find all the precious memorabilia and photographs needed.
We don’t have Forever Media Conversion over here in Australia so that has taken me some time to sort and scan what I have wanted to add.
But on Christmas Eve I uploaded her Primary School book to get printed!
The feeling of relief is immense – the guilt is gone! And I even have some inspiration to get back to reorganizing the mess that my photos became. Baby steps! I can do this!!
As of right now, her book hasn’t yet arrived in my hot little hands, but I have my fingers crossed that it is everything I have been hoping for since the end of 2011 when she finished Primary School!!
PS: Well, the book arrived. I had ordered 2 copies of it. One for us to keep and one for her. We had had to wait to celebrate Christmas until January 12 this year (2020) which was when we were able to get together as a family. She opened the package and saw THE BOOK .. the smile on her face, the light in her eyes… The two of us spent an hour or so later in the day looking through it together and quietly talking about the memories it unveiled. I had the best time!
I’m sorry that it took me so long to get it done, but what an accomplishment. Now, I’ve made myself a chart of other projects to finish, too!.
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