Friday, June 06, 2008

I did it!

Yippee! I'm finally starting to work on one of my summer goals -- scrapbooking!

As I've written in the past, scrapbooking is something I've wanted to do for a long time, and I'm one of the world's worst at putting my "best laid plans" into action. I'm flippin' notorious for making excuses, and finding a million other things to do that get in the way. So today has been huge for me!

I've also written several times about signs and synchronicity that seem to be presenting themselves in my life right now -- well, the beauty of it all continues! The mother of one of my students from this past year has come along into my life at a perfect time (actually not THAT perfect, considering that school is out, but I digress). Anyway, I heard through the grapevine that she was a big scrapper, so I talked to her a few weeks ago about how much I wanted to get started. She gave me some great tips, as far as local places to visit, online resoureces to explore, and so on.

Over the past few weeks, this lovely lady hasn't given up on me! At least once or twice a week, she sends me little notes of encouragement and asks me about where I am in my little journey -- but in a totally non-pushy way. It's like she's there to remind me that she's THERE.

This morning she sent me a note about some resources available on an online magazine site. After checking it out, I decided to order a print subscription to the magazine. From there, I found 2 other magazines that looked like fun, so I ordered them too! But not wanting to wait the full 6-8 weeks time that it's going to take to receive my first issues, I decided to hit the magazine rack at Barnes and Noble. I found a few magazines that looked like they'd be fun ways to help get my creative juices flowing.

Sidenote ... have I mentioned that Aidan is in school 3-days a week this summer, so I was able to do all of this ME TIME stuff on my own?! It's so fabulous! I love my little boy to pieces, but I didn't realize how much I needed some alone time. I feel like I'm doing something naughty! I even drove through Sonic for a diet cherry limeade! :)

Back to the story. On the way home, I stopped at Michael's, just to check out what they have on the scrapbooking aisle. OK! That should've read AISLES! There's a ton of stuff there! Who knew? On top of everything, a very kind lady (thanks, April!) who works at Michael's spent about half an hour with me and recommended some basic tools, as well as gave me some tips on getting started. It's so great how everything just seems to be falling together for me on my newest endeavor!

In the end, April the Michael's lady's biggest suggestion was that I start organizing my pictures before I even begin tackling a page or a full book. So I purchased 4 photo boxes to get me started. I'm going to sit on the floor over the next few days and get myself in order! My friend from school (the parent) has invited me over in a few weeks for a "weekend of scrapping." I have no idea what that means, but she's already hinted that wine is involved, so it can't be anything but great!

Again, I'm discovering so many good people in my life, at just the right time -- blessings galore! God is so good.

I know this is a silly little thing to get so excited about, but it just feels really great to have a fun project going on in my life! Woo hoo!


Library Girl said...

I am so excited for you! I was going to text and mention that I saw a bunch of scrapbooking stuff at Target, too, so check there! Glad you found some people to get you going! :)

Jen said...

Very proud of you! We've been talking about this for over a year now!!!

It's addicting, so be careful. AND I want to see some finished products!!!

P.S. If you like to write, the journaling can be addicting too. Allan says that I write too much but I do it so that I can really be taken back to that moment!