It’s here! The day when so many scrapbook sites have sales, games and other fun events!I personally will be at the Watch Cheryl Scrap events. And hosting the Jumble. And shopping and scrapping! Because, sales mean you shop right? The Lilypad has a really cute Free with Purchase kit, 2 actually, and combined with BYOC there’s a great deal to be had! Here are a few of my BYOC pages:
And one with the Free with purchase Collab – All the Feels:
How are you celebrating this weekend?
I didn’t expect to love our loft. I thought it looked like a nice spot to hang out as a family. But it has become our family room. It has become Matthew’s favorite place to spread out toys. The place we watch tv together, the place we nap, or hang out when sick. During Week in the Life, I captured a few different photos that to me need to stand alone. This is one of them. I kept thinking “What do I see?” when I was looking at the photo. It was a great way to add more journaling about the photo.
I used this to complete the May Scraplift Challenge at The Lilypad.
I love a lot about Ali Edwards. She has a great way with words. She also has some cool projects. One of them is “Week in the Life”. The idea is to capture in depth a week of your life. I joined in this year, and took all the photos last week. Recorded words last week. And slowly this week I’ve been working on putting it all together. So far, Monday is done, Tuesday and Wednesday are started. I know I’ll love the project when it’s done, so I just keep pushing!
Are you doing Week in the Life? What’s the hardest part for you?
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.