I’ve Started A Scrapbook

I've Started A Scrapbook

Well, not a proper scrapbook. Not some pinterest worthy, Lesley Knope-esque scrapbook. No glitter.

In truth, it’s just a blank book where I can stick little bits like business cards and ticket stubs and maybe leave a blunt review or a few words of endearment about the day/trip/event. Simple stuff.

But yes, regardless of whether or not there are pretty bows or glitter or shiny pages or whatever, it very much is a scrapbook.

The reasons that I went to Tiger and picked up a £1 notebook are numerous. It acts as a way of keeping track of my life here in Paris, it gives all the little bits of paper that I seem to collect a little home so they don’t all get lost, and it provides me with something to do in the evening or if its raining. Still all pretty simple.

Simple is something that I’ve decided to embrace more and more.

My flat is ghostly white and almost empty aside from the predominantly white furniture. Everything I own also seems to be becoming whiter and whiter as I grow into the space. I don’t own many things in France because I just can’t take it all too and from Paris without any kind of logistical help. I use pretty much everything I own on the reg.

This whole ‘minimalism’ thing does not come naturally to me. I like to have a lot of things around me. I like to have a lot of options, even if I end up choosing the same things over and over. You should have seen the great piles of things I have taken to uni for the past two years. I think at one point I owned 15 mugs. I am a hoarder, or at least, I used to be.

To be honest, I’m actually really enjoying Paris this time around (so far, anyway). Sure it gets lonely at times, and at times I’m bored out of my mind, but most of the time I really am having a great time.

I think the reason for all this positivity is that I’m more accepting of the fact that Paris might be awful. It might be long and boring and tiring, it might be lonely and stifling and cold. Because of this, I notice the little smiles just that little bit more.

I feel like I want to keep cutting down on the things I own and the overwhelming things that I do and think and say. Owning less and forcing myself to do less has really opened my eyes.

Sometimes you need to slow down. You need to slow right down to nothing in order to really feel the things around you and experience the world outside your front door. You need to clasp hold of the things that really do make you happy and you need to get rid of the things that bring you down, even if that means letting go of some of your own characteristics and traits.

This little scrapbook is just the start of what is going to be a big change for me. A big change.

I've Started A Scrapbook

Do you have a way of keeping your memories fresh?
How do you feel about the minimalist trend?



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  • Jess French says:

    This is really cool, I have considered doing something like this, I’m so sentimental and like to keep little things.

    Jess x

  • Frey de Fleur says:

    I’m such a hoarder so I always keep little things like this but they’re usually tucked away in a box under my bed. I should definitely start displaying them in a book or on my wall more. Such a lovely idea Imii x


  • Bethan says:

    This is such a lovely idea and i’m glad Paris is a bit better this time around.
    I’d love to do something like this. Everything seems to be online now, whether it’s Instagram or just folders or your computer, it would be nice to have something which you can hold and look through. xx


  • May Cho says:

    Whether it a $1 scrapbook or a $54 Pinterest-worthy one, I think you’ve done such a lovely job at the scrapbook, Imii. I love the fact that you mentioned being accepting of things and possibilities make it that much easier to embrace positivity. It’s something I’ve started realizing in my life, too, and it’s a pretty wonderful revelation.

    With regards to keeping memories fresh, I do it two ways: I have sandwich bags of memories, where I throw all my ticket stubs or Polaroids or receipts, and I have a diary where I write. I write, write, write.

    Minimalism is definitely something I am smitten with but, like you, I love having things around me, so it’s kind of difficult to descend into it as of now, haha. I hope you enjoy Paris, Imii. Have a lovely weekend. <3

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin’

  • The Nerdy Me says:

    I think this way of scrap booking is the best. I do enjoy more minimalistic things, but room is an opposite of it, haha. I like to keep all tickets from events or little bits and pieces in a box, so it’s like a memories box and I can look through it when I feel like it and remember all the fun times 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Emily says:

    Your scrapbook looks amazing, and I totally understand what you mean about the ‘simple’ thing. Sometimes it’s better, I love getting the point across with minimal glitter xx


  • Martha Jane says:

    So glad you’re enjoying Paris more this time round! Minimalism doesn’t come easily to me either, though I wish it did! Your scrapbook is looking lovely though x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • Rosie | eatreadglam says:

    This is a great idea, also your handwriting is lovely! I have loads of ticket stubs and things that I always say I will put in a scrapbook and it hasn’t happened yet, but you’ve inspired me to get mine sorted.

  • Patti Blue says:

    That’s such a cool idea! I always wanted to do some kind of scrapbook but I don’t think I would stick with it, because my mind is messed up and I have the concentration span of a fly! 😉 But maybe I will have one in the future when I feel more organised!
    Patti Shifting Tales

  • Jodie says:

    I love the idea behind this scrapbook. I’m a real sentimental person and something like this would help me look back and see exactly what it was I was doing. Minimalism doesn’t come naturally to me either! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  • Lucy says:

    Your scrapbook is so pretty – what a cool idea, something I’d like to start too!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • elainea says:

    Aw it’s so cute! I wish I had more scrapbooking skils. I try to make my blog more of like a scrap book of my life, since I can never really stick to writing everything down on paper. Thanks for sharing, would love to see more of it as you keep it up!!

    toast the girl almighty

  • Your scrapbook is adorable. It reminds me of my travel journal. I would always add metro tickets or museum passes with little blurbs. I don’t really keep up with the scrapbook but I do have a box full of momentos. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  • Aimée Julia Cottle says:

    I quite like minimalism. I frequently declutter, throwing away the things that have accumulated over a 6 month/year period. I hate lots of stuff. My OH is a massive hoarder though, so it’s difficult. This scrapbook is a great idea! 🙂 x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Beka Louise says:

    I love this idea and I love how you’ve laid everything out with a little description of each one! I keep my memories on notice boards, everything from ticket stubs, cinema tickets, flower cards.. You name it I’ve kept it.

    Beka. xo | littleworldofbeka

  • Tyana Lois says:

    Such a raw, genuine way of documenting memories! I write little dot points in a journal at the end of each day, and I adore your use of stubs and such to add to your short descriptions.


  • Katie Louise says:

    I love this idea. I’ve kept scrapbooks, and actually used one a lot last year but it’s been a good 6 months or so since I even opened it.

  • Madeline Ralph says:

    So simple but does the job perfectly! You’ve definitely reminded me to start something like this myself 🙂


  • nicole says:

    This is lovely! I am going to hopefully be starting a scrapbook very soon! It’s just getting all the bits together and building up supplies x

    Thrifty vintage fashion

  • I love the simplicity of your notebook. It’s such a lovely idea to keep all your physical memories in one place as time can pass by so quickly and it’s nice to reminisce on the good times when you’re feeling a little low.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

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