I overheard some advice one time (not intended for me) that has really stuck with me. One busy lady was saying to another that she needed to pick one or two things to be really awesome at, and to settle for “good” in the rest of her responsibilities. In other words, since it’s impossible to do a million things with perfect excellence, you should be intentional about which projects get your best time and energy. In a similar spirit, one of my monthly magazines has a regular column called “Good (enough) Housekeeping,” that is full of shortcut tips for jobs that just don’t need to be done at 100%.
There are several things that I do that I love enough to do really well. Keeping up with my photos is not one of them, which is kind of surprising because I’m incredibly sentimental about my memories. I’ve got a few traditional photo albums, and I have basic captions written for most of the pictures. Every picture I’ve taken since getting married is still stored on my hard drive, neatly filed in digital folders.
Wisdom tells me that this should be good enough, but I’ve suffered from scrapbooking guilt. I love the idea of personalized books, printed paper, decoratively trimmed edges, and lengthy, reflective captions for each page. But I haven’t been able to bring myself to actually devote the money, time, and energy into starting scrapbooking as a hobby. The idea is overwhelming, and I know that I won’t follow through even if I do ever start.
Well, I think I’ve found a solution: Good (enough) scrapbooking through online photo books. One of my fourth grade moms made one of these for my end-of-the-year gift, and it’s a beautiful and sweet collection of photos as well as the students’ favorite memories and moments from the year, which this mom had them write while I was in Phoenix. I looked online and discovered that these books look pretty easy to make and , even including printing and shipping costs, are relatively inexpensive.
These books seem to include what I like about scrapbooks- lots of room to personalize with written reflections and multiple photos all decoratively arranged on each page- while avoiding some of the inconveniences- font is neater than my actual handwriting, it can be assembled on the computer without any expensive software, and the final product is a perfect size to store neatly on a bookshelf or out on a coffee table.
I do realize that most things that seem too good to be true usually are, but this seems to be a great compromise for me. If you’ve had a different experience with this sort of thing, please let me know!