Monthly Archives: January 2012

“Sounds like a farming thing.”

That’s what my grandma said when I explained to her I was going to a crop on Friday night.

Maybe I should have stuck with Scrap Mania, which is Archiver’s new name for Friday and Saturday night crops this year. Sounds a lot more exciting, right?

And it turned out to be a fun time. As much as I might age myself going to a scrapbooking event for many hours into a late Friday night, these events do help me get some things done and motivate me to do more on my own while I’m home. Plus, it’s fun spending time with my friends, bouncing ideas off each other and of course, taking a break to walk down to Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt shop a few stores down. (The bitter winter weather doesn’t matter since you can bring food to Scrap Mania as well!)

I’m excited I bought two scrapbooks to keep my pages safe until I determine which order they’ll appear in the book. Something about flipping through the pages to see what I’ve accomplished so far motivates me to do more as well.

My motivation has kicked in already, for it’s not even 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday and I’m about to do some cropping – no soil, seeds or sowing involved.

Happy scrapping!

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Laughter: It’s the best medicine.

For those who know me, I laugh at most things. Most things that are even remotely funny (go to 2:31 of the video to see an example of something I would do in a serious, a.k.a. not funny, situation). For this reason, I generally get along with most people (especially those up-and-coming comedians needing a simple ego boost), and I’m usually in a good mood.

But when I need a pick-me-up, I turn to America’s Funniest Home Videos because it turns out, watching people wipe out and cats who leap off furniture straight into a wall is actually really funny. I also rely on my roommate to tell me some ridiculous story about how the strong winds blew her straight into some macho guy on campus that afternoon, or something of the like.

However, when it’s not convenient to use the remedies above, I know I can count on some of my photos for a good laugh.

I’m headed to my second Archiver’s crop (Scrap Mania) on Friday, so this week I’ll begin the process of collecting photos, memorabilia, supplies and more to complete a few pages for two graduation gifts I’ll be working on in the coming months. I delved into my external hard drive the other day to find some oldies (but goodies) to print for my pages, and below are a few that crack me up every time.

What kinds of photos do you enjoy scrapbooking the most? Funny? Sentimental? Family portraits? Random, everyday routines? Share your favorite ideas for pages!

Dad putting on his life jacket

Believe it or not, my dad is trying to put on his life jacket before our canoeing trip on the Delaware River. He sucked it in and was successful.

Jersey Shore

Fast forward to our lunch break: Here's my dad, brother Matt and cousin Jason pretending to be "Jersey Shore"'s guidos, on the Jersey shore.

Stones, cat in water bottle packaging

Stones, one of the most recent additions to my immediate family, when he decided to cram himself into a plastic bag full of water bottles.

Matt sleeping

Caught him.

Matt and I pretending to be jungle explorers

Before my step-brother's wedding at the Hideaway Inn, Matt and I had a great time exploring our family's room/suite, which happened to have a safari theme.

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What’s your Pinterest?

Have your friends “pinned you” into joining Pinterest yet?

Facebook’s recent timeline addition shares online memories and events in an organized manner, similar to the traditional hobby or scrapbooking. However, I’ve realized that Pinterest, the latest virtual pinboard to attract numerous social media users in recent months, could be more of an inspiration to scrapbookers and designers who need ideas for layouts, color combinations, quotes and more.

My friend Ashley, a visual communication student, says she uses the site to find unique ideas for her projects.

And now that I’ve scrolled through my Pinterest page a few times, I’ve not only realized that the site is a major time suck (something I’ve conveniently discovered one week into my last semester of college), but also that Pinterest can assist us in a variety of tasks. The Pinterest team provides some examples on the about page of the site:

Pinterest about page

It’s easy to share links on Facebook and Twitter, but if you want to find several unique links, ideas and inspiration all in one place, Pinterest is the place to be.

The amount of content is overwhelming, and like I’ve said, I could spend quite a lot of time scrolling through my page and my friends’ pins, “researching” new recipes I might try, chic outfits I can’t afford and beautiful apartment furnishings and decorations I can only dream of acquiring, for now.

And what’s not to like about the adorable puppy and kitten photos and clever quotes that often appear on pins and repins?

I have yet to fully embrace Pinterest and the site’s capabilities in terms of sharing useful, yet interesting, content, but the concept has made me realize how easy it is to find inspiration for just about anything. Scrapbooking is not an exception.

Pinterest makes sharing easy–and more fun–because your friends can help you out. They might encounter a vibrant photo of a quirky wall decoration that might inspire you to find something similar for your remodeled living room. (But you’ll be sure to first repin the link, of course.) Friends tend to have similar interests, so be sure to follow their pinboards to find inspirational images you might be able to use yourself.

Happy pinning!

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