It’s 5 a.m. and I’ve been up for two hours. No, this isn’t part of some crazy new workout plan I’m adapting in an effort to get Fit (see how I slid that one in there?), but I’m catching a plane in a few hours and as luck would have it, I can never sleep the night before I fly.
I’m heading to the greater Los Angeles area to attend the Craft & Hobby Association’s annual show. The last time I went was in 2007 so it’s been a while. And while I’ll only be at the show for one day (I’m filling my trip with many other things because… California), I find myself a little giddy at the thought of being at the mecca of all that crafty goodness.
Some of you have asked me what my memory-keeping plans are for 2016. Will I be doing Project Life? What other ways will I be documenting life on terra firma?
And that’s a good question.
First, I have to finish up a few things and namely, my Project Life pages from last year. I have to complete November and December and I’ve already decided that I’m going to wrap them up in about four to eight pages. That’s it. I know I may be missing a few photos that could be included, but I’d rather have it done than perfect.
I also have a December Daily album that stalled out at Day 15. Part of that was because I was immersed in working to get Fit ready to launch. I feel like I’m going to knock out a few pages here and there because it really is an album project I love. At the rate I’m going, it may not be done until February, but I think that’s okay.
I am in a different place with memory keeping. I turn 50 in March. My children aren’t exactly children anymore and the stories I choose to tell about them are in some ways really more about me and my subjective take on things. I guess that’s really what scrapbooking has kind of been for me all along if I’m being honest.
And yet I’m still passionate about the things I love: writing, photography and design.
That’s the only reason I got into this hobby in the first place, all the way back in 2003. I loved those things. This hobby let me play with those things that I loved.
I think when you love something you create sustainability. You feed it. You nurture it. Believe me, I didn’t make beaded jewelry for more than a season because I just didn’t feel the love. Same with knitting.
Stories and photos are still the shit, my friends.
I am just looking for new ones to tell.
If you see me at CHA on Sunday, be sure to say hi. I’m actually a bit shy in person, but I cover it very well. And yes, I am a hugger. Here’s to scrapbooking in 2016, whatever that ends up looking like.
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