Behind the Times

We took a fabulous family vacation to DisneyWorld in January 2012.  When we got back I collected all the photos taken by our family camera, my brother’s family camera, my parent’s iPhones, and we purchased the Photopass CDs with pictures taken by Disney Parks photographers.  (Sidenote: If you’re trying to decide whether or not to do the Photopass on your Disney Trip, I vote go for it. It has been worth every dollar for us.)  

I told my mom I would like to make her a scrapbook album of our trip and had her send me her memorabilia to include.  (Sidenote: Mom it’s all still here safe and sound.)  At the time my plan was to send her the album for her birthday in March 2012.

When I came up with the idea I did not realize that I was going to have 3500 photos.  Nor did I realize just how crazy life with 5 kids was going to be!

I’ve got a handle on the 5 kids, (Sidenote: do not confuse ‘got a handle’ with ‘have control’) but those 3500 photos are still dogging me.

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Then I remembered I have an ace up my sleeve.  A while ago I found Big Picture Classes, it’s an online collection of virtual classes all about scrapbooking.  Some of the classes have specific start dates, some of them are completely self-paced.  Some are free, some are not. Some of them have challenges with prizes attached to them, some simply inspire your creative spirit.  I’ve taken classes about journalling, techniques and I join the Creative Crop days simply for an opportunity to win some prizes.

I receive emails about the new class offerings and one day last month they had just what I needed; a class called “Mulit-Photo Solutions”.  The perfect solution to a 3500 photo project.  Several templates and strategies for thinning out that pile of pictures have made the task much less daunting.  The class is only 4 weeks long, this being the last week, and I just finished the first assignment on Tuesday, oy! Thankfully I will have access to all the class content forever now and as other students finish assignments, (Sidenote: So thankful I’m not the only one still on Week One!) and post their work I receive fresh inspiration.

One day I’ll catch up on my scrapbooking projects.  Although I confess I’m in no rush.  I scrapbook because I enjoy the downtime, the warm cup of tea, paper in my fingers, a smile on my face from memories recalled.  But every now and then a swift kick in the pants is appreciated- especially when someone’s been waiting almost two years to receive this particular gift!

(Sidenote: Mom, it’s coming with us FINISHED in  August, pinky promise).

One Comment on “Behind the Times

  1. Amanda, love your blog! Has me thinking about my scrap booking that has been put aside for a very long time and is also needing completion! Way to go!

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