After three children in five years I can attest that I know two things. What causes them. And blessings are deferred.
All seriousness aside, I’ve launched a family project to gather and detail the activities of our children the old fashioned way. A scrapbook. Being a 21st century mom, I’ll do the scrapbook the 21st century way. Digitally. On my Mac. That’s right. An ancient scrapbook on a Mac.
Scrapbooks The Old Way
My grandmother has a dozen or so scrapbooks. The ones for her family and children are thinner than the ones for her grandchildren and their families. I understand why.
Likewise, my mother’s family scrapbook is thinner for her children and already bulges for her grandchildren.
I don’t want to have that same issue so I’ve begun collecting, curating, if you will, all the little pieces that make up a family scrapbook. Except I want mine on my Mac. Hey, that’s how I roll.
Scrapbooking is a decidedly non-modern method for preserving a personal and family history. After all, who keeps a diary these days? Scrapbooks are what older generations maintain to remind them of better times. With diapers and feeding schedules (not meals) and laundry, I’m not so sure about the better times aspect.
Scrapbooks The Digital Way
A modern, digital scrapbook has advantages and disadvantages. It’s tough to get a locket of hair into your Mac scrapbook. Mac users can choose from a few digital scrapbooks. The most attractive is Chronos iScrapbook.
A non-digital scrapbook is a giant album with blank pages which makes getting started rather daunting. Blank pages means you have to fill up each page, lovingly, painstakingly, over many years.
A digital scrapbook comes with templates, project management tools, free artwork, artwork kits, Apple’s famed Cover Flow to scan the scrapbook, and a photo browser.
The iScrapbook Store lets you add calendars, check boxes, and lists for your scrapbooks notes.
Did I fail to mention my favorite Mac feature? It’s drag and drop. That’s what helps getting started so easy.
iScrapbook lets you drag and drop photos, audio and video clips, scanned documents, or whatever else can be digitized, right into beautiful scrapbook templates. That means your scrapbook begins to look like a scrapbook in about an hour rather than two years.
Templates are designed in such a way that whatever you drag and drop fits into the space provided, and scales appropriately. iScrapbook can also be divided into sections, or albums, so instead of a linear view of everything collected, one day or event after another, you can segregate by children, event, location, and so on.
A visit to iScrapbook.com gets you into the world of kits—add ons to enhance your iScrapbook projects.
Assuming you have a creative bent, iScrapbook lets you go crazy with multiple paper types, crazy shapes, fonts that curve and hold designs—even effects for photos. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything you can do and do quickly in iScrapbook. It doesn’t take much time to have a scrapbook on your Mac that’s worth showing off—which is the whole idea of a scrapbook, right?
If your life is worth living then it’s worth remembering. I didn’t have my kids baby shoes bronzed, but a photo of the shoes with a little sepia tone effect is the next best thing. And much cheaper.