Scrapbooking By Laura

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Hello scrapping friends! Are you taking some great pictures this winter? Are you hoping to get them on pages before summer? At the store we have some pretty fun ideas on how you can do that. First one is coming up on Monday, Jan. 26th. I know it’s not mentioned in the class list, and I know it’s not mentioned on the store website, BUT there will be an Express Class. Someone-not mentioning names -forgot about putting the class on there! Can you believe it!?
For those of you not familiar with this class, it’s a class where you can get 6 pages done in about 2 1/2 hours. Everything is cut out for you and I always say it really is like kindergarten. You just have to stick the paper together. I so enjoy these classes because I know once a month I will get 6 pages done, and closer towards my goal.
I have a quote, and it really is true “Inspiration does exist, BUT it must find you working” some famous guy named Pablo Picasso said this. How true. So my goal is to actually work on my scrapbook, because how else are they going to get done!
This brings me to the second way you can get your pictures on pages. We are having a scrappin retreat, in 19 sleeps!! (Feb 6th-8th) There are only 3 spots left, so sign up now. Can’t wait to get even more pages done. I felt a bit overwhelmed that I wasn’t getting organized. So this is what I did to get organized-feel free to use this system and hopefully it works for both of us.
-I laid out 25 pages of white paper on the floor.
-Then I laid out which pictures I wanted to put together. I put sticky notes on the pile, if I needed to get more pictures to tell the story.
-then I started to think of titles &/or journaling. Using more sticky notes I made notes on them.
-Final step, I went thru magazines, and found different layouts that would work for the pictures I had, and of course, drew it out on a sticky note. (Love sticky notes!!)
The paper choice I didn’t worry about too much because we will bring half the store with us to the retreat so I know there will be something that works. We even have some paper that isn’t out on the shelf and the ladies at the retreat will be the first to see it. It’s so beautiful!
Hope this all works, I’ll let ya know when I get back from the retreat! 
Happy winter to you all and here is a list I found in a magazine of pictures you could take in winter.
*winter boot lined up
*mugs of hot chocolate, and people sipping them
*winter sunrises
*People making snowmen
*your kids/pets bundled up for the cold outdoors
*your themometer-brrr
*eating snow
*trees after a snow
*a family member asleep on the couch after a hard day out in the snow
*a picture of you scrapbooking, cause what better time to do it, than in the cold days of winter!


Retreat what a great weeekend!

Now that I have had a 13 hour nap I feel like scrappin’ again. I don’t know about you, but I can only do 2 nights in a row of being up after 3 am, then I just need a nap! The 3rd night when we were iced in, at the Inn did me in!! What a great weekend-not of sleep, but of scrappin’ and eatin’ and laughin,’ with friend both old and new. The bonus of an extra day was so much fun. Once we decided that we were not going to venture out on the ice (it was the hunter man that came in and said he drove 30 km/hr on the gravel roads to get there,  that made my final decision to stay) we continued with the great scrappin’ time. Some people took a break and watched “Desperate Housewives” while others figured it was there chance to break the 33 pages (and 2 mini albums!!) during a retreat record. For myself I was trying to figure out “if I started the page 2 retreats ago and finally finished it now-did it still count as a page finished ?!”


So what was your favorite paper at the retreat? We brought half the store  to the Inn, so it was hard to choose but I would have to say it was the Fancy Pants line. We had both The Daily Grind and the All Fall line. Love them both and am happy to say there are a few sheets still at the store. Think I’ll go down and get me a few more for my stash.


So I thought I’d write something for the blog while I had a few minutes-between laundry.

“Someone posed the question this week ‘why do you scrapbook?’ Well I thought for about 2 seconds and came up with a list-which I can add to at anytime, because there are many reasons and sometimes they change during the scrapbooking process ( and after all it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, as often as she wants)

Reason 1- I want to be creative. I think all women feel good when they create something, and when you finish a page or a project there is a satisfaction. Now sometimes I get that feeling when I’ve created supper, but after it’s gobbled up there isn’t anything tangible left except dirty dishes I don’t feel a real thrill like I do when I go back and look at pages I’ve created.

Reason 2-Because sometimes the picture isn’t enough. Recently I did a page called “the cost of keeping a promise”.  Now the pictures are of our family at Disneyland but the story is what is important. I wanted to jot down what it cost in time/energy and dollars to get to the “happiest place on earth” I wanted to tell how important it is to keep your word. So that is what that journalling says.
Reason 3-Because I am a nostalgic memory keeper in our family. I want to know when and where my grandfather was born. I want to know how my father spent christmas’ as a boy. I want to remember when we planted the trees and why my girl has a scar on her foot. As a family we often look at our books to get dates and places, and to relive life as it was at that particular time.
That’s enough reasons for today, but think about why you scrapbook. You may be surprized at how many reasons you come up with.
Till next time -Lee