Sometimes a change in scenery is the best inspiration.
My friend Chantel and I spent nearly our entire Saturday scrapbooking at Archiver’s Scrap Mania this weekend. I brought a plastic storage bin, one paper container, and a box of photos that will someday complete the scrapbook I will be giving to my cousin who is graduating from high school this year.
Once I was settled into my workspace across from Chantel in the back of the store, I charged through approximately 10 pages. Considering it’s mid-March and the book should be finished by the beginning of June, I consider 10 pages to be a pretty solid start.
Scroll down to see some examples of the pages I’ve completed so far:
It’s a Boy; page one
Baby photo collage
I just barely put a dent in photos from Jason’s second year before I left Archiver’s late last night, so here’s to hoping I can complete the book in time!
However, I’m pleased with the amount of work I was able to finish while I was at Archiver’s, not to mention the fact Chantel and I tried some delicious food at Earth Fare, and of course, made a visit to Menchie’s for some tasty froyo during our last break of the night. Good day!
For such a relaxing weekend, I feel accomplished. The books are getting thicker.
I attended yet another Friday afternoon/evening crop at Archiver’s in Fairlawn with Chantel, where the two of us completed quite a few pages for our books. Since I’m determined to finish two impressive scrapbooks by the beginning of June, each detailing bits and pieces of the entirety of two 18-year-olds’ lives, I figured I have no time to waste now. Although I think the Chik-fil-A and Menchie’s breaks increased my productivity as the night wore on.
I was thankful to have a peaceful, quiet weekend at home as well. Accompanied by bags of unnecessary clothing I packed but never wore, as well as my computer and the school books I didn’t open, the necessary scrapping supplies traveled home with me. Everything I needed was there, so I set to work on a few extra pages when I could.
I completed several pages for a few family vacations we took years ago. These layouts, which often take more time to organize and reminisce, feature several photos on one page. I had trouble omitting some photos but then realized I could possibly use them when I (possibly) have the opportunity to finally scrapbook my own memories someday.
For now, I look forward to the moment of organizing all of my completed pages into two (very heavy) books. Although I expect to experience some extreme tension and anger when I attempt to shove every last page into the binding and tighten the screws (who knows what I’m talking about?), I anticipate yet another more meaningful feeling of accomplishment when I can finally flip through the pages, knowing they’re complete, and admire my own hard work.
And then I’ll give them away. (Again, who knows what I’m talking about?)
Which leads me to a question for you: Who has scanned scrapbook pages for personal records and/or printouts? Which services do you use and what is the average cost per book? I’m just curious in case I decide I can’t part with these layouts for good!
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.