Modern Scrapbooking

Modern Scrapbooking Ideas from Janalin Hood

Modern Scrapbooking with Janalin HoodOne of my biggest personal goals is to get our family memories in the places that they should be.  Photos Printed.  Albums on the Shelf.  Portraits on the Wall.  Keepsakes Safely Stored. And yet, there is this personal struggle of how and where to start.  Memories are more than just the digital photos stored on my hard drive.  I want our story to be tangible for future generations to come. Here is where I am starting with our own personal storytelling. Starting with making some general rules on what I want and what format it should be.

PHOTOS:Family Album: Modern Scrapbooking with Janalin HoodAlbum

A Family Album (12×12 book) printed yearly that includes big camera, point and shoot, and iphone images.  Includes notes from mama, weather screenshots, detail images of our family inside our home.  Inspired by Project Life, but in a much looser, and attainable for me, format.

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Vacation Albums (various sizes) printed with a fun color/theme following the trip.

Mama Journal (10×8 book) printed yearly documenting one photo per week and notes about what I am feeling/ wanting to remember.

A day in the life photos: Modern Scrapbooking with Janalin HoodDay in the Life

Hour by Hour photos.  A day in the life of our family.  A once (or twice) yearly small book documenting the everyday.

Family Heritage Photo:  Modern Scrapbooking with Janalin HoodGenerations

Generation Photos-  Having printed photos out of generations past to remind us all of our heritage.

Birthday Book-  A 5×7 Peel and Stick album that features one current image and the yearly interview.

Birthday Album- (Various sizes).  Printed with images all taken from a session

Baby Album- I have never found one I am happy with… so I have all sorts of notes and images that I am going to try to make some albums with.  Wish me luck!  :)

Current portrait on Wall-  because they should be!

Fridge Photos: Modern Scrapbooking with Janalin HoodSnapshots

Snapshots on Fridge- Stickygram makes some amazing ready to stick images from your Instagram!  Otherwise you can print photos and use peel and stick magnets for an easy DIY!


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Monthly Video Clips set to music of the current events.  Be sure and highlight children individually, and through interview.  Compile all at the end of the year for the annual DVD (maybe to be watched at New Year’s Eve?)


Keep cards, letters and keepsakes in individual boxes.

Quotable Book: Modern Scrapbooking with Janalin Hood

Quoteable Book

Make a Quoteable Book for each child.  Write observations and notes of love as well as their funny sayings.

Write Love Letters for the children to open in the future.  For sure on their birthday and also as the moment strikes.

Have a Cedar Chest to store keepsakes such as my wedding dress, baptism outfits, handmade quilts, etc.

Modern Scrapbooking Ideas from Janalin HoodRuler

Wall Ruler:  Documenting our children’s growth by making a tradition of marking their height on the ruler at their birthday party.

My aspirations are high!  And I know I won’t get them all caught up with as quickly as I would like.  But to keep myself accountable I will be sharing a minimum of one project a month with you on my progress.

What has inspired you?  Are you planning on doing something with those digital images? 




Realistic Expectations

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

All of the pressures in the world for women to get it all ‘right.’ We have to have perfectly Pinnable birthday parties, home décor to the nines, fabulous homemade dinners on the table at 6pm every night, hair-makeup-and wardrobe that any fashionista would admire, and professional careers to show we can indeed juggle it all.

Surprisingly, after I gave up the professional interior design career I loved I found the pressures of modern day feminism begin to weigh on me. I mean… I stayed at home all day and had all this ‘extra’ time on my hands… why didn’t my life look as I thought it should?

Some of the other mom’s that I would follow through social media would make it look so easy to get it all done. The truth of the matter was that I was only seeing into the part of their lives that they wanted me to see.  Be wary of how much merit you put into social media: When you do that you are comparing your highs and lows to others’ highs. And that comparison- in any aspect of your life- is the thief of joy.

 Grace  |  Hebrews 4:16  #scripture art

Until one day I had a wake up call. A big one. One of these super-moms that I greatly looked up to posted that she in fact couldn’t get it all done. That she didn’t really have it all together like she had led her followers to believe. She admitted that while she would be greatly productive in several areas of her life that she didn’t have time to shower but a few times a week. !!Gasp!! I know there are days when showering is impossible, but that is one area that I would have never imagined she would deem unimportant. Relief. I felt forgiven.

The truth is that we all are given 24 hours in each day. How we spend them is up to us… when we take on an extra task something else has to give. In the end it is the relationships that we have in our lives that count. In the end it’s the people that matter. So today I write to you with a sink full of dishes, still in my pajamas, with trash that needs taken out and it’s ok. Because my girl tells me that I’m the “best mama ever” and have a little boy that loves to tell me how much he misses me when I leave him for even the shortest time. Soak it up, embrace the little things, and give yourself some grace. Because that, my dear, is what life is all about.

 xo Janalin