Happy mail is the kind of mail that is totally unexpected and comes with no real purpose except to bring a smile to your face. I love receiving happy mail, even better though is sending happy mail — packaging up a little surprise for somone just to give them a lift. If you signed up at bigpicture scrapbooking you’ll remember that I asked what your favorite candy bar is. This is because I’m going to use that information to create happy mail from time to time. Tomorrow, I’ll be sending candy bars to the 10th, 100th, 1000th and 2000th person on our list! I’ll also be sending out six more surprise candy bars — three to the most recent names — so, if you haven’t signed up yet ….
If you get this happy mail, I hope you’ll take a picture and e-mail it to me [firstname.lastname@example.org] — so I can post it here!
I’ve been talking to some of our bigpicture teachers about the goals for our classes and workshops. One of the themes in my book is the idea that scrapbooking is a lifestyle. To understand what I mean by this, do this little exercise. Write down three or four things you do on a regular basis that eventually become part of your scrapbooks — stuff like take pictures, save memorabilia, write down funny things loved ones say, celebrate milestones, savor simple moments, honor traditions, nurture relationships, record thoughts, feelings and family stories — all of these activities are an integral part of our lives, as scrapbookers. Scrapbooking is not just something we do – it is who we are and as soon as we realize this — like seriously chew on it, swallow it and let it energize us from the inside out — things change, most importantly, our own perspective. Scrapbooking is no longer a hobby you struggle to find time for, it’s no longer something you feel guilty about pursuing or have to justify on any level — it becomes something you need to do, because it is good for you — like eathing healthy or getting regular exercise. I’ve thought for a long time if we can use this website to promote the lifestyle of scrapbooking — not just the craft that people often equate it with — then we will really accomplish something.
I’m off to bed and these are my thoughts. Tell me what you think.
and … watch your mailbox!