This week I have focused on one of my older obsessions, scrapbooking. I used to be a scrapbook consultant for a number of years (in fact, I am convinced that experience led me to a teaching career), but I have been so busy with grading and lesson plans that I have allowed that hobby to lay dormant for quite a while. Well, my youngest daughter will graduate high school in May and seeing how I have made scrapbooks for the other two as their senior gift, I have promised to make her one as well.
|photo from cricut.com|
On Sunday I was browsing through the newspaper ads and noticed that Michaels had a great deal on the Cricut personal diecut machine. I have wanted one of these for three years at least (I even got up at 4:30AM on the Friday after Thanksgiving to stand in line for one, but missed the cut-off for available machines by two people!) I immediately began to salivate and started to count my pennies. I emailed my eldest to let her know of the sale, and casually mentioned this unbelievable bargain. She responded immediately and said that she would love to purchase it for me as an early birthday gift (my birthday is in December, mind you). Can I tell you how ecstatic I was?!
We planned to meet at the store when she got off from work at 5:00. The entire afternoon I kept thinking that they had probably sold out, so I should not get my hopes up. Well, I am here to tell you......it was meant to be. They had three in stock and we grabbed one the minute we walked in the door. I also spent quite a bit of time perusing all the cartridges (they have released several more since the last time I looked) and daydreaming of all the fun I would have creating scrapbooks for every member of the family.
Well, this feeling of euphoria carried over to the next day, when I was inspired to organize all my photos of Mandy for her senior book. I scoured Facebook for high school pictures to use, and I rummaged through boxes of personal photos to select the perfect ones for this special album. Now I have to scan these images so that I can have copies for me before I start the creative scrapbooking process.
Tomorrow I am having dinner with a friend - and the restaurant just happens to be a stone's throw from Archivers -- only the most amazing scrapbook store in town. I hope to have time today to think of possible page layouts and organize some of my paper and sticker supplies. This way I will go into the store ready to make wise purchase decisions that will enhance my daughter's album.
And.....this creative theme have even carried over into my reading. One of you terrific bloggers recommend Twyla Tharp's book, The Creative Habit, which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. I think the author and I have similar personalities, in that she is a creature of habit and believes that hard work is one of the greatest contributors to success in life. So far the chapter that has resonated with me the most is Your Creative DNA --- which essentially says that we are all unique: we are wired differently. We need to identify what OUR creativity should be and look like, rather than try to mimic someone else. I have always struggled with this as I have always thought myself "not good enough" Either I try to copy someone who I consider "good enough" - which always leads to frustration because I am not them --- or, as most often is the case, I just quit.
It seems to me that this summer I have been struggling with acceptance. I am beginning to hear the message that I need to take the time to enjoy the journey, and not worry so much about the completed goal. I hope to do that with this new scrapbooking adventure.