Happy New Year! My best wishes to you, my bloggy friends, for a wonderful 2012.
Do you have new year's resolutions? Diet and exercise are always popular resolutions, but I think my resolution for 2012 may be to scrapbook more often. *gasp*
I am an avid card maker! I am a very slow crafter, so scrapbooking a 2-page LO for me can be a 17 hour chore. Yes, I admire you gals that slap together gorgeous LOs in 30 minutes. I wish it came that easy for me. I never intended to start scrapbooking EVER. But a dear friend gave me two beautiful baby scrapbook albums as a baby shower gift nearly 10 years ago before the birth of my twin girls. That was probably the most difficult moment in my life to be gracious...I smiled and thanked her, but in my head there were a few explicative words that are not in my spoken vocabulary. At the same time, I felt guilty to NOT want to scrapbook my two sweet angel girls. Another dear friend, Roberta, helped me get those albums done shortly after the girls' first birthday.
It was at that time that my dh asked me if I would make a travel album of each of our annual vacations. I stifled a groan, but I did want to do this for him and for us. Several months later we moved to Virginia and I got a part-time job teaching classes at a local scrapbook store called Memories. I enjoy teaching and I loved the 40% off employee discount. The teacher "pay" consisted of two identical class kits provided by the Memories designers. One we were required to make for the store to display and keep and the other was our compensation. On occasion I would make both kits at the same time, but not usually (yeah, I am regretting that now.) So now I have a gazillion kits (only a slight exaggeration).
Still, this resolution seems monumental to me. You may know that I did a craft room purge last fall. I survived that despite being really really busy. I was able to donate a lot of stuff, but there is still plenty of stash that I am still hoarding. I need to make space for new product that I know will find its way to my craft room! So this is where my resolution comes in...start using those kits and I will s l o w l y make some wiggle room for new papers and supplies.
In stead of starting chronologically, I started with our most recent trip. I asked dhDH (dear husband Doug Houck) to develop his favorite pictures of our 20th anniversary Alaska trip from last summer. I pulled out the kit from the first class I taught at Memories (summer 2004!) I moved elements around and did not use the coin tags, ribbons, fibers and some other embellies, but here is the left-hand page:
In 2004 the Memories kits did not have 2-page LOs (my personal preference). So I took the other page from that kit and swapped out some papers so the right-hand page would (hopefully) flow with the left-hand page:
As much as I did not feel like doing this, I am pleased that I completed it and I am motivated to keep going! And it only took me 2.5 hours. And I am gonna ask dhDH to help me. I will ask him to develop 6-8 of his favorite pictures from each trip, then I will make a 2-page LO of each trip. One year down, nineteen to go :)
A few years ago this gorgeous tapestry travel album was on clearance from Creative Memories. I snatched it up for this project:
What are your resolutions?