A lot happened that year.
First and foremost, the best thing that happened was Mary!
And because Mary was here we flew to California to show her off to the family in Sacramento.
While we were there, I was introduced to this.
This obviously, isn’t the exact issue. I looked online. Couldn’t find an old one. I’m sure I could scrounge up an older one off a shelf in the studio, take a picture and post it, but, well, you get the idea.
My sister sat down with Dayna, 10 years old at the time, with a punch and some paper and showed her how to make a little animal. It was a frog. And I probably still have it somewhere.
I pored over each and every page of this new, awesome magazine, listening to the brain cells popping in my head from all the creative ideas going off, one after another.
I’ve always loved pictures; taking them, looking at them, looking at other peoples pictures.
I’ve scrapped hundreds of pictures. Some are really bad, by the way. I’ve kept them. Sort of my badge of honor looking back at these pages and realizing how I’ve gotten better at it.
With the growth of scrapbooking and the availability of all the pretty accoutrements that every manufacturer made available, my
hoard of pretty things grew. And grew.
2014 still have a. lot. of stuff.
I’ve tried just about every technique that came through the scrapbooking pipeline. Loved some. Hated others. Never mastered quite a few.
See, I would get caught up in all those beautifully put together, professional looking pages that were published in all the magazines.
And mine didn’t look like those.
It took a long time to realize I was not one of those polished scrap-bookers.
I was my own. My way. My style. My memories. My creative interpretation.
My style tends to lean toward the more simple page. Sometimes I get the urge to ‘just put one more thing’ on the page. And I do. And maybe a little more. But most of the time, I leave it pretty simple. I always like the page when it’s simple and wonder sometimes why I had to keep putting things on after I already liked the page simple.
Pressure to be LIKE those artists in the magazines who naturally have the eye to make elaborate pages beautifully and not like someone had dropped a box of embellishments, glued them down and said, ‘Perfect!’
The first time I was introduced to Creative Memories, I was in that stage where I thought my pages had to be ‘spectacular’!!! I was still not ‘telling the story’ with my photos. I thought the photos needed help. (And sometimes they DO)
But I wasn’t really telling the story.
I didn’t really like Creative Memories then. Loved their albums! And some of their tools, but overall, I had missed the whole idea of scrapbooking.
Telling the story.
A lot of years went by. A lot of money passed through my hands to various scrapbook stores across the country. Whenever we traveled I would find out where the stores were and check them out. And write a big check.
Now, I really love simple.
I was introduced to Creative Memories again once we moved here to Georgia and I met a whole room full of awesome ladies who got together once a month to play with pictures. They had more than just albums and stickers now! The catalog was full of beautiful stuff!
I fell in love. Sign me up! They did.
Creative Memories had to restructure this last summer, and as a consultant, a fairly new one, I was devastated! I had a lot of trouble getting my head around the ‘new’ company, Ahni & Zoe. Their new product line is small. There are no tools, really. There are not many ‘pretty’ embellishments to glue.
It really is!
After I let go of the stubborn part of me who didn’t want to let go of what it used to be, I started seeing what it could be.
If you are a scrap-booker, you know the fun and even therapy that is derived from sitting down and creating a masterpiece for your albums, telling the story, making it beautiful.
But how many times have you wanted to get an album done for someone but didn’t have the time?
These albums give you time.
You can easily get a beautiful album done in hours instead of months.
You can tell the story. Make it beautiful. Add what you want to it or leave it ‘as is’. Simple.
Take a look.
You might like them!
Let your inner-scrap-booker feel the simplicity.
It really is about the story.