Too Much to Do

The day to day ramblings of a scrapbooker…

remember back in high school…

Someone recently told me that I was the “shy kid” back in high school. Funny, I never thought of myself as shy. But apparently I came across as being shy.

Our impressions of things around us may not necessarily be how others see it. For me, I always thought I was the “odd kid,” the one no one really wanted to hang around with so I always just kept to myself and kept quiet. So that came across as “shy.”

We still have many of the same feelings and emotions as we get older. I don’t consider myself as shy and at least one friend laughed at me when I said that. Another said I was not afraid of expressing my opinions and certainly spoke up when I felt like it.

So how do you see yourself? I’m in the adventure of Cathy’s Zielske’s Me: The Abridged Version” Big Picture Scrapbooking class and looking at myself is really what it is about. What I love. What I can’t live without. What annoys me. Everything about me. We should scrap about ourselves and not just those around us. Because that’s what those AFTER us will be looking at too. They won’t want to know just about the people we scrapped about, but about the one who did the scrapbooking and why too.

Scrap yourself.

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Musing, scrapbooking | Leave a comment

patience and comfort

I do a lot of thinking in the shower and in the car, both good places where you generally have some “quiet” time. Yesterday, it hit me in the car that during what I consider my better hockey games, I generally get into a comfort level where everything feels just right and as if I’m in a zen zone. It’s not forced. It’s inspiring and my head feels clear. I know what to do and where do be, even though my feet and hands don’t always cooperate LOL.

Sometimes, the same is true with my scrapbooking. It’s not forced. I’m not scraplifting. It’s inspiring and I feel inspired. Something just feels oh so right.

So how do I get there?

That’s when it hit me. It has something to do with being warmed up. As I’m listening today to a Paperclipping Roundtable, there was a comment made too about this. A “practice” page or a “warm-up” page. I’d never really thought about it that way. I’ve always just kind of gone through some magazine or website layouts for inspiration. Maybe it’s not so much inspiration I need, as it is to just DO a layout to get my hands full of ink and glue and cut some paper and that might be inspiration enough.

So, I have a wonderful crop weekend coming up with some friends. Maybe that is what I will do. Just take some photos I scrapped before and just dig in and let the creativity flow from there. I sure know that it won’t hurt. And who knows what inspiration will actually come out of it?

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Musing, scrapbooking | Leave a comment

Are you caught up?

I used to worry about it. A lot. I was never going to be caught up with my scrapbooking. I was always going to be behind. It was awful. How could this hobby actually overtake me in such a way to cause this stress?

Then, I started in on something even worse. I started redoing some of my pages.GASP! How could I? Now I’d be even further behind!

Well, it taught me something. It taught me to stop scrapping chronologically. It allowed me to back off and be a little more creative in what I was doing. And, it took the stress away.

How many times I have heard about someone “finishing” this book or that book and I’ve though, ok, so some part of your life is done. But what have you recorded but events? Our lives are full of events, but so many chronological scrappers are recording birthdays and holidays or school events and extra-curricular activities. But how many of us have CAPTURED the essence of our lives when we do that? The stuff that makes us family historians…. and how many of us actually capture ourselves in our scrapbooks.

Redoing those first few pages allowed me to step back and take a look at the photos and see more deeply into them. With the help of a few other things, such as Stacy Julian’s “Photo Freedom” and “Big Picture Scrapbooking,” I’ve allowed myself to step away from chronological scrapping and really scrapbook the stuff of LIFE.

Doing this for me, has made scrapbooking, as Ali Edwards calls it, life art. I take our bits and pieces of life and make it art. I like to refer to it as mixed media art (except of course when I digi scrap 🙂 ).

And now, I know I have taken this “hobby” and made it something that will hopefully last forever and be treasured because it will be bits and pieces of our family in a way that hopefully shows our ancestors who we were and what we thought and felt.

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Musing, scrapbooking | Leave a comment

scrapping on a budget

I’m starting to see all kinds of posts, tweets, blogs and you name it about “scrapping on a budget.” Many of the suggestions are the same… “use your stash”… “digital scrap”… and few go behind that. So, what is it about scrapbooking that makes it become an “expensive” hobby?

I find that a lot of people are addicted to stuff. Part of that is societal (we are a consumer society) but with scrapbooking, it is almost a form of hoarding. They need the latest tool or newest paper. I admit to being guilty of it myself. It’s hard to say “no” to anything when your passion is affected. These little things start to add up and not many of us really use a budget, be it with a hobby or the groceries.

I’ve learned that the best way is to set a budget and stick with it. Sure, use your stash. Do more hybrid scrapping. Think about some of your supplies as “consumables” and consider what you really do and do not need. Can you use real world stuff? Perhaps that coaster from the bar where your husband proposed in place of some cool new $5 embellishment?

The reality is that scrapping is not so much about whether the items are acid free or photo safe as much as it used to be due to the advent of the digital camera. Most people today are not scrapping their ORIGINAL photos any more. Why? there really isn’t an “original” any more. More often than not, it resides on a disk now. Hopefully, we are appropriately archiving the disk now!

So what does this mean? It means that essentially anything you have that you want to save or use for embellishment can go in your scrapbooks now. So, does this mean doom for scrapbooking vendors? Likely not. People have developed an inclination to use the special papers they’ve become accustomed too. But, just like digital scrappers still spend money, paper scrappers will too. I do think they may be more thoughtful about their purchases though.

It isn’t so much being thoughtful now about the scrap page itself, but what is going into it too.

June 4, 2009 Posted by | scrapbooking | | Leave a comment

“The Girl’s Loft”

Keep an eye out for this new scrapbook kit site, “The Girl’s Loft.” As excited as Margie is about getting this venture up and running, it should be exciting on launch day. Keep an eye out for 6/15/09! Be sure to check out Margie‘s blog too!

May 27, 2009 Posted by | scrapbooking, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment