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Everyday Scrapbooking Adventures

everyday scrapbooking adventures
everyday scrapbooking adventures Random aside: I processed this picture with the new Radlab addition to Photoshop and I’m loving it so far. I used it in CS3 but you can use it in Photoshop Elements too. I’m going to blog more about it on Saturday.

Yesterday The Boy and I had a scrapbooking discussion. It happens less often than you might think, as usually scrapbooking interactions with The Boy go something like Does this layout look finished? and he replies “Yeah, I guess,” and on we go about our merry day. But yesterday we were actually talking about scrapbooking. And writing. And blogging. And why it hasn’t become popular to add video to digital scrapbook pages so they look like the newspapers from Harry Potter. But mostly the writing stuff.

He read my travel posts after were back at home, not over my shoulder while I was typing them. Mostly because I can’t write at all if someone is watching over my shoulder. It makes me too conscious of how much I edit as I type. In this paragraph alone, I’ve made six seven changes. If someone were watching, I’d have made at least eighteen, I reckon. So he read them in one sitting, I think, and then got curious as to what I had been writing in my journal along the trip was the same stuff I was blogging or if I had written just the details – itinerary style – with my pen then created the more thoughtful stuff later. For the first week or two, I had written just a report of where we went and what we saw. It felt like work. On a busy day and when nothing was in English, it was hard to figure out where we had been. In my head ‘we went to a floating market and sat in a row boat’ could suffice but I had to refer to guidebooks or the internet to find the name of the market and the type of boat and what we had for lunch. Sometimes I regretted looking up what we had for lunch. Trust me when I say some things in the world taste way better when you don’t know what they are.

Soon I tired of the tedium of those kinds of reports in my journal and I decided to let those details go. I wasn’t a researcher. I wanted to experience each day, not stress about the minutiae of the map coordinates. I am not leading an expedition to new lands. I’m a scrapbooker on holiday. So one day my journal turned from the factual reports to my real thoughts on a place and I’ve never regretted that. I wrote about little things I saw and bigger things they made me think about. I wrote about how old ladies smile in Viet Nam and how I cried at a makeshift petrol station even though I was riding a bicycle. I don’t know the name of the village with that petrol station, but that’s okay. I also don’t know what you really call a petrol station when it’s actually a shelf on the side of someone’s house with a glass jar of petrol and a money box.

Anyway, while The Boy and I were having this scrapbooking conversation, he said sometimes when he reads what I write, it’s like we were on two different trips. Not that he didn’t physically go to the same exact places, but that we were thinking different things. And then he got to the real point: Is that something that comes from scrapbooking?

Yes, I think it does. It’s the same thing I mention at the end of this:

{Many of you have seen this via this guest post I wrote for Ali’s blog, but I wanted to share it here too.}

So we had this conversation about how he thought it was cool (yay!) that I was seeing some other layer of daily life and that it was motivating me and on one hand that sounded fabulous. But also that he had no interest in actually scrapbooking. The crafty stuff – whether paper or digital – just isn’t something that’s ever going to be fun for him, and that’s fair enough. But taking pictures he gets. And writing he gets, though he doesn’t write as often.

I told him that was still a scrapbook.

That part of the conversation may be continued another day.


03 August 2011

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11 Comments for Everyday Scrapbooking Adventures

  1. Katrina Says:

    Very inspiring, as always. Thank you Shimelle. BTW my Sea Monkey’s have only just learnt to jump from a teacup we will progress to the toaster next week :)

  2. Debby Says:

    I totally love what you are saying here. Actually thinking about where you are,whether on holiday or at home, does lead you to insights. Insights that others may not come up with. Sometimes it’s about the people and sometimes it’s something to do with the general feel of a place.

  3. Jeannie Says:

    What a great video, it made me smile.I do sometimes feel that I have to justify my hobby to others as non scrapbookers (including family) do understand what I am doing but mostly why I am doing it!

  4. Sarah Giles Says:

    We had one of those ‘petrol stations’ at the end of our road when we lived in Thailand. They sold it in old whiskey bottles and it was ages before I discovered it wasn’t home brew! :)

  5. Jennifer Says:

    I loved this video! Rang so true in many ways and has me wanting to scrap forever and journal more efficiently. Thanks Shimelle!! :)

  6. Nathalie Says:

    I LOVED this video when I saw it on Ali’s blog (I think I even came here to tell you so). Anyway, I love the insights you offer by reporting this conversation. Now I would have jumped at the chance to ask him to write a few things about the trip and I would use them in my scrapping! It is so interesting to include other people’s point of view!!!!

  7. Judi Davis Says:

    That’s awesome that you see the same things on a trip, but see different things from them. (!!!) What a shame that The Boy doesn’t put those sights into words? I know me and DH are the same but we don’t even talk about it anymore….. but I think that’s just because we’ve now been together for so long that we know what the other is thinking; that’s a shame and I will make an effort next time we go anywhere to talk about it afterwards. :-) Maybe even attempt to scrap what he’s seeing too? Two pages about the same day/visit. Jude.x

  8. Pat Says:

    I LOVED the video. The music was beautiful, I loved your voice as you told an inspiring story. Your insights into the hobby of scrap booking were profound. Awesome! I will watch this often!

  9. Mollie Dirig Says:

    Sea monkies jumping over the toaster??!! I love it!! Thanks for the video and inspiration.

  10. Sara Says:

    I love this video. I have watched/listened to it more than once and I’m sure I’ll do it again. So inspiring. Thank you for saying it.

  11. Jannette Says:

    Love love this video, it spoke to me. One action that encourage to me to do is printing photos toda. I was thinking just this morning today, that I need to print a lot of photos, because that’s the bigger stopper for me when I want to scrapbook. Thanks

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