I feel like someone hit the fast forward button on my life and the days are flying by — the blog thing clearly isn’t happening this week, so let’s do a quick round of photo highlights …
garden is in — Taft helped with both the veggie boxes on the side of our house (new this year!) and the flowers on the front porch. Not sure what I’d do without Taft.
this impromptu shoot was less productive. Addie with the dogwood tree — the plan is to do this annually, but we’ve not had 08 success yet (the late spring has meant delayed dogwood blooms too) I’ll try again this weekend. note to self: make sure the tree isn’t growing out of her head this year!
I also made some fun "eggstra" pages for Darci’s class, which is coming together so well. If you’re just not in the groove and want to jumpstart a little productivity — I think you’ll like the pace of this one. You’ll rev up your creativity and create 13 pages (a baker’s dozen) in a very clever way, during the month of June.
I do want to give a little shout out for Scrapbook Pictures (as in scrapbookpictures.com)
because I, like so many of you LOVE their service and the wonderful selection of square pics, cool sizes and awesome border options. I use Shutterfly to upload, print and store (online) all of the pictures from my seasonal highlight folders that go into my storage binders — but I often use Scrapbook Pictures for specific projects, like this one …
where I divided up the best pictures I took on our trip to New Zealand last fall, into the categories of Us, People, Places and Things and ordered them in the 3×3 size to display as a mini-library on a shelf in the memory room. Seriously cool way to document and display travel photos. I’ll still create an in depth layout or two, but this is the overview, made possible by the convenience of 3×3 prints from Scrapbook Pictures!
Speaking of categories and non-chronological projects, I’d like to address several Photo Freedom questions that I’ve received of late. If you too have general questions, comments — insights, confusion (whatever) around aspects of my system, leave them here and I’ll do my best to respond. Next week on the blog will be Photo Freedom Q&A, so fire away.
and my last thought … there was comment left the other day from Kris:
… also, not everyone is on the "scrap out of order" bandwagon. I don’t really understand why you push it so hard? life happens in chronological order, doesn’t it? some of us love to scrap it as it happens not just pick it up and scrap it. and guess what? there is nothing wrong with that and i am not limited at all by doing it MY way!
First of all, kudos to you Kris for having an opinion and being willing to post it. Secondly, I bet I do come across as a bit of zealot at times. I suppose I "push it so hard" b/c it’s been very freeing and rewarding for me personally. Getting to a guilt-free place where I can follow inspiration’s lead has literally sustained my enthusiasm and enabled me to tell the stories I most want to tell. THIS DOES NOT MEAN that "my way" is the only way, and I happily embrace any and all who scrapbook (period) However and whatever you do to capture and preserve life should be applauded. I have finally (after years and years) become 100% comfortable with my approach and am willing to put it "out there" via the Library of Memories class and Photo Freedom book simply b/c there hasn’t been a consistent and confident voice for breaking out of chronology, which is the major paradigm that leads many, many people to become frustrated and overwhelmed. We are all free to form and advocate for personal opinion and mine is that a singular chronological approach to scrapbooking is going to limit creativity and personal expression. But, having said that I believe just as strongly in an inclusive community that embraces anyone and everyone who loves celebrating life with pictures, color and words.
Do what makes you happy and what works for you, and have a happy Friday!