It took me a while to actually sit down and write the journaling for these photos. Of course I wanted to scrapbook the joyous day that my little boy was born, but it was a difficult labor and I wasn’t quite sure how to put it, so to speak. How do I want to remember the experience years from now?
It made me think about how different journaling is at the moment of the event and afterwards in retrospect. All those around me sort of lamented for me and I would brush it off, because I didn’t think it was a big deal. But then after a while I realized, okay, maybe it was a bit dramatic, especially for others who were worried for me. But I don’t want to remember the experience in a negative way. Hmm. Have you ever wanted to change the journaling on one of your scrapbook pages after the fact?
So it took me a while, but I finally sat down and typed out the birth story. It was actually quite easy to do and perhaps I didn’t include all the details, but it was sufficient. Perhaps it is better to let some time pass for certain stories… what remains to be told is probably what you want to remember and retell.
The journaling took up a lot of space regardless, so I created a hidden journaling flap to contain it all, while still having space for the photos. The design is a bit here and there as I pieced things together on the fly… but I’m happy with the way it turned out in the end. And most of all, I’m happy to have scrapped the story, scary parts and happy parts all together. I suppose the moral of the story is that whatever the experience, it was totally worth it. Who isn’t in love with their babies, right?
Have you ever had to scrap a difficult story? Do you usually journal in the moment or much afterwards? Or have you ever rescrapped a page because you wanted to change the journaling or add to it?