Because sending guacamole and tacos in the mail is messy.
Because one can never have enough paper.
Because my scraproom overflowth.
Because I want to thank you. Each of you, all of you. I want to give back to the online scrapbooking community that has given me so much.
Because I know, I read the message boards. People are cutting back, the economy sucks, people are scared. I want to help, even if it is just one person.
This time last year, I remarked to my dh that I really wanted to start scraping again. But I didn't have time what with a new baby, cooking, laundry, house to clean, etc. And he said to me, so wisely, "If you want to do it, just do it." So I went to peas and posted a message on the board there, asking how all you other women did it since you have at least as much to do as I do. And someone posted "You aren't a runner if you don't run, and you can't be a scrapbooker if you don't scrapbook." This touched a nerve because at my core, I feel I have always been "a scrapbooker", a keeper of memories and memorabilia.
Those two things collided and I realized that scrapbooking is a choice. I was choosing to do other things instead of scrap, I was choosing. Me. And I decided to walk the walk, and actually do it. And I met other scrappers, online and in person. I started a blog, and was encouraged by the people who came to it. I shared my work with others, who encouraged me to take the steps that have lead me to where I am today.
So thank you.
Thank you dh for always being right. J for always being photogenic.
Thank you to the poster at peas who pulled no punches and gave it to me straight.
Thank you to Stephanie Howell for telling me that my work did not belong in a private gallery on 2peas where no one, (including me) could enjoy it.
Thank you sunny-j and Ali Mclaughlin for encouraging me to start a blog. It's motivated me to do so much more than I otherwise would have. And thank you for your friendship.
Thank you to all the scrappers in the morning gallery at 2 peas, I enjoy you. To all the scrappers at Studio Calico, you entertain me. To all the scrappers at Memorable Seasons, you encourage me.
Thank you to all the people on the side bar, you inspire me.
Thank you to Scribble Scrabble and Cosmo Cricket, for believing in me.
Thank you to you, right now, for reading this blog, in the past, today, and I hope in the future.
And what for me now?
I'm going to make some mini albums (said in my best I'm going to Disneyland voice.) That's my new goal.
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Here is my 100th layout, a mixture of Studio Calico Vintage paper and accents with Scribble Scrabble's Indigo line:
Note: image of RAK used with permission from Studio Calico.com