It seems like forever since I've done a scrapbooking post. To which I hear my Aunt Leanne saying, "And that's a bad thing?"
But with the return of school and the reorganization that continues to go on around here, I've had more interest in scrapbooking. Nothing motivates me to scrapbook quite like procrastinating homework.
One of my friends had a birthday this Friday. Late this summer I had an idea for an album for her. One of her regular refrains when bad things happen is "God hates me". I've told her I wanted to start charge her each time she said it. Mainly because I was tired of hearing myself say, "God does not hate you." To which she would say, "Yes, he does." I'm sure I said at some point, "And how do you know he's a he?"
When I showed the album to Matt he said, "That's kind of harsh". He had me worried, but I was right. She LOVED it. I told her to print some pictures and then come on over so I can convert her to the church of craft. Actually I told her I'd help her finish the album, but I think she knows my hidden agenda.
Later that night, some of the letters started falling off the album. She asked me how to stick them back on. I said, "Don't worry, I have several types of glue." She said, "Of course you do."
When we moved back into our apartment, Matt and I renegotiated where everything was going to be stored and I convinced him to let me put my scrapbooking cart in the dining room, since that's where I most often scrapbook. Plus, when it was in the "office" (aka the corner of our bedroom) the scrapbooking stuff would spill over onto the computer desk and that was a real nuisance to him, and even to me.
This past weekend I spent some time reorganizing all the stuff. Notice the papers. I'm generally disorganized but I've always loved organization by color.
I found the wire basket which holds my mini-albums at Goodwill. :)
I love this cart because it is compact, it is on castors, and it holds A LOT of stuff.
Paints, glue sticks, staplers, scissors, pens/markers, letter stickers, punches, letter stamps.
Buttons, stamp pads, embellishments, ribbons, adhesives, and chipboard.
A big stack of paper, paste, pictures, and unfinished albums.
I think this reorganization is going to jumpstart a new wave of scrapbooking. Clearly, I have more than enough materials to keep me going for awhile.
I'm feeling much more motivated to approach this hobby the fast and easy way. A couple months ago I thought of saving favorite cards by just punching a hole in the them and putting them on a ring. Easy peasy. Got that started today.
And late last summer I made an 8x8" mini-album just for visitors. I created a short survey for them to fill out about places we went, things we did, favorite things they ate, most memorable moments, and what they want to do next time they come. I put letter stickers on the cover, but I didn't like the colors, so I painted over them in white paint, rubbed off some of the paint after it started to dry, and then peeled the stickers off.
I made the inside easy too so that this wouldn't be a hard album to maintain. Four 4x6 pictures cut into 4x4s on one side with the survey filled out by our guests on the other side.
Matt's parents are on their way from Michigan for a visit, so I'll have to make use of it again. It was fun last year to see the things they enjoyed doing...like going along to Matt's hockey game, just like the good ol' days when he was in high school. So, tomorrow night the four of us are headed to his game. He'll be the only guy at men's league with a cheering section - lucky him. ;)
And since I can't seem to post without a puppy picture, here's Kaia papaya enjoying a new toy from our neighbors.
Almost 9 months old, and no longer looking like a puppy but still acting like one.