How Did You Get Hook?
Do you remember “your first?” Do you remember the beginning, when you first started scrapbooking? Do you remember feeling confused but at the same time excited? Do you dare share your “firsts” with your scrapping buddies now?
I remember going to my gallery sometime ago and locking down my earlier attempts at scrapbooking that I was brave enough to put in the Two Peas Gallery. Now I look back and see some history on how I got hooked all the way into this passionate and addicting art.
The slide show above is my early work…my early play… my early learning grounds. They are not perfect, not even great but it is these layouts and projects that mean the world to me.
I remember as a child living in Germany I use to keep memorabilia and photos in a big RED book my father purchased for me. Although I no longer have the book, I have all the contents of that “first” scrapbook. Years later I made what we called “Year Books” for my homeschooled son.
Now we are at the current beginnings. I’ve shared here on my blog that I come from a very creative family. My whole family is into sewing, quilting, crocheting, woodworking, cooking, metal working, VBS craft teacher, builder, paint artist and these are just a few of the talents my Grandfather, Grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins and my children possesses. I have always been “all thumbs!”
In 2002 my husband gave me a digital camera and printer dock. I decided to scan all my children’s photos to give copies to them. I began to wonder about organizing the photos in a book.
First thing I did was go to the local scrapbook stores to ask for help on how to get started. First store…no help. Second store…no help. Third store…no help. So I went to the library and spent about a month reading about scrapbooking. Know this about me: I will research a subject to death.
I learned how Ms. Grossman got started with the little red heart. It’s funny as I remember her story. I tell my students there are no mistakes in scrapbooking only creative opportunities! I guess Ms. Grossman had a BIG creative opportunity. I read about Anna Griffin’s adventures in designing and her move into designing for scrapbooking.
Finally, with a sketch and four pictures in hand I went back to one of the local scrapbook store. I met Angie and she was astounded with my plan. She helped me pick out paper and spoke in a language I’ve never heard. For about a month I freehand cut everything. I’d never heard of a personal paper trimmer. I used spray glue for everything! LOL I finally learned my way around and I became a SCRAPBBOKER. This transformation occurred between January to April. With advice from a personal friend who is in the “industry,” (that sounds cool, huh?) the owner of Keepsakes asked me to lead their design team. Oh, yes and I was down for the count!
From these beginnings I found my place in the creative family from which I came. I have made friends everywhere from around the world. I’ve learned to scrap, to create art (yes, I’ve actually been officially called an artist twice!), and to preserve my memories for my children and their children. Not only scrap the photos, but to tell the stories that make my scrapbook pages real. Scrapbooking has been my outlet for creativity, for stress, and has been my therapist. Honestly, I have had nothing but fun along the way!
My dream (besides “flying without wings) has been to inspire people to preserve their memories, create art from their heart, and help people heal through scrapbooking and paper crafting. My dream comes true day after day in varying degrees and form. Here on my blog, my favorite message boards, my Fellowship, my classes, and just sharing with others my creations. My three passions: faith, family, and crafting are greatly enhanced when I share them with You! I want to share my enthusiasm, passion, and humor (yes, I do have a sense of humor…LOL). That is my Dream, my beginnings, my purpose.
Post a comment. Tell me about your "beginnings." I'll send a mini-RAK randomly drawn tomorrow evening. How about some goodies from my beginnings?
1. my craft and this wonderful crafting community
2. Angie, for being willing to teach one more newbie
3. Patti, for all the encouragement and help in the beginning
4. Sudie, my current cheerleader
5. God, for leading me to discover this wonderful craft of scrapbooking and beyond!