Monday, July 23, 2007
This is how weird I am. Ok, maybe not TOTAL weirdness, but this is one weird thing about me. I have been putting off doing my scrapbooks of vacations because I haven’t collected enough scrapbooking materials to make the album “perfect”. Oh, I’ve shopped many sites and found the “perfect” papers, embellishments, etc., but have I purchased them? No! And why not? Um, er, well, um, hmmm, I dunno. Oh wait, it’s cuz I haven’t found the perfect album! Yeah, that’s it! Nope, that’s not it. Oh! It’s because I don’t have all my pictures printed out! Nope, that’s not it, either. I think it boils down to my age old problem of “if I can’t do it perfectly, then I won’t do it at all”. That’s pretty dumb considering some of the cards I’ve been putting out recently. Oh, but that’s different, I tell myself. Why? I dunno. So why don’t I just make the damn scrapbooks? I have tons of them to do. I’ve even decided to make a scrapbook of my school years. I got the book, the papers the doodads and have I done it? Nope. What if I do it WRONG!? Yeah, like there’s a right way and a wrong way, huh? I’m mental. Get the net. One time, a long, long time ago, there was this Princess…. Oh wait, that’s another story. A long time ago I went to a Creative Memories party. She told us that we should only put 3-4 pictures on a page and that we should tell the story of the event in just a few pages – like 3-4 layouts. Well, that told me that I should whittle my vacations down to just four pages in a scrapbook. How the hell do you put a trip to London in 4 pages?! How do you put a week’s vacation to the Riviera Maya or Jamaica in 4 pages? What the hell was she thinking? Or do you maybe think I got the message wrong? Hmmm, now that’s a thought. So all this time I’ve thought that the 300 or so pictures from each vacation needed to be taken down to 20-30 pictures. Impossible! Why did I think that? Because she was the “professional” and she told me that so it must be true! OMG, am I from a different planet or what?? I can think for myself, but sometimes I wonder…. So I’ve emailed my sister about this and told her I would be starting the projects of doing my scrapbooks. I will start with the London trip because I am already losing some of the memories that go with each picture. You know how that goes, right? Why can I still remember almost every kid in my 2nd grade class picture, but not what happened in London 3 years ago?! Again, get the net. (10 points to the person who knows what movie that is from.) Scrapbooking is not an exact science. That’s what I’m telling myself. I can’t and I won’t be perfect, but it will get done. Journaling and all! I’ll keep you posted. Just take a deep breath and go, Deb. Now. You CAN do this!