I’ve Got (e)Mail: My Love Affair with My InBox

by Lain Ehmann on May 12, 2011

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Today, I’ve been asked by Yahoo! Mail to write about my emotional connections with email. This is actually a tough topic because I have SO MANY connections with email! Sounds crazy, eh? But it’s true.

One of the biggest ways that email has impacted my life as a writer and as a scrapbooker is through the ability to mine my emails — those I’ve received as well as those I’ve sent — for journaling for my scrapbook pages.

I actually teach this strategy as a way for scrapbookers to quickly and easily create journaling for their pages. Why recreate the wheel when you’ve got a whole goldmine of material already on your computer, just waiting for you to grab it?

For instance, looking through my out box, I see emails on the following topics:

  • Organizing the Bean Bag Toss for the fair for my daughters’ school carnival (not only will I want to document the actual event, I can pull some of these emails from my role as Room Mom to remind my kids what I went through for them!)
  • Emails going back and forth with my husband about who’s driving the 45-minute-each-way trip to drop my son off (and of course pick him up) from his twice-weekly baseball practice
  • Emails from our real estate agent about our struggles to buy and sell a house here and out of state (like with childbirth, I will forget the pain we went through to move. Printing these out and adding them to a scrapbook layout about moving will remind me I NEVER WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN)
  • Emails to a girlfriend as we joke about our concurrent moves
  • Emails to and from my sister-in-law — a new grandma — as we swap photos of the cute kids
  • …And on and on it goes!
  • Email is not just a way to connect. It’s a way to document our lives as they’re happening. My inbox and outbox create a microcosm of my life, right here and now. Even if you’re not a scrapbooker (gasp!), you can create a pretty decent record of your life just by copying your email messages.
  • I figure, if it’s worth emailing about, it’s worth scrapbooking. And worth remembering.
P.S. Take this challenge: Create a scrapbook layout based on your inbox, then return here to leave a link. I’ll send a little snail mail love to one winner who posts by Sunday, May 15.

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