Ok, I know I just spent a whole post musing about how busy April was, subtley concluding that I really didn't make any layouts that were just for the heck of it, like Art Journal Caravan, and that it would be nice to get back to the slower pace of being on fewer teams . . . but when a fantastic opportunity calls, ya gotta try, right? So, I did, and I was - accepted to Little Butterfly Wing's Creative Guest Team for May and June:
See, there I am - with all of those other fab ladies! And, I'm just so glad I was picked. When I was in elementary school through high school, whenever we had to pick teams for sports, I was always picked last - or close to last. My nerdy friends and I were always in the bottom five, and we huddled together, while the captains debated which of us was the least worst. Isn't that terrible, crossing your fingers, hoping you're the least worst? It's so nice to be picked! Anyway, Little Butterfly Wings sells her products at The Lilypad, and I've been using them since I started scrapping there - so it will be nice to use the products I would have bought anyway.
And, here's my first layout, with her release yesterday - Together Forever, a collab with Boutique Cutie Doll:
So, I was listening to the Paperclipping Roundable on my way in to work today, and the topic was scrapping when you're dealing with infertility issues, and the difficulty of scrapping in a community that is so heavily steeped in scrapping motherhood and babies, etc. I had a hard time relating to the topic, since I've never dealt with infertility - I chose not to have my own children. I have absolutely no problem scrapping memories of my husband, our daily life, our pooches, etc. And, if a kit screams "baby" or "kid," I have plenty of photographs of my nieces and nephews. And, when I do scrap with photos of my nieces and nephews, the pages really are genuine -I'm close to all of them, and I want to preserve my memories of them. I know that it's different when you want something so badly, and you're "surrounded" by other people who have what you want, and are celebrating it in your face, but memory keeping goes beyond parenthood. I don't know what my point in all of this is, I guess I just wanted to put it out there that you don't have to be a mother to be a scrapper. Your memories are your memories, and you can preserve them just for you. When I used to keep a daily journal, I wrote them as sort of a letter to my future self - and now that's what my pages are, to a certain degree.
So, I'll be back tomorrow with lots to show you - it's raining products for International Scrapbooking Day. I gotta tell you, though - I'm not sucked into it - I'm all about Maryland Sheep and Wool - I haven't spent a dime on scrapbook sales, that started days ago, with everyone trying to get a jump on the bargain shoppers. I've got my wool fund, and I'm sticking too it.
Although there is one sale I'm definitely going to take advantage of, and that's the sale at Persnickety Prints. I don't know how often they run their sales - maybe quarterly? Maybe twice a year? But, I printed my first batch of Project Life pages with them, and they turned out awesome. So, I've been saving all of my layouts for the next sale - and it's here! I can't say enough nice things about the quality of their printing (and I'm not on their creative team or anything - I just love them!).
So, print 'em up, my friends!