Scrapbooking Delight: Open Your Eyes to Today

Scrapbooking often serves as a way to capture moments from the past, but it is also a wonderful way to remind ourselves to embrace now, to take pleasure in what is. It allows us revel in our feelings of joy and excitement, encapsulate them, and be able to use them to carry us through difficult moments.

How often do you take time to look at life around you and notice the here and now, rather than focusing on the future? In our fast-moving culture, we tend to get distracted from today and spend a lot of our energy on what’s next. But delight is often in the details…and almost always in the present moment.

Our Scrapbooking from the Inside Out design team created some beautiful layouts on the subject of delight using our most deliciously fun and colorful kit yet! Get ready to be inspired to find those small pleasures that truly make life worth living.

Using only words and design (no photos—love it!), design team coordinator Melissa Elsner reminds herself to live more in the now. The framed journaling spots serve as “Post-it” notes to herself, some held by clips. Brilliant!

"Find Joy in the Now" scrapbook layout by Melissa Elsner for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out, as seen on the Creating Keepsakes editors blog

Find Joy in the Now by Melissa Elsner for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

Jen Matott created a wonderful display of bubbly circles that exude delight and happiness. Her journaling speaks of the simple pleasures of a day when all seems right with the world. She surrounds herself with that “perfect day” feeling.

"Everything's Wonderful" scrapbook layout by Jen Matott for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out

Everything’s Wonderful by Jen Matott for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

Recalling a moment with dear friends when laughter filled the air, Nicole Martel filled her layout with brightly colored spray that evokes letting loose and having fun! She clearly loved remembering that great time.

"So Dear to My Heart" by Nicole Martel for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out

So Dear to My Heart by Nicole Martel for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

What could you do to remind yourself to live in the moment and in the now-–and how could you scrapbook it? Comment here and let us know, and you might win our newest kit, Delight. This bright, bold, colorful kit is ready, as is our free inspiration page, to help your creative heart and hands flow. Entries must be received by Monday, May 14, at 9:00 am (MDT). Sorry, we can only ship prizes to addresses in the United States.

Delight, May 2012 kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out

And do come join us at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out and grab your kit and our free inspiration now…we would love to welcome you and join you on your journey. Come on by and explore your inner world!

–Rachel Kaufman, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out

Rachel Kaufman

Congratulations to our winner! To claim your prize, watch for an email from us.

Melissa K.D.: Something that keeps me in the moment is taking time to “be a kid” with my kids! That kit would be perfect to scrap those moments too! Thanks for the chance!

Because the winner did not respond within two weeks of notification, we have chosen a new winner.
Jamie Greene: I took a picture of a sign that said “Live your life now, not tommorrow”. I could scrapbook that picture and tell why I took it:)

Jamie, watch for an email in your inbox to claim your prize.

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44 Responses to Scrapbooking Delight: Open Your Eyes to Today

  1. Angela A says:

    I was thinking to always be grateful for what you have been given in life. I would scrapbook that by listing what I am grateful for.

  2. Cassie W says:

    Right now I could scrap how it is all temporary. My hubby is gone for while and before long he will be home and we will be moving, so the house and the daily struggles will soon be changing.

  3. tammy K says:

    I always try to live in the moment…just haven’t thought to scrapbook the present as much…you’ve inspired me :)

  4. photochic says:

    I have to look at the big picture and how everything isn’t as major of a problem in the big picture. I want to make a canvas about that.

  5. Melanie C says:

    Looking at my children reminds me to live in the moment with them. They are growing so quickly and i want to enjoy as much time with them as I can!

  6. I think we all have a tough time living in the now. I think photographing and scrapbooking all my blessings in life and then framing it would be a good way to remind myself to not constantly be looking ahead.

  7. Debbie L. says:

    I would remind myself by using pictures of my daughters from when they were small and current photos to remind myself how quickly times passes. We need to enjoy each day right now while we have it because they are so quickly gone.

  8. Marcia Scantlin says:

    I like to walk around outside with my camera and capturing the here and now. Like the bird’s nest my husband found in my rose bushes yesterday – what an unexpected delight.

  9. Sheri K says:

    I like to glance out my window and check out my backyard–my yard is full of gorgeous flowers right now–roses in the front yard, a variety in my flower bed and citrus trees. It keeps me calm to know that all the green things are growing all around me. I like to take photos of them and use them in my scrap pages and card making.

  10. Jamie Greene says:

    I took a picture of a sign that said “Live your life now, not tommorrow”. I could scrapbook that picture and tell why I took it:)

  11. Miriam Prantner says:

    I often need to remind myself to let go of my agenda for the day and to say fewer “in a little while” or “not now” statements to my daughters and just go to the park, or outside, or wherever. And, I need to try and scrapbook more of those moments and share them with the girls because it benefits us all. They are excited to see their memories on paper….which motivates me to not only scrap more, but get out and make those memories.

  12. Mai says:

    finding joy in the little things. I also keep a “happy album” where I’ve scrapped things/places/people that make me happy.. love flipping through it!

  13. SandyP says:

    I’m really not sure what I can do to remind myself to live in the moment. There is always so much to do and so many people to think about and/or do things for. I have started a “Thanksliving Journal” which has really helped me to be happier in my everyday life. I’ve made a layout each month with one of my statements.

  14. Candy says:

    A scrap page full of outdoor scenery…birds, clouds, flowers, trees… water, mountains.. all from my neighborhood.. would make a constant reminder of the beauty I am surrounded by.. the here and now. And a reason to celebrate nature and being alive.

