Well - It's been a while. The last couple months of the year are always a busy time for us and more so this last year than ever before. I go back in my head to my New Year's resolution to do one tutorial blog every month in 2013. That SO did NOT happen. It was a great goal just not one that I was able to make happen. Too many other things were more important and hey - we all have to prioritize.
One of the things that I also let fall behind this year was my scrapbooking. I love to have a full 12 * 12 album with pictures of events and special occasions that have occurred through the year. I old fashion scrapbook with paper and adhesive and actual printed off pictures. Don't get me wrong. I have some digital albums and I think that they are wonderful but I like taking the time to embellish pages and tell stories from my pictures. I love sitting down with family and friends to look them over and see the laughs and smiles that they bring. But it too was something that I let fall to the side.
A couple of Saturdays ago I was unexpectedly NOT BUSY! Alone in the house, crappy weather outside, no where I had to be, nothing I had to get done so I glided down to the craft room for a little bit of scrapbooking. It was wonderful! I had to put away the sewing and fabric paint supplies to make room. I flipped on the TV, made a cup of hot cocoa and got started.
First I sorted....
Not only do I print pictures but I keep mementos from our trips. Ten years can pass and I will look back in a scrapbook and say oh remember that - but I might not necessarily have a picture of something but a memento that reminds us of a good time. I sorted all my pictures and mementos.
Then I prepped my work area...
I had to clear a space off my tables. My scrapbooks - top right- stay near my work area. I ran out of bookshelves for them in our living room plus they are great inspiration when I get stuck. If I don't clear everything out and have a good clean space to start in I get way off track. I hot cup of coca was also a yummy way to start off the morning. Got me energized and ready to go.
Then I worked. I stopped and changed out a few loads of laundry. Stood up for some stretches. Worked a bit longer. Ate some lunch. Came back and worked some more.
And the end result was - 25 pages done and a feeling of accomplishment.
I was able to get all my events done that I had the pictures printed for except our vacation to Las Vegas. That will be another cold wet Saturdays work.
Things really haven't slowed down but I also know that some days I need to take a little time for myself. This particular Saturday was one of those days. I ended the day with supper with the hubby and a chance to show off what work I had done. It was a day for Stacey...that I really needed.
Cheers to the new year friends!