I’m a mother of two and have been “bogged” down with scrapbooking trying to capture every moment they have had. Until I came upon your magazines and now websites and blogs. I love your concept of the four basic albums. I have loved Colorbok albums, now those are hard to come by. I have a few of the Urban Chic, but now can’t find any of those.
What other albums do you recommend or are your favorite. I seem to pick the albums that disappear, then I’m stuck with an album and no extra inserts, or too many inserts and no album. Help!
Kim (A Scrapbooking Mom in Wisconsin)
This is a great question. I have three albums/companies that I recommend to my Library of Memories students. I have a ‘verbal’ confirmation from the top two companies that they are invested in continuing these lines of albums. Obviously, there are no guarantees.
These are the albums I use in my personal Library of Memories. I love the customizable covers and the combination of chipboard and fabric spines. I am a BIG fan of D-ring bindings (vs. post bound) that allow you quick and easy access to your pages. Here’s the link at Scrapbook.com
We R Memory Keepers
These albums look absolutely gorgeous lined up on a shelf. I love the classic bookplate labels and the vivid array of beautiful colors. They come in both 12×12 and 81/2 x 11. Again … I would go for the 3-ring versions. Here are the links at Scrapbook.com
Keeping Memories Alive
KMA albums have been manufactured for a very LONG time. They are the favorite of many scrapbookers. Their color palette is more muted and they are as kid-proof as they come! They also come in 3-ring styles in both popular sizes. Here are the links at Scrapbook.com
Hope this answers your questions and gives you enough options to make a choice that is right for you!
A World of 100
OK, so I’m super excited to share what I found via a link on Twitter. I *think* from Guy Kawasaki (?)
In 1990 Donella Meadows published the State of the Village Report under the title “Who lives in the Global Village?” From this essay that compared our world population to a village of 1000 people, has stemmed multiple interpretations to help ground us in our 6 billion member global village and even more important help the privileged few gain perspective on our responsibility to become engaged in causes of equality.
So, look … a wonderfully visual interpretation entitled The World of 100 by graphic designer, Toby Ng Kwong To.
On Monday, I printed about eleven of of Toby’s illustrations (see website) and devised a “game” for my family to play at Family Home Evening. It was a HIT.
Jennifer and Taft counted out 100 small treats (think M&Ms, Skittles, candy corn, Craisins) in small bowls. I sat each bowl on top of one of these illustrations that was placed upside down on the table. I used a sticky note to label the back of each illustration with the topic, ie. Education, Computers, Freedom, Fear, Food, Water etc …
Each person got a turn to select a topic and guess what the statistics/percentages might be. That person then revealed the correct number and counted that many “treats” from the bowl, into a larger bowl that represents our family’s condition/opportunity.
I hope this makes sense.
For example, in a village of 100 people, only ONE person gets to go to college; only seven people own computers and only thirty people have enough food to eat every single day.
This little activity really helped us visual our blessings.
It is something even young children can pretty easily wrap their brains around and it encouraged some good conversation among my older children.
I can’t wait for you to try it!
One of my happy conclusions: I LOVE Twitter — that helps me find GREAT stuff on the Internet.