All the kids in the 2nd grade are doing a “Famous American” project for the next few weeks. They got to select a person from a list of famous Americans, some choices included George Washington, Helen Keller, and Ben Frankiln. My daughter chose Paul Revere. I was pretty happy she chose someone a little less famous, although I really wanted her to pick Susan B. Anthony. After selecting the person, they got to pick how they wanted to present the information they have learned from another list. On this list there were fun things like dressing up like the person, making a powerpoint, making a scrapbook, and other things I can’t remember. I really wanted her to pick “dress up like the person”, because I thought that would be the easiest. She really did not want to dress up like Paul Revere which was another reason why she should have picked Susan B. Anthony…if you ask me (which she did not). She wanted to do a scrapbook.
Scrapbooking or “scrapping”, for those who are actually good at it (which is not me), lured me in once when I attended a Creative Memories party a friend of mine had. I had a great time. I did not have kids yet, so I made an awesome page with pictures of my dogs. I bought a ton of stuff, paper, the scrapbook, photo corners and other stuff that I thought I needed. The stuff sat in the bag through the birth of my daughter and then my son. After moving the stuff (still in the creative memories bag) two times, I finally gave all of the stuff away.
A little while back, I got invited to do some more scrapbooking and for a fleeting second I debated getting back into the craft (if you call one page and a whole bunch of unused stuff doing it in the first place). My husband forbid it. I know what you are thinking. A husband should never forbid his wife to do something, but my husband knows me well and he knows that I would have to buy a ton of stuff that I would perceive I need (because how could I make a great scrapbook page with out the die cutter) and then never do anything with the stuff. He was preventing unnesassary clutter and possible wasting of more money. Believe me, he has learned that he has to take these types of stances or we would never have money in our bank account.
So you have to imagine our joy when she told us that this what she wanted to do… Continue reading