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I'll be the first to admit that I start sentences with "I remember..." much too often. I pour over photo albums and have been told on multiple occasions by one of my best friends that I live in the past.

But you know what? I'm okay with that.

It's actually helped me to draw inspiration on projects. On scrapbooks, for example, all you're doing is reliving memories as you play around with pretty paper, markers and your family pictures.

That's what my topic is this week, if you haven't figured that out already: scrapbooking. I'll get into why people do it and share some things I've learned (and still need to learn) about the process itself.

I figured today, though, I'd start out simple: picking out a scrapbook. I know when I enter Hobby Lobby or Target in search of a book for a friend of mine, it's kind of overwhelming (don't even get me started on picking out paper patterns. We'll save that for another day.) 

The variety out there is kind of crazy - leather or cloth? Pre-designed or a blank slate? Big or little? It's enough to make a non-scrapper roll their eyes and head to the sporting goods department and for the amateur to stand gazing at the selection with that all too familiar "deer caught in headlights" look.

I've been there a few times. Trust me.

But my best advice for this is to do what you're comfortable with. I choose one that reminds me of the person I'm making it for: blue for my friend that spends more time at the ocean than her apartment, pink for the girly girls, etc. 

My aunt recently created a book for her husband, who was traveling on business for most of the year, so he'd have pictures of her and their five kids wherever he was. The book came from a local craft store and already came complete with ribbons lining pages, quotes about love and colorful backgrounds. All she had to do was stick the photos inside, add a few personal, handwritten touches and viola. The result was beautiful.

So just remember that projects don't have to be scary. If you can hardly cut a straight line, let alone design an entire book around your husband, opt for something that's mostly completed. (My aunt happens to be a very creative person, by the way - that "can't cut a straight line" comment wasn't directed her way!) Remember: it's the thought that counts.