Monday, December 3, 2007

My Therapy

I love my life so I really have no need for therapy. Well that probably depends on who you ask! Ok, so I may be a bit odd, but hey, I'm an original! So anyway, I was feeling bloggers guilt (a friend clued me in on the fact that there is such a thing ~ who knew? Apparently it is contagious and I am inflicted.)about neglecting my blog and thought I should let y'all know where I've been. Besides the 4-H Banquet:

New Officers:

Part of the shooting sports team and the coaches:

I've been on a scrapping roll. I LOVE scrapbooking and yes, I am addicted. It is a sickness. I have always been drawn to photography so scrapbooking just seemed like a natural extension of that. And it truly is an addiction. I don't have a lot of time to devote to it, but this weekend I indulged myself. The boys went pheasant hunting and I played with paper ~ lots of paper. We won't go into how much.

I don't have a dedicated space although I do have a closet to stash my supplies. Funny thing though ~ scrapbooking supplies have a tendancy to multiply and they have a mind of their own. My addiction has outgrown the closet and tape runner and embellishments have run amuck. I like to scrap in the living room in the evening and although I watch very little television, I enjoy watching a good movie with my family when I am scrapping. Alas, this makes for a messy living room. Scrapping is not for the immaculate-minded soul. However, it is good for my soul.

I love recording our daily lives. I don't know whether anyone else will ever be interested in it, but I do know that I would give anything to have scrapbooks from my grandparents and parents. Scrapbooks that give me an insight into their souls and help me to understand who they were and are. I think people's lives are fascinating and everyone has a story to tell. I am presently working on DD's 10 year album (yes, she is 14). I get such a sense of accomplishment when I slip the page protector onto a completed page! My pages are not very artistic. I tend to keep them simple. For me, that keeps the focus on the pictures and story. I love patterned paper, but struggle with actually incorporating it on my pages. Here are a few recent pages:

And in answer to the obvious scrappers question: No, I am not caught up, but my joy lies in the creating and the journey. It simply makes me happy and it's what I do for me. Maybe I never grew up and subconsciously I am still a kindergartener at heart. There is something very comforting about playing with paper and adhesive and pictures and recording our stories. It is my therapy.


Sara said...

I've always wanted to get into scrapbooking. I've done a little bit. I wasn't very good at it though, haha. But it was fun!

Karin said...

There is no wrong way to scrapbook! You are an awesome photographer ~ you should atleast get some of those cool pictures into an album. Gather up your stuff and head this way ~ I've got lots of supplies. Caitlin likes to dabble in it too.

Jennifer's Ramblings said...

I loved your scrapbooking pages! I need to start myself.

agent713 said...

Yeah! I love your pages :) The photography is amazing and your journalling is always so heartfelt. TFS!
PS I feel blogger guilt too. It's what keeps us going LOL

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