be creative | October/November 2012
Facebook, the lazy scrapbooker's saving grace
by Jody Kerzman
I am a lazy scrapbooker.
Despite my best efforts, my 13-year-old is 8 in her last scrapbook, and my almost-3-year-old doesn't even have a scrapbook.
But, I've found a creative, easy solution -- and a lazy way to scrapbook -- so that in 30 years when I actually have time to scrap, I'll remember what was so significant, funny or sweet about each picture.
My secret: Facebook and blogs. They are the fastest, easiest way for a busy mom to preserve memories. And if you've got even minimal computer skills, you can make my lazy scrapbooking technique work for your busy family too.
Facebook is probably the easiest way to record your memories. There are different opinions about sharing photos on Facebook; How many is too many? Are they really private? Do people really want to see all those camping pictures?
Here's my opinion: If it helps keep you organized, and maybe brings a smile to a Facebook friend's face, post it. If people really don't want to see your pictures, they can unfriend you or hide your posts. Plus, it's fun to read people's comments about your favorite pictures.
That said, I don't post every picture I take. The naked butt pictures don't need to be online, and no one really needs to see all 20 shots of Morgan with a pea in her nose. But I do post enough pictures to help me remember these chaotic times. I generally have one album per month, labeled with the month and the year. Big vacations or big family events get an album to themselves, as do sports seasons. That helps me feel organized, and it's easier for my Facebook friends to find the pictures they really want to see too. Most photo developing places now offer the option to print directly from Facebook, which will make life so much easier when I finally get around to printing pictures again. If you're worried about photo quality, click the "high quality" box. It will take a little longer to upload, but you'll have better prints.
If you don't have a Facebook account, consider getting one -- it's free -- simply to help organize your pictures. A true picture nerd, I sleep a little better at night knowing that if my house burns down or my computer dies, at least I can still get my pictures from Facebook.
While a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes it's hard to remember all the words that go with a series of pictures. For me, that's where blogs come in. I've been blogging since 2008. I started with a family blog, "The Kerzman 5." It was a place to chronicle our lives and rave about my cute kids. It quickly turned into a place for me to write -- whether to vent, brag or reflect -- and also quickly turned into "The Kerzman 6" when we were blessed with baby number four. I'm now up to four blogs, but keep them all in one place (check them out at www.jodykerzman.com ). My blogs are not perfect. Often there are grammatical errors, misspellings and missing punctuation. I have no idea if anyone other than my parents read them, but that's really not the point. The point is it's a written record of our lives, and something that my kids will always have ... even if I never get around to scrapbooking their lives.
Jody is married to Brad, and they have four super-busy kids. When she isn't at one of their events, she's probably driving them somewhere.