He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9

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Tomorrow's Eyes

I found Photoshop Elements 6.0 on Craigslist really cheap and I am excited about embarking on some digital scrapbooking. I love to scrapbook, but at this point in my life, it's not very practical. The kitchen table would be my work area, and I cannot even fathom getting all of that out, spending an hour on a layout and then PUTTING IT ALL AWAY for the next meal! No way. Not gonna happen.

I've thought of doing some weekend scrapnights over at the school, but weekends are pretty precious around here and that solution would not really be consistent enough to keep me moving and up to date.

Solution? Digital Scrapbooking. My picture albums are already digital - and I can just work on a layout for 15 minutes then save it and move on with my day. Did I mention I'm excited? My friend Nelda did some layouts for me of our Labor Day picnic and gave me a super cool 8x8 album.

So I've been having some neat thoughts about the whole "scrapbooking" phenomenon. I have often said that scrapbooking (and now - photography and even blogging, too) changes the way I experience the moments. I am forever capturing moments as they happen - realizing the value and the beauty of even the simple or mundane. And it hit me the other day what is happening there.

I am learning to look at today with tomorrow's eyes.

You know how a miserably cold, rainy camping trip becomes a precious memory.....and those dirty-faced diaper days become immeasurably valuable to a mother after they're gone. Even the different homes and living places of our lives, I think, tend to show their beauty in retrospect. After time has passed, we are able to see the balance of the beauty and the challenge and the beauty is often what shines through.

When I think of our home in Mississippi. I remember the lonely, pregnancy-hormone-laced days of David's first year in grad school. I remember the declining area that we lived in. And yes, I remember the mammoth-sized roaches with which we did battle. But what rises to the top of the photo pile is a gentle, quiet picture of a cozy little house that gave us some very good days.

No matter the challenges of today, tomorrows eyes will see these days for what they are - dear and precious and wonderful.

I believe that scrapbooking helps me to see today with tomorrow's eyes. Even if the pages aren't laid out, the memories are mentally (and literally) filed away. And somehow every beautiful sunset and smiling dirty face becomes worthy of being cropped and enhanced and journaled.

And life has become richer.
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Leah said...

Digital Scrapbooking is absolutely wonderful!!! In April for my b-day I was given the Creative Memories Memories Manager and Story Book. I just love it!! I have a small house and didn't have room to just work at my leisure. This was the answer to those problems. Hope it goes very well for you!

Liz said...

"I am learning to look at today with tomorrow's eyes."

That's the definition of perspective . . .

Hope the un-scrapping goes well! :>)

Carrie said...

I'd never really thought of digital scrapbooking. Hmm.

Hey, you're going to have a blast with Photoshop. I have a "Dummies" book, but I was too much of a dummy to understand it(isn't that pathetic?)

HOWEVER, soon after the "Dummies" blow-to-my-fragile-ego episode, I discovered The Pioneer Woman and have learned more fun things about Photoshopping than I could've imagined!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/

Of course, once you get started, it will be hard to leave (and doesn't include her cooking section and homeschooling section)

Jamie said...

Thanks for the great idea. I never really considered that an option until now. I run into the same problems you wrote about and I want so badly to preserve these wonderful years with my family.

jenny said...

Digital scrapbooking does sound very exciting...perhaps I need to get the computer (that works!) and camera (that flashes!) before I start? :-)

Seriously, I would love to have a serious talk about that with you *when* we get together. Monday/Tuesdays could definitely work out for me as I could just pull the boys out of school but might be a lot harder for Tom as he teaches on both of those days. I think he would be able to meet up with us as soon as he finishes, though.

Happy dating!! I'll be looking forward to seeing you all.

tacomom said...

I tried to jump into the digital scrapbook world three times before I finally got it figured out. But it was the year that I worked at the school. I was so overwhelmed with trying to keep the house clean and work outside the home (even though it was only part time) that to PURPOSELY create another mess at home just overwhelmed me even more. I jumped in with both feet. This year I'm back to paper scrapping b/c I'm a touchy feely person and really really enjoy the therapy of working with the products. But I learned so much about photoshop during my digital hiatus (or would that be PAPER hiatus?)
Have fun and if you have any questions or need links for great digital papers and elements, let me know.

tacomom said...

I'd share a link to my digital scrap album but I'm afraid to. Maybe I'm not that good! lol!

Norma Gwen Watson said...

Hmm, we have scads of pictures and sometimes I get overwhelmed knowing where to start. I have been sorting through some pictures to start with, so maybe I should try digital, too.

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