October 21, 2011

The Beginning

It being October, which is sort of a scrapbooking quantum for me, I thought I would share with you how I started this hobby.

Innocently enough, I was invited to a friend's Creative Memories party, kind of a Tupperware of Scrapbooking event.  An excuse to hang out with some ladies involving food, drink, and crafts?  "Sure, I'll come--but don't expect me to buy anything.  I have no interest in scrapbooking.  Fine, I'll bring a few pictures to play with."

It was September of 2008.  The kids were already 9 and 11 years old, but I brought some of their baby pictures and made these little 7x7 pages.


Not bad for a first timer, eh?

It was pretty fun, too.  But, no, I still didn't want to scrap my life.  How daunting the task of catching up on all the years and milestones that had already passed??  With October right around the corner, however, it occurred to me that  I could do just a Halloween album.  It wouldn't be too hard to catch up, and then I was only committing to one page a year about a very fun, creative holiday.  Perfect! 

And so I made this title page:

I was very proud of my sketching inside the diecut letters to make them stand out a little. 
And look at those bat eyes!  I used bling!  Lol!

As my introduction to "the craft" had been in a 7x7 inch format, and envisioning my finished Halloween album sitting on our small coffee table for a good month of the year, I decided to go with the 8x8 inch size rather than the seemingly enormous 12x12.  (That would come later, though currently I am considering joining the 81/2 x 11 movement.)  And here are the first two pages, commemorating Jillian's first Halloween!

Yes, we really stuck her inside a pumpkin! 
And put another pumpkin's top on her head!

A little pumpkin to dot the "i"?  I was unstoppable!

It was a sad, sad day when she could no longer fit in that Winnie the Pooh outfit!  

Luckily, we had another kid!  Even if Jeremy, the Gentle Giant, wasn't able to squeeze into it very many times, it made it a little easier to retire the Winnie the Pooh on the second go around.

Oct. 1999

Well, thank you for stopping by and letting me share these little bits of the past with you!

1 comment:

  1. So cute! Love your Halloween spread and that costume is toooo stinkin' cute!


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