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Sometimes the Writing is in the Stars…

“You have been more thoughtful of late, and have begun to be more true to yourself. This is due to your own recent introspection. Yes, Christine, you really can change your life. All it takes is time and commitment. You have made great progress in your personal development. Continue on this path and you will wind up in a much better place. Keep your eye on the goal, but don’t be so focused that you forget to enjoy the journey.”

Sometimes it’s scary what my horrorscope has to say. Jason & I went to my parent’s house for lunch yesterday; my Mom’s college roommate was in town to visit. She lives in Alaska, which has been pretty high on my list of places to visit for the past 20 years of my life. After lunch, Jason & I headed down to Chelsey’s house to spend the night. Jason & her son, Jordan, had a great time playing together. Chelsey & I worked on her scrapbook of photographs from her trip to Florida last fall. It was hysterical, I said something about me scrapbooking & she said “I don’t know if you would enjoy it.” This is hysterical because I love to arrange photographs, I really do. I never took up scrapbooking because I know myself too well – I’d be so hooked I’d be buying stuff for it all the time! But as I watched her I realized that I really need to do it – I need to do something with all of my photos. In some ways the Pixelog is my online scrapbook. I like knowing what the story is behind a photo. Sure, not every picture has a story – but most do, and I find looking at the pictures even more enjoyable if there is a story to read to go with it.

I got up this morning and worked out before breakfast, just like I wouild if I was at home. I brought lunch with me so I would have a meal that fit within the plan. After lunch we went shopping for pet stuff and scrapbooking supplies! (No, I didn’t buy anything.) We hated to come home at the end of the day, but there was laundry waiting for me to do before work tomorrow. Hard to believe Jason has only 3 more days of school.

Anyone have some spare scrapbooking supplies they want to send to me? Any tips? I want to do it, now I just have to figure out where to start.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

11 replies on “Sometimes the Writing is in the Stars…”

Most stores have a scrape book kit that could get u started at least…give u a book and some supplies to get u started…I have been working on mine from time too time too…

Oh, Alaska, Alaska, I definitely recommend it.

As for scrapbooking, doing it is nowhere near as addictive as shopping for it seems to be. And while I’ve read oodles of books (worked at a craft store) and used lots of the techniques to make mini-albums or holiday cards, I still can’t remember (get inspired) to finish an online scrapbook, much less a real one. (get all the supplies out, get all the paper & photos out, do a page or two – trying to ignore the perfectionist within, then put everything up again… yea right.)

You should try and find a scrapbook party. Like avon, only with paper and punches, you can buy the supplies discounted and get ideas & encouragement from other people.

Question is – does anyone have a finished scrapbook? See, that’s why I’ve never dared to start one – I’m afraid it would end up in my huge pile of unfinished stuff and just gather more dust while causing more clutter.

I have a couple of completed ones — I’ve used things from Creative Memories, and also from the scrapping sections at Targhét and Michael’s. That said, I have about 6 months worth of photos stacked up waiting for the next album…and I just don’t have the time…

Some people completely zone out and will devote huge blocks of time (days, weekends, etc.) to doing nothing but scrapping. There are clubs and parties and get-togethers. I am not one of those people… Although I enjoy it, I never seem to find the time — and then it becomes more of a “chore” than an enjoyment.

With your plate even more full than mine is, I hope you fit into the former…but… Start small. That stuff gets EXPENSIVE! Get a mini scrapbook at the craft store along with a few supplies and see if it’s something you could really get into first. A Creative Memories album with all the trimmings could hit $50 in the blink of an eye!

$50? Oh my … no. I added up just *some* of the cool stuff I wanted that Chelsey has – that was about $200 … and I didn’t finish adding things in! So then I went to Wal-Mart. Found a nice book, some papers, scissors, templates … and even then it was close to $100! (At least that was more “stuff” then the Creative Memories route.) I promptly put it all back on the shelf though and went home to stare at the last unfinished cross stitch picture I have that’s still waiting for me. Maybe in a few months. It would make a nice birthday gift from Mom or something!

Yeah — I didn’t mean $50 as in “just $50 to get started“. I meant $50 as in assuming you already had the supplies to scrap onhand and just wanted to make one nice, fairly bare-bones album. 😉

Christine, how did you find the class on Sunday? I Love the photos at the top and bottom of this page… they remind me of the ones I used to take of myself all the time… I’m going to have to dig them out sometime! Thanks for the inspiration.

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