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Looking back through old posts I found this one from May 2007. It’s hard to remember where I was at in my crafty journey but I think this was an attempt at writing my own creative creed. And even though I’ve dabbled in various styles the basic heart of why I scrapbook still stands. I’ve read Stacy Julian’s Photo Freedom,and incorporated a lot of the ideas into how I keep things together. But in the end, I still do it for the same reasons, to tell my story, my family’s story as a group and as individuals, document our daily life, and persevere old stories.

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I know that to most people the idea of scrapbooking is that it is a silly hobby for housewifes or “crafty types” to get into. The idea that it’s just cutesy papers and stickers on a page with photos of jr’s 1st birthday. Or collecting all of your vacation pictures and writing silly commentaries about your trip. I think scrapbooking is just like this and it’s more. It’s a hobby where you can make your projects, cards, or scrap books. It can be sweet and lovely, or it can be edgey and artsy. It’s however you want to express yourself.
That being said, why should you scrapbook?
1) to record the stories you want to remember or that you want to pass down
2) document your daily life, the average day in your life
3) document special occasions, life changing moments
4) gather and collect old stories and photos and bring them together to tell a personal history
5) deal with the ups and downs of daily life

Why do you scrapbook?

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Our little people, aka the LP’s turned 3 in March. After a long road of trying to get pregnant and going through all sorts of medical help we are here: With two very healthy and very active three year olds. I haven’t written on this blog about this story since I try to keep this just silly and crafty. Today I’m not going to go into all except to say that after 10 years of trying and being heart broken that we couldn’t have children, we went the IVF route and got Jack and Clara. And here they are now.

Pretty amazing that a few years ago they were just the barest whisper of a wish, a little bit of hope, and lots of prayers. I am incredibly blessed even if I don’t act like it all the time, or I don’t appreciate them like I should.

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I’ve been working a lot, trying to get my yard cleaned up, painting, chasing kids, cleaning out kid clothes and toys, and just trying to keep up with the daily chaos of my house. It’s been a long time since I’ve scrapped in fact I can’t remember when I last scrapped. Maybe last fall? Anyway, since I have quite a bit of SU designer series paper packs I decided to start scrapping. Mostly these are simple pages, some are great, and some not so great in the design department. If I had to define my style I’d say it’s clean and simple with some funkiness thrown in for fun! I like to use my pages as a large scale journal of sorts, so most of my pages have a lot of journaling right on the LO in pen. I don’t draw lines or pencil in my journaling, I just use a black acid free pen and scratch out my mistakes. Might not work for most, but it works for me. I also mix page sizes right in my 3 ring 12×12 albums, something I started doing a couple of years ago before it became cool.
And now, here are the LO’s I’ve made in the last 2 weeks. All supplies are Stampin Up! unless otherwise noted.

Prince Charming

Specs:
Delicate Dots DSP, card stock (So Saffron, Kraft, Bashful Blue)
Bigshot Billboard alpha die

Cheap Labor

Specs:
Good Morning Sunshine DSP, card stock (chocolate chip, summer sun, kiwi kiss, whisper white)
Big shot large scallop circle, spiral punch

My Guys

Specs:
Manchester DSP, card stock (kraft, baja breeze)

Mr & Mrs

Specs:
Walk in the Park DSP, card stock (baja breeze, whisper white)
baja breeze corduroy button, Big shot (matchbox die, flower layers 3), eyelet border punch

Farm Kids

Specs:
DSP from last catalog, card stock (kraft) Pacific Point ribbon and ink

Walk, Run

Specs:
Manchester DSP, card stock (kraft, baja breeze), ink (versamark, chocolate chip)
tab punch, Upsy Daisy stamp set, Latte buttons

That’s all for now, thanks for looking!

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