Mum started a card scrapbook for each of us the year we were born. She added to it every year until each child was old enough to update their book. I’ve embraced the tradition and still keep all my cards (birthday, holidays and thinking of you). Other than fill up a couple of shoe boxes, I’m not sure what to do with them. After forty-five years those shoe boxes add up!
So these shoe boxes and the card scrapbook show the timeline of relationships in my life. Thus highlighting the people, when they’ve arrived and sometimes when they left. Consequently, these are keepsakes from people who have impacted my life and changed me in different ways.
Since I was too young to do it myself, Mum did it for me. Keeping every card, then sticking each one into the biggest exercise book she could find. Just like that, an annual tradition began. During my childhood, I looked forward to adding the new cards to the blank pages after each birthday.
Finally, when I was 14 or 15, I ran out of blank pages. At that time, I started saving the cards in a shoe box instead. Briefly, in my early twenties, I attempted to start a new book, but I never kept at it. But I did keep adding cards to the shoe box.
Sticky-tape doesn’t last forever, and book binding cannot cope when the pages are full beyond their limits. Whenever I open the card scrapbook now, the contents litter the floor. Because I share a birthday with this card scrapbook, it ages every time I do. That was forty-five birthdays last count.
Despite the fact that the book is falling apart, I am reluctant to let it go. After all, it is an important part of my history. So what do I do next?
What are my options to revamp this fragile book? Ideas so far are to:
My goal is to preserve the visual story that these cards tell of my life. Another item I can share with my nieces and nephews to introduce them to ancestors that they can’t physically meet.
But maybe you have other ideas? Something you’ve done with your cards? Or for your children? Head to the comments or email me and share your story. Share your photos with the hashtag #warmfuzzyscrapbook