I started scrapbooking just over 10 years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long. It feels like it’s always been a part of me.
When I was little, I loved arts and crafts. I was always trying to come up with an idea of something to create. Shopping for school supplies was one of my favourite events of the year! Little did I know that this seemingly fleeting interest would turn into an adult passion.
My mom was the reason I jumped into the hobby. She showed me some pages she created after my nephew was born, and I was intrigued. I knew I could create something like that and I loved the idea of combining crafts and photos. So off I went to the local scrapbooking store, and I was immediately hooked!
This was my first layout. Pretty basic, but now that I look back, it wasn’t that bad! I worked on it in the cropping area at the store where we had full use of a Sizzix die cutting machine, and endless possibilities of paper and stickers within a 50 foot radius.
Here’s the pages that followed, you will see that my technique started to evolve over time, but I was always about simplicity. Not too many embellishments, but also very little journalling with my own handwriting.
I had subscriptions to Simple Scrapbooks and Creating Keepsakes magazines and poured through every edition looking for ideas and the latest supplies. When I purged my scrapbooking room this past spring, it broke my heart to give away nearly 100 old copies of those magazines, because I wanted the space and hardly looked at them. But I did keep the special editions, which you can see on my shelf!
I attended quite a few CKC Buffalo Conventions with my mom and aunt, which were a great opportunity to take classes, learn new techniques, shop and crop! I have a storage bin on the floor in my room of all the CKC Buffalo projects I need to finish. Someday I’ll get through all of them! This is a layout from one of the many classes I took. I love the colours and structure of the page! It’s one of the very few I have with a photo of me. Most of them are about my nephews, sons and family.
After a few years of scrapbooking, I started to lose motivation for the hobby. I could only scrapbook so many pictures of my nephews, regardless of how adorable they were/are. I have stacks and stacks of mini albums about trips hubby and I took before and after we got married. I needed new subjects to focus on!
Before our first son was born, we moved into a new house and I claimed a small room in the basement for my scrapbooking space. I painted it a bright teal, it felt energizing and brightened the otherwise dreary space. I love this space, it makes me happy when I hang out in there. I really do forget about everything else and just play.
Before our first son was born in 2011, I forced myself to finish an album I was working on for a Europe trip hubby and I took in 2007. That was the last project I worked on for two years.
Everyone made maternity leave sound like a glorified holiday. For those who don’t live in Canada, we get a year home with our child. I had no idea how little time I would actually have to myself! And when you’re only sleeping in 2-3 hour increments for many many months, there aren’t exactly many creative juices flowing!
Instead of scrapbooking his first year, I created a number of photo books. I liked being able to create them quickly, and they looked great! My poor scrapbooking room turned into a glorified storage space, the door forever closed to hide the clutter. When I went back to work, I had even less time to myself. And the time I did have was usually spent unwinding or catching up on household to-do’s. I thought I would never get back in there…that is, until my second maternity leave when I discovered Project Life. But that’s another story altogether…stay tuned for part 2!