How often do you look back on your past layouts?

After reading an article in the latest issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. I was inspired to take a look back at my own pages and simply reflect on what I loved (and didn't) in order to guide me on the pages I am creating now. In general I am more of a do it and forget about it for now scrapper. Put it away until someone happens to want to take a look. But...

I thought this was such a great idea. Essentially, it encourages you to take a look back and focus on the things that are most important to you now. Which pages do I love most? Why? How can I make sure I am doing this in my current pages?

One of the biggest impacts for me today is that I love MORE journaling. I love to read more of the story. More words. Taking the time to really tell the story behind the page. Years from now I want my books to reflect feelings, emotions, facts, funny little tid-bits, and reality.

Lately I feel like I have been slacking in this department. Need to bring it back home again.

Here is one I reflected on from the December 2004 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Now this is what I am talking about - a complete story. In this case, my Mom wrote up the information for me (thanks Mom). It tells a good story. A story I want to be remembered. Something cool for Simon to know in the future.

The photos and the words. Enough words to really get that story down. And some nice paper and a couple embellishments. And maybe some paint. Or a stamp or two. Or a little bit of this and a little bit of that...but most of all, for me, I want the words.

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