Over the past 24 hours I’ve been obsessed with making scrapbook pages. I branched out from quilting photos and moved on to whatever I could find. I’ve come to the conclusion that 1999 was a big year for me. I have lots of quilts done that year and the husband and I actually went on vacation.
I went looking for inspiration online. There are some serious hard-core scrapbook makers out there. I was impressed and intimidated!
Scrapbook stuff suppliers don’t seem to make things that fit my life. You can find quotes and papers for every stage of your kid’s life. But what about when you want to make a page about your dog being embarrassed by a helium balloon tied to his collar? “Humiliation” doesn’t seem to be a theme they sell a lot of. There are lots of “pets” things as long as your pets are only dogs and cats. I’m doing rabbit, bird, and horse pages. I ought to start my own line of supplies. I’m going to call it Thinking Outside the Box or something.
My favorite ‘this is not my life’ moment at the scrapbook store was pursuing the TRUE FAITH set of papers. Of course it featured crosses and other Christian motifs only.
I used to subscribe to some scrapbooking magazines, but then I came to the realization that I am just not THAT kind of scrapbooking chick. I admired the creative spirit behind lots of the featured layouts. But, as demonstrated by the nose-picking page you mention, some of those ladies just have too much damn time on their hands. Just wait till those poor kids grow up. They’ll be making some kind of futuristic digital scrapbooks that haven’t even been invented yet, with spread after spread of “How I committed dear Mother” and photo collages of their anti-anxiety meds in full color, black & white, and sepia.
Those links are all great!
The more I look at scrapbook designs the more I think that scrapbook moms are producing a generation of kids in need of serious therapy. One page had a picture of a girl picking her nose repeated four times (!) with the headline, “Will you stop that?” You know that ones going to come out for public viewing on prom night.
My mom owns a scrapbook store and just told me about two peas in a bucket. I’m just getting into scrapbooking and plan to post some of my things there once I get started.
You totally should make a humiliation line. =) There’s so many times my family’s talked about scrapbooking moments like that.
As far as the religious stuff, I found some things that were more nature-spiritual and not Christian. They were from a company called My Mind’s Eye (http://www.mymindseyeinc.com). I think the things I got are out of print now because I don’t see on the company’s website. I swear they must have been written by someone who was either Pagan or very nature-oriented spiritual.
I found two of them for sale here, but you can’t read them well from the picture (at least not the best parts, imo):
Anyways, if you want to know what they say, send me e-mail and I’ll type them up for you or scan them or something.
I wanted to give you my 2 favorite scrapbooking sites: