Friday, July 25, 2008

Having More Fun

I'm taking the Have More Fun class from Stacy Julian on Big Picture Scrapbooking. Including the Library of Memories class that I audited this year (I took it last year so got to take it again free this year), this is my 3rd back to back Big Picture class. (I took The Baker's Dozen in June.) Since I took Library of Memories last year, my philosophy of scrapbooking had changed quite a bit. I'd gotten away from doing so much artsy-type scrapbooking. I'd become more concerned with getting pages done and getting my stories and photos on the page. I did pages (and completed journaling) on topics I'd wanted to cover in my scrapbooks before but had never gotten around to doing. After this year's class, that happened more and more. With Baker's Dozen, I started using more product on my pages because it was fun to do. I'd gotten into a habit of putting a torn piece of patterned paper on cardstock with some photos and journaling and being done with it.

Well, with the Have More Fun class, I'm seeing quite a shift in my scrapbooking. I'm using paper that I bought eight years ago when I first started scrapbooking. You know, the paper that you buy thinking it's perfect and then get it home and realize that never in a million years would you use it. Or the stickers that you get in a goody bag at a crop that just aren't your style. I'm using them. I'm usually a 12x12 scrapper, and I'm even doing a majority of 8 1/2 x 11 pages. Last night, I used those old stickers and made borders on approximately 20 pages while hubby and I watched Smallville on dvd. It was easy and quick and today I added photos and journaling and I've got completed pages. I didn't complete all 20 yet, but I've done quite a few. I've been pulling photos out of my 2003 and 2004 photo storage binders (see Photo Freedom by Stacy Julian for an explanation) and scrapping photos that I was starting to wonder if I'd ever really scrapbook.

I'm not sure what it is about the Have More Fun class that's causing this. It's not an assignment to use up your 8 year old stash that you're not sure you EVER liked. But there's something about the off-the-wall things that I'm being asked to do in this class that is causing my brain to make some associations. Like "It doesn't have to be perfect." I've been saying this for years, yet I still freak out over photo placement and cutting photos and what product will be perfect with these photos. I'm suddenly so excited about scrapbooking.

And isn't that the point? If you aren't excited about scrapbooking, then you might as well not do it. If you want to preserve memories for you children, then keep a journal and put your photos in photo albums (nothing wrong with that - it's next in Have More Fun). Scrapbooking is a hobby, and it shouldn't be stressful! Let's see if I can remember that.

1 comment:

MAM said...

I absolutely agree with you! LOM changed the way I scrapbook. In fact, it got me scrapbooking again!And there is something about Have More Fun that is getting me creating. Maybe it is that we have been getting a different style every week and that helps us let go. Not sure but its just great :) Congratulations on your new home in cyberspace - I love the color.

Monica (BPS Classmate)