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Weekend Welcome 01: 1000 Islands and The Hamilton House

The Weekend Welcome is a series of posts dedicated to sharing photos from my assorted weekend adventures. I spend a lot of time with friends and family on the weekends and we usually end up with good photos and stories to tell. Enjoy!

A couple weekends ago I visited the Thousand Islands with my family. This was a very important trip to take for me because I was too young to remember the last time I was there, as well as it being important to get some perspective by spending time with my close knit family. Nothing says reality check more than going somewhere new. I also visited the Genesee Country Museum for their Celtic Festival with my best friend and her mom. My best friend and I ventured around the museum where she showed me her favorite houses, the absolute favorite being the Hamilton House.

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Art Journaling and Scrapbooking

Now I know that there is a (somewhat) stigma about scrapbooking for many people. I have even been guilty of labeling it as a “grandma craft” myself, however, I think that that should change (

For years all of my photos were stored digitally and I never ever printed them. Yet, when I finished college for the most part, I found myself flipping through the hundreds of photos I had accumulated over those three years. I wanted so badly to do something with them, to document my favorite moments captured on film. I remembered I had done scrapbooking as a kid, so I opened up powerpoint and started making a digital scrapbook. It all snowballed from there.

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It wasn’t without experimentation though. I have to date 2 smashbooks, 1 photo album, 1 chipboard scrapbook, 1 digital scrapbook, and 1 journal. Each one of them has their perks. The smashbooks are a perfect form of traditional scrapbooking for me because they are so free form and come with all the pretty paper already in place. I use them to document great days. Be it with clippings and business cards or actual photos.

My journal is my daily art journal. I write, add photos, sketch, write out my ideas, and pretty much put everything in it that inspires me on a daily basis.

The chipboard scrapbook is a five dollar project of mine. I use it to add document my hobby of photography and iphonography.

Oh and before I forget, you should read the posts about scrapbooking and other photo projects on A Beautiful Mess. They are a great source of inspiration for projects. Because of their posts and their Project Life Sunshine set, I just bought my first project life album to add to my collection.

Remember that point I was talking about earlier about the stigma changing? Well, I think that in the way our lives are now when we take photos with our phones and other devices almost daily, scrapbooking them is a great way to store them away from the digital world. We shouldn’t be shy about printing photos anymore. The digital world is great, but you can loose photos so easily in the digital realm. Computer crashes being the most common offender in losing photos. Printing them is the safest way to go for those precious moments that you don’t want to lose.

I love creating things with the photos I have taken, so you may see more of this on here. I’d love to hear your thoughts!