  15. Jingle says:

    I actually have a plan. I’m getting the word be. tattooed on my wrist to serve as a constant reminder!

  16. Jen R says:

    I think looking to family is the best way to live in the moment!

  17. Jenny McGee says:

    It is nearing the end of another school year for my kids and I work at a school, so I could scrapbook about the anticipation of summer and the dragging last few weeks of school. The time feels like it will never end. Thanks for a chance to win.

  18. Karen Lingel says:

    For my birthday last year, I decided to have 50 new experiences, and so I am always on the lookout for opportunities to seize.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  19. tammy g says:

    I have so many things to be thankful for, especially for being a mom. That’s what I’d like to scrap about. :)

  20. Cynthia B. says:

    Just yesterday, I read an online article about how we’re letting our kids’ childhoods slip away because we’re spending too much time with our smartphones and in front of our computers. We may be “here”, but we’re not present.
    At the same time, because I always have my phone with built-in camera, I feel like I’ve captured more images of my kids’ childhood than I otherwise would have. I just have to remember to keep my mind’s camera on too, instead of tuning out of their playtime and into my own little world.
    So I need to scrap some of those phone camera photos…scrap some of those blurry, not-perfect impromptu shots too. Because it’s those everyday childhood moments that I know I’ll miss all too soon!

  21. Kirsten says:

    I was also thinking of a grateful for layout to help me remember what I am thankful for in the midst of the chaos of life.

  22. jengd says:

    I should really make myself a “good” mini. Most of scrap pages are about my son, the good and the bad. I need to make a mini just for me, displaying only the good just to keep it top of mind sometimes.

  23. Sue D says:

    Walking around my property and taking nature pictures would help me to live in the moment.

  24. Melissa K.D. says:

    Something that keeps me in the moment is taking time to “be a kid” with my kids! That kit would be perfect to scrap those moments too! Thanks for the chance!

  25. Stephanie DiSabato says:

    Creating a mini album of favorites of the day, at that moment, would help to remind me to live in the moment and enjoy it. Thanks for the chance to win that great kit!

  26. Katie says:

    I don’t know, that is really hard…a hard thing to do. Maybe make an album of simple things that you love…pancakes, my kitties ect. and then I could flip through if when I am worrying about things that aren’t important. I love love love these layouts, I wish I could do that! Love the spraying and doodling! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  27. Sometimes, for me that means putting down my camera and just enjoying an event we are at. Hard for a scrapbooker…but it helps in enjoying the moment!! Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

  28. Melinda Wilson says:

    Last weekend I attended a SB retreat and used my “Smash” book for the first time. I am writing and scrapbooking the little things that are happening in my life right now. This made me think more about the present this week than ever before and I really enjoyed each day better.

  29. I live in the now by sketching and writing in my sketchbook on a daily basis, taking photos, and when I do have a little free time, putting the photos and the jottings together in layouts – it gives me a little space to reflect and re-live those special moments that flit by so quickly.

  30. RamonaP says:

    Sometimes I have to stop what I am worrying about and choose to do something else for me to find the delight in small things. I just take them for granted so easily.

  31. Kimberli says:

    I would love to focus more on just taking every day pictures of us in our every day vs focusing so much on special events, etc and realizing that so much fun happens in what we do every day but rarely ever gets documented! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful collection!

  32. Lovely kit!!! as usual… I would love to spend less time on worry. I struggle with it daily!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  33. Susan B says:

    I sometimes get wrapped up in feeling like I have to get a scrapbook project done. Yesterday I put aside my scrapping to watch my grandson play soccer and realized how he has grown and how much his coordination has developed since last years games. I could make a “to do” list of what I want to scrapbook, put a line through it and finish off the page with photos of yesterdays game. That is living in the now.

  34. cindy barriga says:

    To stop and be. This would get me to appreciate life in the moment.

  35. Pamela J says:

    To be in the moment more, I can listen to my little ones. They ONLY live in the moment as “later” is so far away. They are my best reminder. Love this kit.

  36. Beth W says:

    Some really great comments here-all good advice.All my kids are grown and gone-so I tend to live too much in the past.Maybe I should make a banner for my craft room that says Live Today.Thanks for the thought provoking column.

  37. Katy Anderson says:

    I use my camera phone to capture images of the little moments – hubby snuggling with our cat, a funny shaped cloud, my niece’s “piggy face”…

  38. c@rol w says:

    I like to remind myself to “see” and to always have a camera handy. I think it would be a good idea to make a simple bracelet with that word on it so every time I touch something or look at it, I’d be more in touch with capturing “the now”.

  39. Keesha says:

    I have quotes and bible verses posted in every room of my house reminding me not to worry and to enjoy today!!

  40. Sherry Murphy says:

    WOW! I keep a journal of the things I want to do… It’s not really a bucket list, it’s more of a reminder of all the GOOD I have left to enjoy!

  41. Miss Cooper says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! This is something I have always struggled with and I am really working hard to improve! I keep an inspiration board in my craft space that reminds me of ALL THE GOOD I have going on at the moment.

  42. J. Jones says:

    I try and learn from my past, but live in the present! I scrapbook this subject regularly to remind me.

  43. Carol B says:

    I keep an art journal and I should scrap about how it has helped me put things in perspective!

    Carol B

  44. DolliN says:

    I would make a list of what is good in my life – there are so many things: my health and that of my family (all great), my husband graduating from seminary in a week (after 4 years), a good job, financially secure, and on, and on….When I get down about something, I only need to stop and think about my life now and not dwell on the past or worry about the future!

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