a little blog about crafting, owning a small business, friendships and life in general.
author - emily graham
Why do we save ticket stubs, cocktail napkins, receipts and our children's schoolwork? Why do we take so many damn pictures of everyday events? Because we want to treasure those precious moments for a lifetime. Those moments remind us of good times. And as time passes on, it remind us of those we've lost. Those small pieces of time tell the story of our lives. They provide a timeline for future generations.
Since I was little, I have collected memorabilia. When I was in high school, (before texting was invented), we would write notes to our friends in class. I would keep every single note received from friends. I saved gum wrappers that meant something; a flower from a corsage; brochures and maps from traveling adventures; cards my grandparents send me and just about everything else.
I saved it all.
Then I became a mom and things escalated. I saved pacifiers, bottles, clothes, bibs and books. Then schoolwork for my children came along. Oh my! That becomes an emotional struggle on what to keep.......
so I saved it all!
I haven't even addressed the amount of pictures I take! Literally thousands that sit quietly in a discombobulated mess on my two computers, iPad and cell phone. Facebook will pop up with a memory that reminds me of how far behind I am on being a good record keeper of my life. Then shame and guilt sets in. How have I let it go this long? How have I let this mountain of digital pictures grow so big? We're talking years of memories. Memories that get shoveled over to a new phone, computer or hard drive. Memories that will be lost forever if I happen to loose my phone or drop it in the toilet.
Years of memories would be gone.
I have told myself for too long that I will not only get my projects organized, but I will get them completed.
Well folks, today is that day.
I have created a 10 month challenge for myself to get my scrapbooking projects completed and wanted to invite you along on my journey. You may follow along on this blog, or join my Facebook group for those of you that want to join the challenge. I hope to create a group that wants to preserve memories for future generations to enjoy.
So what's the overall challenge?
This challenge is NOT about organizing -
I have organized my craft room countless times only to find I don't get projects completed, just an organized space. (However, I will give tips on ways I have found best to organize pictures, memorabilia and supplies) This challenge is about getting projects completed and training myself to maintain a comfortable level of memorabilia chaos. I know I will always have projects to complete, that's just who I am. But I want to be comfortable with where I am in that progress.
This challenge is NOT a competition -
I am comfortable in the way I execute a scrapbook layout or shadow box. I look at other blogs, books, and of course Pinterest. But I only use those things for inspiration. I am not in competition with anyone but myself on this challenge. Some of my projects will be very elaborate, some very simple.
If you join in the challenge, please understand you are not in a competition! The challenge is for you and you only. You will know the mark you want to hit. You will know your level of design.
The point - get it done!
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