Monthly Archives: June 2011

Something to laugh about

Grandma and Grandpa, June 2011

Grandma "yelling" at Grandpa, trying to convince him to smile for the photo. He wasn't buying it.

Scrapbooking aside, it’s been entertaining to collect and sift through letters, photos and more for my grandparents’ scrapbook.

Sometimes I forget what I should be doing as I sit and look through several envelopes of photos from my relatives. Scrapbooking often becomes second priority as I reminisce about memories with my family. And I’m usually laughing as I take a trip down memory lane.

Whether it’s the outfits, the haircuts or the facial expressions (specifically my grandpa’s: see photo), I get distracted by the hilarity of the photos. I can’t help but laugh and take yet even more time to decide which photos to use.

The extra time is worth it, though, and the humor often motivates me to scrapbook more pages at once.

What are your favorite photos to look through as you scrapbook? Family? Friends? Holidays? Random photos? If you have an example of a funny photo of a family member, please share!

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What is love?

Listen to this 1993 throwback dance tune and tell me you don’t start bobbing your head back and forth.

But really, what is love? Last Thursday, my grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a milestone I’d like to reach at some point in my life. Among several divorced relatives, parents, friends’ parents and so on, it’s comforting to know some marriages are meant to last. So what does it mean to be in love? How do you show your love to someone for 60 straight years?

Grandma and Grandpa, Christmas 2010

Jug and Miriam, Christmas 2010

During my lifetime, I’ve visited my grandparents often enough to witness an honest, genuine sort of love. I always enjoy hearing Grandma and Grandpa talk about their time together–college experiences, the first time they met, their children, their travels and more. It’s entertaining to hear them interact with each other, after living together for so many years. And it’s nice to know I can drive or walk just a few minutes down the road on almost any evening and they’ll be sitting in the same two chairs opposite each other, watching Wheel of Fortune at 7 p.m. and Jeopardy at 7:30.

As my cousin Katie says, “They are the most consistent people I know.”

I figure there’s no better way to document my grandparents’ anniversary than in a scrapbook. And I’m getting some assistance from the words of my relatives.

This summer, I’m collecting letters from family members, documenting favorite memories and experiences they’ve shared with my grandparents. (Thanks to my Aunt Lynn for sharing this gift idea.) I’ll mount the letters in a scrapbook, among photos and memorabilia, and we’ll present the gift during our family vacation at the end of July, a tradition Grandma and Grandpa began many years ago and have continued every five years.

Wedding anniversary scrapbooks seem fairly straight forward, but I’m trying to think outside the box in terms of other items to include. I’ll attempt to find embellishments to incorporate the diamond anniversary theme, and I’m sure I have some decorative paper to use, but I’m wondering how I could be more creative with this. Let’s face it–you only experience a 60th wedding anniversary once in your life, if at all.

My relatives can help me document Grandma and Grandpa’s marriage, but I’d love my readers to share some inspiration and feedback as well. What would you like to see in your wedding anniversary scrapbook? What are some experiences, holidays, travels, etc. you’ve shared with your significant other that’d you’d like to remember forever?

What does love mean to you?

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PReparations

View from a lounge chair at the pool, Chaparral Suites, Scottsdale, Ariz.Two of my favorite activities took place at the Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale, Ariz., last weekend: scrapbooking and PRSSA.

Although it was tempting to sneak into the Creative Memories scrapbooking retreat and scrap the weekend away, I did have a great time at the PRSSA Leadership Rally, the reason behind my weekend-long travels out West.

I had never traveled west of Chicago before, let alone traveled by myself, so the experience was new to me in many ways. It was refreshing to communicate with new faces from all over the country. I met some great people who not only have a passion for public relations but also for effective leadership.

As scrapbookers occasionally need to collaborate to share ideas and layouts, leaders need to discuss their concerns, as well as brainstorm effective tactics to communicate. Sharing ideas and PRSSA experiences was one of the most beneficial aspects of the PRSSA Leadership Rally. Hopefully these ideas help to influence an organized plan or “layout” for PRSSA Kent‘s 2011-2012 academic year. With some new friends I met at the PRSSA Leadership Rally, June 10 - 12

Some highlights I found interesting and/or useful include:

  • Sometimes it’s important to courageously follow others to show your peers how to follow.
  • You must have a hunger to succeed in public relations. Out of this year’s two million college graduates, 85 percent will return home.
  • “Always remember your audience. Everything else changes on a daily basis.” Kristen Jarnagin
  • “Everything you do communicates.” Kristen Jarnagin
  • If you are denied a job position, respond anyway. You might get feedback from the employer, you may not.
  • Other PRSSA members, such as two of my suite mates, like to scrapbook, too!
  • The 2011 PRSSA National Conference registration deadline is Sept. 12. Who is excited for Orlando?!

View from the balcony outside our suite.I look forward to working with other PRSSA Kent executive board members this year to continue improving our chapter and its initiatives. The people I met last weekend gave me relevant advice and ideas, as well as some familiar faces to look forward to at PRSSA National Conference in October.

Meanwhile, I might be researching future scrapbooking retreats and planning another trip out West. The weather was gorgeous!

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Friday night crop

I came home from my first Friday night crop at Archiver’s the other day and the first thing my brother says to me was, “Lindsay, how can you be at a scrapbooking thing for four hours? How BORING.”

Obviously he just doesn’t understand.

Not only had I never been to Archiver’s before, but it’s also been a while since I’ve attended a group scrapping event. (R.I.P. Crop-Paper-Scissors Inc., Medina, Ohio.) Needless to say, the experience was refreshing and fun, whether my brother believes it or not.

Both Allison and I got a lot of work done. I scrapped my spring break trip to New York City and the Lady Gaga concert I attended in February. I loved the atmosphere in the store–it motivated me to complete more scrapbooking projects this summer. And being surrounded by thousands of cute scrapbooking supplies, stickers, cardstock and more cropped up my creativity, of course!

Here’s my checklist for the perfect group crop session:

  • Page packets–Gather supplies you’ll need for each layout before you leave the house. Since I have yet to invest in proper containers to store my supplies, it’s easier for me to pack light. I can always purchase extra supplies at the store, which leads me to…
  • Extra dough–Regardless of the $5 voucher you may receive for reserving a seat at a crop such as this Archiver’s event, you will end up spending more on scrapbooking supplies. Again, the vast amount of supplies may spark some creativity but also trigger some spending as well.
  • Food–What’s a night of scrapbooking without some tasty snacks? For the record, hummus and crackers are great choices. (Thanks, Allison!)

Although I had a great time scrapbooking on Friday night, it was strange scrapbooking photos after making so many cards recently. Does anyone else ever feel the same way? If you enjoy both hobbies, how do you balance your time between the two?

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