so … great weekend, but before I share more details, I want to talk to scrapbookers for just a minute. Obviously, most of you who read this blog are scrapbookers, but I really want to grab your attention because what I'm going to say is especially important …
WHAT YOU DO MATTERS.
It really matters. I'm going to assume that you are like me and that you know that having a creative outlet is essential to self-care and helps you own an energetic and positive outlook on life. There are of course, many mediums that can provide a creative outlet — but, there are very few that connect people and families the way scrapbooking does. This truth was brought home for me this weekend in Missoula. Tracy Corneil was a happily married, vibrant, busy mother of two adorable boys and partner/owner of a great little scrapbook store. And then one day last April she did not wake up. We hear these kinds of stories. I have had hundreds of people share these kinds of stories with me, but when I looked at the scrapbook that Connor (Tracy's oldest) created for his mother, after her death, I was absolutely struck and had to engage every faculty to maintain composure.
This beautiful boy remembers the stories Tracy told him of her childhood — stories of the garden she flooded to make into an ice-rink in the winter; stories of penny candy and the mailbox in front of her house that was made of a big chain. He has scrapbooks that show him what was most important to his mom–physical evidence that HE was at the very top of the list. He included in his album heartfelt feelings for his mother and heart-wrenching lessons that he is learning through the grieving process. He included a small torn piece of a check with Tracy signature — anything that she created, signed, touched is now a treasure. Because Tracy scrapbooked, this family is not left without comfort in this horrible tragedy. Scrapbooks are healing these children and providing them with an outlet for their frustration and grief.
Because Tracy scrapbooked, her best friend and business partner was given a small 6×6 friendship album on her birthday in 2006. This is a priceless memoir for Gina and her daughter Tabatha and they forge on with their scrapbook store and business in Tracy's absense — and do you know what Gina loves most about this little treasure? Tracy's handwriting — she didn't worry about whether it was good enough or whether it made the album look less "professional" — she just wrote her feelings for Gina and members of their two families and took the time to express her love and gratitude for a true friend – priceless.
Let go. Stop making this so hard. Stop worrying about whether you are doing it right or whether you are good enough or whether you have the right stuff you need or whether you can keep up or whatEVER. If your pictures and stuff aren't organized, do something about it. Stop procrastinating and JUST START telling your stories. Long stories, short stories, stories from this past summer and stories from when you were little. Stop leaving blanks on your pages where you will go back and add journaling. STOP that right now. Start using your own imperfect handwriting and stop thinking it will ruin your page.
My goodness girls there is so much good that happens in and through this amazing hobby. Let's just decided to let go and let it happen.
Ok, getting down off my soapbox now.
Thank YOU to Gina and Tabatha and Jaime (not pictured) and Carrie (not pictured) for telling me where she bought her adorable black/white polka dot sweater — so I could go buy it. And thank YOU to ALL of the beautiful women who came from far and near to participate and show their love and support.
I have never had a good picture taken with Lisa B and so I really wanted to try … unfortunately, my camer was NOT on auto (this is a relatively new thing for me) so when I handed my camera over …
I got this, about 12 times.
So … if any of you cute ladies got a better shot of Lisa and me. Feel free to email me!
Lisa delivered a perfect lecture about using your camera to "go deep" and find and tell the stories that will matter to you. She also gave us all permission to embrace imperfect photos that are meaningful to us — photos that might not look great, but elicit an emotional response in us as the viewer. She shared this fabulous Kit that features four canvases to display individual events or a whole year's summary. It is SO COOL. She also brought everyone one of my A Penny for Your Thoughts Kit too. Since my kit is a bit hard to do without a fair amount of preparation, we all made this layout …
If you have the penny kit, do this for me …
1. collect six pictures from 2008 that represent the growth and change in your family and life
2. trim them to 3 1/2 " tall by 4" wide and use them to fill the bottom portion of a 12×12 layout.
3. create a shallow pocket to hold four fact cards and a penny slip for right NOW, today.
4. Add a few pocket change and word strip stickers …
and put the completed layout in your Things We Do or annual album with a note that ten additional years are documented in a really cool penny tin that is displayed ______________ (fill in the blank)
Ok, got it?
Think about all this and decide what you need to do to more fully embrace your craft and let go of all the crazy things that are holding you back!