Just one short year ago, I was not a scrapbooker. I thought October Afternoon was a lovely fall day, that My Mind's Eye was a catchy expression and that Two Peas in a Bucket meant that I had a lot more work to do in the garden.
But before I get into how exactly that all changed, let me back up a bit.
You see, even though I wasn't a "scrapbooker," I had made several scrapbooks. I viewed this much like I view cooking... I don't enjoy it, but we have to eat, right? I had fun pictures and memories I wanted to save and the logical thing was certainly to paste them into a book. I did not enjoy the process. In fact, it was a chore to say the least. But, having the final albums on the shelf was so nice and it also represented another thing checked off the list of things to do, right next to cooking dinner.
Albums like the planning of my wedding. This album is seriously huge. You could dislocate a shoulder trying to get it off the shelf. I don't think they even make this size any more, but I will tell you that most of the pages don't have protectors on them because they were so expensive to buy. HaHa!
Oh, yes - check out the oval cut photo and the decorative edge scissors at work! This was 2001 after all.
How about the strap style album used for my honeymoon trip?If there were supplies beyond the stationary isle in Michael's, I didn't know about them. That is clearly evident here!
And here! Oh my, look at the sunshines!!!
(Let me jump in here to add that there is nothing wrong with sunshines or themed scrapping. It's just not what speaks to me and it's not what jazzes me about playing with paper and glue! And, getting jazzed is what made this go from being a chore to being a seriously fun hobby for me :)
And then in 2003, we bought our house and I started a little post-bound album of the decorating we did to make it our own... Complete with old wall paper and paint swatches:
When we started our family, I began a little 6x6 post-bound birthday book for each new child. One page a year shows the fun time we had celebrating...complete with photos cut into outlines:Apparently, at some point I did discover the scrapbook isle and bought some birthday themed paper:
So, how on earth did I get from this point to being a completely obsessed paper crafter? What made me go from dreading the glue stick and scissors to looking forward to nights spent with my stack of pretty paper?
How did I go from scrapping the above, without enjoyment... to scrapping something like this with complete joy?
Join me through the month of July as I celebrate my 1 year Scrapiversary.
We will take a trip down memory lane and explore things from what first peaked my interest in this hobby, to my first scrapbook shopping trip, to the completely awkward phase of trying to find "my style."
And, of course, I will be sharing my usual start to finish posts throughout the month as well. I hope you will take this trip into the past year with me! See you again soon at the Mailbox!