Scrapbooking Chaos

March 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM Leave a comment

Scrapbooking is one of those hobbies that I felt was perfect for me. I love taking pictures, looking at pictures, collecting mementos, capturing memories, showing them off, and I enjoy all things arts and crafts. However, I really have only created 2 scrapbooks in my life.

The first one was a scrapbook I made of mine and Josh’s dating life way back when we were dating. It was a good attempt, but I think it taught me I was not the natural scrapbooker I wanted to be. It wasn’t a failed attempt, but it sure wasn’t a great example of scrapbooking.

My second attempt at scrapbooking was better than the first. I made a scrapbook of mine and Josh’s vacation to Walt Disney World. I am quite proud of the pages I completed. However, there are still 2 empty pages with photos stuck inside and some sticky notes of what I ‘meant’ to do … still there 5 years later. 🙂

So as I mentioned some posts back, I am making a scrapbook of Hailey’s life; therefore, this is my 3rd attempt at scrapbooking. Despite my past, somewhat lackluster, unsatisfying attempts at scrapbooking, I have to say that I am truly enjoying making this scrapbook. And I love remembering Hailey as I make it, even though some of the memories are difficult ones. The good, the bad, it’s all my Hailey and I love it all because of that.

Some of my aunts, uncles, and cousins sent me some scrapbooking supplies around Christmas so I had something to start with. And then our tax return money came right when I needed to buy the rest of my scrapbooking supplies – because I sure didn’t have the amount that I spent budgeted for this task! I forgot that scrapbooking is one expensive hobby.

Our formal dining room has become my scrapbooking center. Thankfully we don’t use it much and our table is the perfect size to layout my supplies and pages.

As you can see, I have completely taken over the dining room with my scrapbooking endeavors. (And what you can’t see in this photo are the two chairs in the corner that function as storage for large pink basket from Hailey’s room that is stuffed full of mementos and other related papers and photos that I’m not using at the moment.) I’ll admit, it is quite the mess – but it is organized chaos as some call it. I know where everything is and what I’m doing – most of the time. 🙂

So far I have successfully completed the ‘first’ section of the scrapbook which is about my pregnancy with Hailey. And when I say successfully, I mean it. I am proud of the pages I’ve made so far. This 3rd time around I’m starting to get the hang of this whole scrapbooking thing. I’ve learned that it definitely pays off to plan ahead before I actually use any type of adhesive on my pages, and I need to practice some patience if I want it to look just right.

Today I started on my labor and delivery pages. I have a lot of work ahead of me until Hailey’s scrapbook is completed. But I am enjoying it. I am thankful to have the free time to make her scrapbook. If I had a full time job right now there is no way I would be able to put the time into it that it deserves let alone complete it.

After I finish Hailey’s scrapbook, do I think I will continue to scrapbook? Well… maybe, but let’s just say this is not going to become one of those regular hobbies of mine.  Scrapbooking takes too much time and patience for me to really enjoy doing it regularly. I will save my scrapbooking ‘skills’ for only those ‘really important’ things in life. The rest I’ll just blog about!

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