You may or may not know that I just finished teaching my Library of Memories course that started way back in January. I had a marvelous group of scrapbookers in this 2007 session and we were joined by many of my "graduates" from last year too. One of the reasons I love teaching this class is because it always teaches me so much about women and what we need … not too long ago, I received an email from Rebecca, and am sharing a portion of it with her permission:
… this past six months or so, I haven’t scrapbooked at all. Why? I had plenty of page ideas, but…my photo organization was hindering me. WHERE did I put those photos? DID I print them off? ARE they still in the envelope somewhere? ARE they still on the computer? DID I burn them to a disk? WHERE are those picture disks, anyway?
I’d heard of your photo organization system before through SS magazine and DVD’s, but the task seemed just too overwhelming.
The LOM class has given me an extensive overview of the system, and finally allowed me to get started organizing, but this class has done something even more.
I recently had a weekend to myself at home, no husband or kids (yes, it was WEIRD!), and spent a lot of time with the television OFF, praying and reflecting on life. I realized how often lately I have put myself last. Not enough sleep. Not enough exercise. Eating on the fly. Roots in my hair that are so long, they are more appropriately referred to as "prehistoric ancestors".
There’s a baker’s rack in my kitchen, with various little pretty stuff housed there. I cleared it all off and put my storage albums on there…beautiful blue and spring green albums, labled with round metal-rimmed tags and tied with colorful ribbon. Now, lest you think the kitchen is a strange place to store my albums (my husband did!), I need to tell you what these albums, and your class, mean to me. Every time I see them (every DAY…it’s a KITCHEN after all), I’m reminded to make time for myself and my hobby. I’m reminded to create beauty, design my life, and enjoy myself. I’m reminded of the passage of time, and how important it is to use little moments to make more time for the things I love.
Thanks, Stacy. You’ve changed my thinking about more than just photos. I’m grateful to you and all you do to not only help people scrapbook more with less guilt, but also to allow them to SEE life differently. Every time I open my eyes a little further, life becomes just a little more precious.
This might seem like a shameless promotion, but really it’s not. I don’t share this for any reason, except that I LOVE what Rebecca shares about truly valueing and integrating scrapbooking into our daily lives. I can’t change the way anyone thinks really — but I love that I get to point out new directions and encourage the exploration of new perspectives. My class (or any at BPS for that matter) is really what each student makes of it and I LOVE what Rebecca has brought to this process. In spite of the fact that she has wanted to embrace a new approach for a long time, she still felt overwhelmed (we all do) but she persisted and she realized that magical things happen when we take care of ourselves and surround ourselves with reminders of what matters. Scrapbooking is so much more than a hobby — it is the insight and energy we crave. We simply need to let go of the pressure and the expectation. When we do, we experience exactly what Rebecca shares "… every time I open my eyes a little further, life becomes a just a little more precious."
thank YOU Rebecca!