Oh, I’m [Not] Scrappin’ My Life Away

Once upon a time there was a woman who signed up to do a scrapbook workshop. A few cutesie stickers (archival of course) and die cuts later she was hooked. She bought fancy scissors, stickers, die cuts, and fancy archival pens. Oh my Lord, the possibilities! She made one cool scrapbook documenting her Key West honeymoon with her hubby. And that was it. Let’s see, that was 10 years ago. Now her scrapbook supplies are collecting dust. The cult of scrap just didn’t take.

But then the woman got a digital camera. And then she had two babies. And then she started taking about 9 million pictures a year.

And then she started digital scrapbooking. No paper! No mess! No more stuff collecting dust!

Well, she still only scrapbooks occasionally.

Like maybe three times a year.

I found a great site via the BlogJolt group I belong to called Real Women Scrap. At first I thought, oh yes it’s yet another annoyingly perky scrapbooking site that will serve only to remind me of what a slacker I am for not documenting every day of my girls’ lives.

But I soon discovered that this blog is not just another pretty scrapbook site.

A recent post caught my eye about making time for a personal retreat. I just booked a night away for my husband, just a little over an hour’s drive in the boonies, so he can concentrate and work on some much needed strategic business planning away from the office, the house, the girls, and the dogs. And the place he is staying at has WiFi. Bonus!

I especially like this comment from Tasra’s post…Don’t get lost in the shuffle of life or let your energy be starved from lack of inspiration. Take time to nurture yourself today.

Hmmm, I think I could use a personal spa retreat.

I also liked this post about learning what to let go in life. So, I think you’ll find Tasra has something for everyone, whether you do that scrapbooking thing or not.

Speaking of scrapbooking, do you do it? And if you tell me that you’ve created albums for every family vacation for the past dozen years, as well as albums for all of your siblings, nieces, nephews, and the family dog, I will hunt you down and beat you with my paper trimmer.

6 comments

  1. Bluegrass Mama says:

    I do not scrapbook. I have no interest in scrapbooking. Sure, they look nice, but I would find it a chore, not a fun hobby.

    Back in my film days (no, I was not a movie star, I just have let my film camera gather dust for years since I went digital), I would actually spend some time every few months putting the best pictures in plain old albums and even putting a few labels on them with dates and names. The best thing about procrastinating was that the longer I waited to put them in albums, the easier it was to throw away the less desirable pics.

    Now I at least file them in appropriate computer folders, and even make a CD backup occasionally. But I only print on an as-needed basis. Someday I’m going to spend a fortune having some printed and put them in albums, too. But plain old photo albums, not scrapbooks!

  2. Richie Ann says:

    I tried scrapbooking with all the zeal of a beginner. I made one halfway but not very cool scrapbook.
    But I have a niece who loves loves loves it. When my husband and I married each other all by ourselves out in the woods, we took pictures of ourselves using the timer on our camera. I “hired” her to scrapbook it for me and it is the coolest wedding album I’ve ever seen. She used less than 20 pictures cuz that’s all we had, but she included our wedding vows, the announcement in the paper, a pocket for our liscense, and one for our cards recieved. It is seriously one of my very favorite possessions.

  3. Mrs.M says:

    I enjoy scrapbooking, but it’s a heck of a lot of time. I made a 60 page book for my little brother for Christmas. It was filled with pictures and stories. I wanted him to have documented memories of our dad and grandparents. He loved it, which is remarkable since he’s a 13 year old boy.

  4. Busy Mom says:

    I’m a little distracted by the url “real womens crap”. Oops, that’s not what it’s supposed to be, is it?

  5. Anne says:

    oh I so need to do this digiscrapping. but even tho i know it exists and even tho i don’t do the real-deal anymore, I STILL buy the clearance cutesie scrappy hoo-hah when i see it at the end of the aisle. stop the insanity!

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