BYOC – I had no idea what that meant when I first visited the Lilypad. It sounded like a rock group or something. I have since learned BYOC – Build Your Own Collaboration. And I have fallen in love with the idea! I love picking up a bunch of stuff during BYOC weekend because I know it will match. I can get an alpha here, elements there, and papers everywhere! They will all match together and create a ginormous kit! I like being able to pick up different pieces and mix and match.
Here’s the pages I created with this April’s BYOC:
I love that I was able to scrap a road trip, some baby photos, and a girls trip to New York, all with the same color scheme. What do you think of collaborations?
Sometimes a single photo brings to mind both a childhood memory for me, and a story for Matthew. While I don’t always want to make two pages, I usually do. This time, I didn’t. This time, I put the moment for him on the top, and my little moment on the bottom. I knew my moment, squishing the dandelions on my cheeks, wasn’t enough for a full-page, especially since I don’t have a photo.
I like having both moments on one page. I hope when looking at it later Matthew will enjoy seeing something about me too.
As the year comes to a close, my thoughts naturally turn towards plans for next year. There are always so many projects available how to choose what I want to do?
That comes back to my “Why”. When I was in the corporate environment, we always talked about getting a buy in from our team members. If they didn’t buy in to what we were doing, they wouldn’t be on board. If they weren’t on board, it would be hard to create good habits, or get good quality. If there was no buy in, there was no reason to meet the metrics requires. How to get buy in? Find the why that resonates with them.
I find that scrapbooking is the same. The why dictates the style, the projects, the desire to spend time on my hobby. My why is To preserve our Family History through words and photos. My why is the reason I add journaling to my pages. My why makes it easy to do so.
Whys can be anything. Maybe it’s to be able to easily admire your photos in a book. Maybe it’s to share the photos with other people. Maybe it’s the art process that brings you joy. I’ve found once you have the “Why” the rest follows more easily. And if you don’t have a why for scrapbooking? Then maybe it’s time to take a break.
Some days, Matthew says the darnedest things. After church, we were making lunch. It was a whatever you find, you can eat type lunch. Matthew asked for banana bread. So, I got him two slices, and buttered it. Handed it to him, and he went to the table, ate and ran upstairs to play. I finished getting the bread for dinner ready to rise. I heated up some au gratin potatoes left over from dinner the previous night for myself. I finished getting the bread rising, and sat at the table. Nick made himself Ramen for lunch, and added Sriracha. I went to sit on the couch and chill. Matthew came back down, walked over to the table and checked out Nick’s Ramen. Then he came over to me.
Matthew: Mom, will you make me some pasta for lunch?
Me: Why didn’t you ask your dad? He’s in the kitchen.
Matthew: I didn’t want to bother him. I’d rather bother you!
Somedays, being the default parent is annoying! I did not make him pasta. I did get him apples, pretzels and cheese instead. One of his favorite lunches.
I did a December Daily one year, and it was stressful for me. SO this year, I’m just appreciating the moments as they happen, and documenting them as I’m inspired.
Today, we are watching Christmas movies. Well, Nick is assisting a move, and Matthew and I are watching Christmas movies. We started with Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas. Then moved onto Twice Upon a Christmas. It’s fun to see how the animation has changed between the two. And how the stories in the first are about love for your fellow man, and seeking other’s happiness. The second the messages aren’t as clear. I wanted to capture the moment, and as my camera is downstairs, I used my phone.
I love the lighting on the tree, and Matthew’s silly Santa hat. But the tv is overblown. Ugh.
I can’t wait for Nick to be off nights. It’s happening. It’s close – January. I know I’ll miss the quiet nights when I scrap after the boy goes to bed. But how much nicer to not lose so much time to sleep during the day for him! How much nicer to be on a more normal schedule! How wonderful to not have to wait until he has spent half his day off sleeping to recover.
Until then, I’ll treasure the quiet nights when Matthew goes to bed early, and it’s just me and the dog.
Oh December. I have a love hate relationship with you. I love the enjoyment of family. The unique experiences that are available. The focus on time together. But I hate the running running running. And while I love the Christmas decorations and music, come January 1 I am done with it all.
This plays into my documenting of the holidays. Often, I don’t get December scrapped during December, so it ends up waiting until sometime after Halloween when I feel in the Christmas-y mood again. This week The Lilypad is releasing their Document Your December series. Similar to BYOC, it’s a beautiful hodge podge of papers, elements and other pieces to create a cohesive December album. I scrapped a bunch while it. I love the teal and pink and red combo! Classic Christmas, but it also feels new! Here’s my pages:
I especially enjoyed making the advent event calendar! I’m printing it off, and posting it up with a black sharpie. That way we can mark off the things as we enjoy them.
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