I used to love to scrapbook. I had bunches of supplies, subscribed to a scrapbooking magazine, and planned girls nights with friends of mine at a local scrapbooking store. Then I herniated a disc in my neck. I remember sitting in the neurosurgeon’s office after hours on a Friday, stunned to hear that this wasn’t a “you slept on it wrong, take some muscle relaxers” sort of neck pain, but a “you’re having surgery Monday morning, earlier if you so much as sneeze funny” sort of neck pain. I had all my scrapbooking stuff in the car, and my friend Laurie had already called twice, wondering why I wasn’t at our scheduled Scrap-Fest.
Other than to make very simple invitations for a shower and a graduation I haven’t done any scrapbooking since then, and that was about two and a half years ago. Then I read this post by Melissa at Adventuroo. She has this wonderful meme every Thursday called Capture the Everyday, which is all about photographing and recording the little things in our lives. The theme this particular week was “something you’re good at”, and when I read her post I absolutely ached to start scrapbooking again – because it is something I’m good at, and it’s something I enjoy. So the other day I ducked into Archiver’s, my favorite scrapbooking store, and bought a few little things. Just some paper and a bit of adhesive, nothing outrageous. And I came home and did this:
In the process, I discovered a few wonderful things.
1.) The blog I started after my second neurosurgery has made it easy to catch up on scrapbooking. I don’t have to wrack my brain to remember when something happened or the details of a story. I just look it up on my blog. For these pages I simply copied and pasted the text from a post about John being fascinated with a typewriter he’d found in the attic and added it to the pictures I already had (since I order pictures every time Shutterfly has a sale).
2.) John’s got an eye for design, and I should ask his opinion more often. I selected the clockwork/steampunk patterned paper because that’s something John’s very into right now, and when I asked his opinion on embellishments he dove right in. The next thing I knew he was digging out chipboard I’d forgotten I had and painting and distressing it in the backyard. I have to say it turned out much cooler than anything I would have come up with on my own!
3.) If I set limits, I can do this. I did the two-page layout about John and the typewriter, and then another two-page layout about moving Aaron into the Freshman dorm last Fall, and then I stopped. And I think my neck is OK. No, I can’t do an all-day scrap-a-thon, but that’s alright.
Is there something you love to do that you’ve fallen away from for some reason? Don’t deprive yourself any longer! There’s never enough time, or enough money, or enough energy – don’t let that be an excuse. Get started back in a small way – you may be surprised at how rewarding it is.