These past few weeks I have been gazing at others’ card and scrapbook creations. They are so splendid and captivating that I was tempted to delve into the craft. So I bought some acid free papers from Scrap-N-Crop, and developed some of my favourite photos of the kids. Scrapbooking turned out to be quite a challenge.
Honestly, I tried but couldn’t start at it, apart from getting the papers. It turned out that scrapbooking is very difficult for me, not just because I lack creativity and sense of colours, but also because I can’t bear to cut the beautiful papers. Maybe it’s my thrifty upbringing.
I discovered that scrapbooking requires the willingness to part with so much paper, or using layers of papers for a wee sized photo. Most scrapbook design invloves at least 3 types of fancy papers, some ribbons or lace, embellishments such as sticker, flowers or buttons, and the result is at least 3 times the size of the photo and way heavier.
So I am starting at a smaller scale – cardmaking – something I could probably do. Although sticking layers of paper over each other is a slow and arduous task for me, I am slowly adjusting to a change of perception. I am in the process of modifying my thinking and beliefs – that it is not a waste of paper. That the extra layers of paper and blings and stuffs are well worth the effort in the long run. Easier said than done. But possible.
As for scrapbooking, at the moment, I console myself by comparing wrapping papers torn from the presents with the same amount of paper being kept and treasured forever in a scrapbook ensemble. I am convinced.
That’s it. A really, really big shift in terms of my perception. I realize that I am more of a hoarder than a stasher. A hoarder keeps things (usually in its original state) unchanged forever, and the things keep increasing as time goes by. A stasher, to me, is a person who keeps things (usually leftovers) but essentially uses parts of the things over time to create something new. So, I must learn to evolve into a stasher.
Once I have ‘graduated’ into a stasher, I hope to turn my stuffs into keepsakes or fun stuffs. I guess, if I have reached that stage, I would then be able to scrapbook with ease.
In the meantime, I am teaching myself some scrapbooking ideas with the help of ‘My Scrap Nook‘. It is a free service and the result can eventually be saved and printed, if I choose, which I may never choose because I’d rather splurge on books and craft magazines, but I don’t like wasting ink and paper. Another hurdle. What a conundrum.
So, I splurge on this for ideas:
which included these complimentary acrylic stamps from Crafter’s Companion:
and these backing papers!
Yippee! I’m all set to go!
– Precious Crafts