I don’t normally scrap with a theme or plan out an entire album. Usually I just scrap as I go and stick them in an album. Heck I can’t even commit to a size depending on what I’m working on.
So I found myself organizing old photos and bits of memories of when I was a science teacher and decided to make a little album. As I planned which paper I would use, metal or flowers, stickers or stamps, I eventually got to the tough part: the journaling. I had a great plan, I had a square Sarabinder with dividers that I could alter and stamp, I bought these cool, fun papers from American Crafts (& matching buttons), came up with a basic plan for the album, divided it into 3 sections and went from there. This was going to be great, I was so excited to have an album with a theme, start to finish, coordinated colors and embellishments, and a plan.
Then I went through everything and divided it into 3 piles to go with my 3 sections, selected things to scan and reduce in size, this was going to be great. And then it happened I started to read some of this stuff and remembering. And quite honestly there were points in my six year teaching career that just plain sucked. This process stirred things up in my mind and really made me stop and think about whether I wanted to continue with the album as planned, or just do a “soft” deal where I could keep it light and easy. Who was this album for? Who would care enough to read it? My husband, my kids? Or was this just for me.
About me: I am a head on kind of person. I face things head on (mostly), I come to your head on, and I can’t be anything other than I am. I’m the person who if you say “give me your honest opinion” I will give it to you. (Actually I would give it to you anyway.) I can be blunt and those who know me know that if they don’t want a real and direct answer they don’t ask me. I can’t apologize for this, it’s just the way I am, although I do try on occasion to avoid hurting people’s feelings.
That being said, I knew if I was going to do this album, I would do it all and deal with the feelings it stirred up as they came.
So I’ve started the album and it will be an ongoing thing as I find more stuff. And I’ll deal with the feelings as they come to me, good and bad. And yeah, I’ll be naming names and being honest because this is for me.
Here it is so far.