We are wrapping up our fifth year of Library of Memories at Big Picture Scrapbooking and while I’m always happy for the extra time I’ll have in my day, I definitely feel a loss for several weeks. I so enjoy the process of watching new students come in, overwhelmed by their photos and frustrated by expectations and limitations that so easily creep into scrapbooking. While eager to learn and change, they tend to be unsure of all the tasks I give them to do. Over and over I say, “trust me” and then in a matter of weeks, these same students start to see the rewards of their efforts.
It really is such a privilege to teach LOM. Here are two especially happy emails I’ve received lately:
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your wonderful concept of LOM with us, and your patience as you dragged us (kicking and screaming sometimes) out of our stubborn habits of scrapbook “rules”.
I haven’t been able to share as much as some as my computer at home is being rebuilt-(since the beginning of April!) and haven’t had access to anything resembling photo software. Thank goodness for printed photos. We had need for some for a “star student” 3rd grader poster and for a grandparents day project. I knew right where to go for those! I’ve also been slowly keeping up with making title/category pages and preparing some of the other projects you’ve mentioned.
I’ve always been so envious of those scrapbook pages where the creator took photos from different times and told a fabulous story with them- now I can join them! I am ever grateful to your process and your genuine desire to help each of us in all our differences find our way through. For me, it was all BIG!
Thank you, thank you!
and this one …
LOM ROCKS! Thank You Stacy!! enough said right, but here’s my little story.
I am a 2009 alumni and loved the class last year. It was a lot of work for me, letting go of old habits and old self imposed “rules”, but I was able to get the foundation in place. Storage Binders, category drawers, and albums set up.
Fast forward to this year. SO grateful to be allowed to be in class again although I haven’t had the time to be so active as baby #7 was on her way. Well, She is now here. Got here exactly a week ago. So my time, energy and creativity are at a low while I focus on recovery and survival…but it also happens to be Mother’s day and my Dad’s 75th b.day next week. AND they will be here, at my house to help me with the baby. I want to have something to give them on these big days. Brainstorm. Two ideas come, but I need pictures. LOM ROCKS! 5 minutes in my category drawers and I have enough photos to make both gifts. PAS’s (photo album scrapbooks) ROCK! what a concept! my mom will love her brag book. My Dad will get a canvas with the number 75 made out of, YEP, square punch drawer pictures and pictures made into square punches! 5 minutes of searching! That is it! My older girls are on board to help put these gifts together while I feed baby. So excited to have had this all in place to let creativity strike when it can!! So excited to know where to go to find what I want!
Added bonus, while in the category drawers I come across baby pictures of 3 of my other girls…an instant more of searching and BAM I have 7 baby pictures lined up on my floor in birth order. I have paper out and some embellishments in mind…the actual page will have to wait for next nap time, but it is out on my table ready to be captured. THIS IS BIG! I am telling you, my baby is a week old and I will have page 1 done for her album!
THANK YOU STACY!!
I’m not perfect at it, but I love my LOM foundation and the freedom and access it gives me to my photos.
Lisa, mother of 7 from Heaven
FYI: I’ll be teaching Library of Memories in the summer of 2011 (one year from now!)
This new “LOM Com” will be a virtual gathering place of support and enthusiasm for scrapbookers who want to continue to adapt, customize and refine their LOM system, so they can sustain a liberating, inspiration-based approach to memory keeping. LEARN MORE here.
and finally, episode 20 of the Paperclipping Roundtable is ready to download. The topic is non-chronological scrapbooking and it’s actually titled, “This is Stacy,” because I am a dork and was bent on identifying myself every time I commented. I think it’s definitely a good listen–if nothing else, it is a lot of fun! Did you know you can subscribe in iTunes?
Have a happy Thursday — it’s my creative day and I’m ready!