Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Looking Back

Today has me in something of a reminiscent mood. I think it’s a combination of things. The weather (grey and rainy all over the UK today), which is more like September than May, and it’s got me feeling that “back to school” vibe is one thing, the fact that tomorrow I will be turning the ripe old age of 32 (how did THAT happen?) is another, and the fact that yesterday I actually located my scrapbooking mojo and got excited about a papercrafting project, something that hasn’t happened in a long while. Here’s a sneak peak of that, it isn’t anywhere near finished yet, I had another page to do first (but I can’t show you that one because its for a scraplift challenge):


Couple those things with reading this post by Shimelle this morning, and I’m all about the looking back fondly today.

So, in the spirit of The Cure, and having a “Jumping someone else’s train” moment, I thought I’d have my own “Time warp” blog post and share some of my first scrapping attempts (humiliating as it might be).

I discovered scrapbooking for the first time in the summer of 2004, when Grace was only 6 or 7 months old. I decided I wanted to do something with the plethora of photographs that we’d already taken of her (other than storing them on my hard drive, never to be viewed unless happened across). I’d not long gone back to work from my maternity leave and I remember Googling “scrapbooks” on my work laptop (in my lunch hour, of course ;)) and stumbling across the website. I was immediately enthralled by the articles and layouts on there. A whole world of new craftiness opening up before my very eyes. I remember clearly going to Hobbycraft with the specific intention of buying scrapping supplies for the first time (the only thing I’d ever bought there before that was eyelets for LARPing costumes). I bought more pink scrapbooking supplies than should be allowed in one basket – a pink 12x12 album that was in the sale, pink paper, pink ribbon, pink cardstock and a packet of pink mulberry paper die cut stars (I still have the packet with some left in! LOL).

I scrapped at the kitchen table (long before I appropriated the conservatory as my craft room) and I shoved all my supplies into a Hobby Craft carrier bag! I don't miss the days when I had to pack everything away at the end of a scrapping session, that's for sure!

This was my first every scrapbook page. The photo is a bit duff because I didn’t take it out of the page protectors to photograph it.


And my second layout. Tigger stripes?? What was I thinking??


Then it was official. I was hooked!! I began to learn all about exciting new things, like The Rule of Thirds, what "acid and lignin free" meant, and having “Magpie Moments” (using none scrapbooking items on your pages). I’d like to think that things only improved from there on it. Although there were a couple of incidents with some photos and a circle cutter:


But everyone has those. Do you see that wire “B” – pulled by my own fair hand out of a piece of spare mains wire that was! How’s that for magpie? Not exactly an “acid free” moment though ;)

So, there you go, that’s how my scrapping started out. Next time (maybe), there’ll be The Curious Incident of the Corner Rounder in the Craft Room. For now, I’ll settle to listening to a little of this, for a reminisce:



Lou said...

Loving the delicious colours for your new LO!

And I actually quite like the Tigger stripes!


shimelle said...

bless your heart! i love it!!

i think the tigger layout was a requirement for all scrappers with small children, so don't fret. tigger is far more fashionable than viking women, i tell ya!

Unknown said...

I really enjoy your blog! You are very creative and your writing flows so nicely on such a great variety of topics that are of interest to me, also.
I am fairly new to blogging, but not to designing web pages. I'm used to making the whole thing from scratch myself and not using an editor. Could you tell me how you got 3 columns when that's not in any of the templates? I keep messing it up! Thanks in advance!

April said...

Happy Birthday!

April xx

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