Scrap Booking Your Life
Living through a pandemic has been a life changing experience and has prompted a lot of geographical movement.
A friend of mine recently had to move for financial reasons, precipitated by the fast-approaching end of an endowment mortgage which meant she had to sell up.
She had a big rambling garden where the children had dangled from ancient trees and played games with planks riddled with woodworm, making dens topped off with a roof of strips of rusty corrugated iron.
Everything was dangerous and splintered, in this pre Health and Safety paradise. I remember seeing one of the children striding confidently in her wellies, into the middle distance weighed down by a chain saw, trailing the plug through puddles – it was a race between us to see who could remove the offending item first – and it was only after the frantic dash and yanking it out of her hand that we remembered the outside power cable didn’t work.
If anything, the house was worse, stuffed with endless paraphernalia, including the artistic attempts of all four enthusiastic children and messages, old poems, the odd shopping list browning with age, attached to the fridge door with a variety of fridge magnets of varying levels of efficiency as the treasured objects slid slowly from fridge at the top, to freezer below, settling into a virtual papier-mache log jam at the bottom of the door.
‘I don’t know where to start, Alex.’ She said.
‘We start by hiring a skip,’ she shot me a look as if I had just trodden on her heart, ‘and before anything important is put into it, we go round the house and garden taking photos of everything you love, every piece of junk you’re attached to has its own story. Then we will get all the pictures printed and create scrap books – there are some gorgeous ones these days – one for the House, one for the Garden. You can completely lighten your load and keep your memories intact. I’ll help you write the book.’
And she did. And I am. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Could this be your answer? Legacy Writing in Pictures. ScrapBookYourlife.