Thursday, January 7, 2010

Writing Captions Instead of Posts

About 8 years ago, I got carried away writing New Year’s resolutions, and I made a list of 35 things I wanted to accomplish in 12 months. In the years since, I have felt compelled to hold up the standard of the 30+ list, and as a result, continue adding the same line items year after year after year. Because really, how can a normal human possibly complete 35 tasks in just 365 days? Shut up.

One of the to dos that has made its way onto my list for the last oh I don’t know 150 years, is to get caught up on my scrapbooks.

Yeah, remember when I told you I scrapbooked? I do. I’m THAT girl. The one who blogged about buying cat and scrapbooking supplies at Target. I like gluesticks and zig-zaggy scissors and being able to pull out archives of my history whenever I’m in the middle of a story or need to check and see how much chubbier my thighs have gotten in the past 5 years.

And because I now have photos from Paris, London, Barcelona, Munich, Berlin, Dublin, Bruges, Oxford, Rome, Beaune and California that ALL need homes, I’ve been spending my evenings trying to make some craft magic happen instead of writing on this blog. Or reading your blogs. I feel guilty about it, but I’m tired of seeing that line item on my New Year’s list.

So I may continue avoiding the keyboard and using my new fine-tipped black pen to write scrolly-rolly nonsense next to pictures from my past. Just me and my scrapbooks. And my wine. And the cats.

11 comments:

dingo said...

I finally got rid of the scrapbook doohickeys, ribbon, and other decorative things that I've had for the past six years. I'll just never get to it. But I love the idea of scrapbooking.

justrun said...

I am totally with Dingo. I love the idea of scrapbooking. Unfortunately, I think all of my photo documentation is going to be electronic or in simple albums for the rest of my life. I am lazy.

But I LOVE to look at the scrapbooking others do!

laura said...

good luck with the scrapbooking! when you have yours all done i'll send you my photo to scrapbook for me. i don't have the patience.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Have fun with your scrapbooking! I always thought I SHOULD want to scrapbook, but somehow I never started. Now that I'm blogging I incorporate a few of my photos, but some day I'll create more online albums. Some day.

Mandy's Kidding said...

You should invent digital scrapbooking.

brookem said...

... and the bachelor.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I like the idea of TASTEFUL scrapbooking. Don't know your style, but I do know I've seen some pretty horrendous ones in my time.

Mel Heth said...

Dingo - I wish I could get rid of my stuff. Scrapbooking items are one of my hoarding obsessions.

JustRun - You're smart. It starts to become overwhelming at some point to try to get your entire life into books.

Laura - I'll probably be in a nursing home by the time I'm done.

Blissed-Out Grandma - I think there's a site that will actually convert blog posts into books for you. Maybe you could have the best of both.

Mandy - Ha! Already invented... And I like the feel of paper too much to take all my stuff online.

Brookem - That blasted Bachelor! And The Biggest Loser, too! Total time-sucks.

Nilsa - I have some of those pages you hate in my earlier books. :) But I've tried to tone it down over the years.

Alysha said...

I want to see the finished product...

bloggart said...

Yay! Scrapbooking can be lots of fun. I'm glad you're taking some time out to do something you enjoy :)

geekhiker said...

The Ex scrapbooked. Extensively. I'm trying hard not to be creeped out by this... LOL