So now that I've recuperated from lack of sleep and stomach yuckies, I can look back on the classes I took last weekend in AL and go, "hey - that was pretty cool." After taking Cathy Z's classes, I came home and read her new book, Clean and Simple Scrapbooking, The Sequel. It's incredible! Even better than her first one. While reading it and thinking back on my classes at the event, I had an a-ha moment...
She said "It's not REASONABLE to think you're going to scrapbook every picture you take." I'm taking this a step further and saying to myself, "Self! It's not REASONABLE to think you're going to scrap every picture you WANT to scrap or that you think is SCRAP-WORTHY!"
I take loads of pictures. The ones I keep are all pretty darn good thanks to my digital camera. I get this idea in my head that if the picture's good - I should scrap it! NOT POSSIBLE! I take too many good pictures and I only have so much time to scrap. Even though I'm way past caring about being "caught up" - I think I have been subconsciously pressuring myself to scrap all my photos that are good. That's pretty much all my photos. TOO MUCH PRESSURE! No more. I've made a list of the things I WANT to scrap about. Those things that are truly important to me, the things I want to scrap now. I have been scrapping just for the sake of scrapping. You know, just to play, have fun, use pretty paper, etc. That would be okay if I didn't have anything important to scrap about but I do! There's a lot I have to say that hasn't been said! There are things I wish I knew about my Mother when she was my age - I want to scrap those things about myself! Cathy also said, "you have just enough time to scrapbook the things that matter most to you." Man, I love that woman!
So I've started a list of what's important to scrap now. I will be taking pictures for some of these and some I have pics that I can use.
- our town (after the tornado, I realize how sad it is that I don't have pics of our neighborhood, I want to remember how much I love this town and how it looks now)
- Caroline playing with her toys (too many of our pics are staged and don't show real life, I need real life)
- Mike's business that he co-owns with 3 partners: Creation Audio Labs - I want to show how the office looks, what he does and who he works with - I would LOVE to have pictures of my Dad at the office
- my scrapbook store, where I work, what I do, why I do it
- our church, our pastors, even what we believe
- grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and their homes
- our favorite places to go
- more pictures of Mike and me together - how we met
- more family pictures: Mike, Caroline and me
- pics of all my friends and all Caroline's friends
- what things cost, receipts
- our daily schedule
While I'm doing the important layouts, I'll still be having fun playing with all my pretty stuff. Doesn't this make sense? I really want to stick to my guns on this one.
Any other suggestions? If you could take a peek at your life when you were 5 1/2, what would you like to know? What's important to you NOW? I'd love to hear!