I don’t usually do two memory-keeping posts one after another, but for some reason, I felt a strong urge to share this with you today. It’s a special post – one that I’ve been wanting to do for ages. It’s about a scrapbook that’s particularly precious to me. It’s one that records the story of us: Rick and Ronnie. I call this our ‘R&R Memoir Book.’ Even though Rick and I got together back in 2003, it wasn’t until a year and half ago that I finally put this together. I’d started other ‘versions’ of it in the past but none of them felt right. I was so happy with the way this one came together, and so far, it’s continued to work well.
Basically, this scrapbook – or series of scrapbooks to be more accurate – is a way for me to record our journey together as a couple. From the time we began ‘courting’ (don’t you just love that term) through to our engagement through to our wedding through to our early years of marriage through to falling pregnant with Cameron through to losing Cameron through to the arrival of our other boys and hopefully through to the next sixty or seventy years together. At the end of the day, our relationship – our marriage – comes first even before our family, and it is a relationship that is worth documenting and celebrating.
First up, I had to choose an album to use. This was before I knew about Project Life, so I mainly looked at my favourite stationery brands here in Australia: Kikki K, Coral Coast, Corban & Blair and Boheme. In the end, I settled on Kikki K’s cloth dry mount album because it was simple and classic, and I liked the idea of black pages. It came in both red and black, and I ended up getting the black version for our family scrapbooks (again, this was before I discovered Project Life) and the red version for us. I chose the extra large size so that I could include more photos on each page if I wanted, and yet the albums were still able to fit into the A3 memory boxes that I’d planned to use.
Also, I knew that I would be able to customise the cover with some simple white numeric stickers (also from Kikki K) to specify the years that each individual album spanned. The one shown in this post is the second album in the series and obviously covers the years from 2008 to 2011. The first album spans the first five years of our relationship and has ’03-08′ on the cover. It’s a simple system that I can easily add to over time.