Joys of Scrapbooking, Teaching and Starting Small

I held my first little scrapbook event this past weekend. Everyone was finally healthy so I headed down to my friend J’s house. She had invited some other preschool mom’s to her house for scrapbooking. Although the initial interest had been about 12 ladies, there was a much smaller turn out – 1 on Friday night and 2 on Saturday (it was the beginning of Spring Break and a lot of them had travel plans). One of the ladies was a very talented scrapper with a gorgeous book that I got a lot of ideas from. She was also a Basic Grey and Daisy D’s freak like me. The best part was that I got to teach the other 2 ladies to scrapbook for the first time! That was so amazingly fun. Everyone I’ve scrapped with before already knows how so this was my first chance to share my knowledge and my love for scrapbooking! As for Memory Works, everyone loved the products and I did make some sales. I also sold some other items I had collected so I’d have something on hand for the “newbies” – some albums, adhesives, page kits, etc. The silver lining of having such a low turnout was that I got to work on MY scrapbooking. I got 8 more pages done (well, without journaling) for my scrapbook cruise album. I’d forgotten to take my holder of Bazzill cardstock so I used just the Basic Grey solids as backgrounds (had to improvise!) with BG patterned paper as accents. My process for this album – because it’s so extensive – is to complete it in 3 steps. 1. Crop the photos, ink all the edges and get them down onto pages which are usually Bazzill background with BG patterned paper accents. I pre-plan how long the journaling will be and insert a Bazzill journaling box with inked edges where needed with repositionable adhesive. 2. Sit at the computer periodically and knock out all that journaling! 3. When it’s all done, I’ll go back and add extra embellishments like ribbon and scroll rub-ons. I have all the stuff so as I scrap, I kind of have in mind where I’ll add things. This is a huge project, so it’s daunting sometimes, but I’m having so much fun doing it. I’m reliving the memories of the cruise as I go along. Well, I’m glad to have my first event out of the way because I was nervous. Maybe starting small was a blessing! I’m still planning my NSB event for May 5 and this was a good practice run. Hope you had a fun weekend that included scrapping too :)

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2 Comments on Joys of Scrapbooking, Teaching and Starting Small

  1. Karen
    April 3, 2007 at 4:15 am (8 years ago)

    Congratulations on getting through your first scrabpooking event successfully Americanmon. It probably was good that you got to start small. Good luck for the one in May.
    Hope we get to see some of your Cruise pages here on your blog. My very first scrapbooking experience was makingan album of a trip to France itook a few years ago. i was sick of having all the photos, memorabilia and tripdiary seperate so I couldn’t enjoy them all together. I was so pleased with hw it turned out that I became a scrapping convert. And the rest is history.

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  2. americanmom
    April 4, 2007 at 3:45 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Karen – Thanks on both counts! And I will post some of my travel album pages eventually, when I get something to the final stages. I will e-mail you and you can tell me how to add photos to my blog – I’m new to this AND computer illiterate for the most part.

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