Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Adventure

So, I decided to sucumb to the world of blogging to see what it was all about!

To start out my blog, I'll post a little about me and my world!

My addiction started in 2004…
When my dad passed away in May of 2004, there was a huge hole in my heart that I had no clue how to heal! A few weeks later on a Saturday, my aunt invited me to a “girls” day of stampin’ and scrappin’. I told her “I’ve never done that before”. She said, “Don’t worry, everyone will let you use their things and you can make some cards or a scrapbook page!”. Well, I went and I loved it. After that I become ADDICTED!
In October of 2004, I started spending much of my free time visiting with my cousin Amy, (we are only 2 months apart in age and have always been like sisters), and her new baby Lauren. Amy, Bob (her husband) and Lauren let me become part of their family by being “Aunt Mandy” to Lauren.
My first scrapbooking project I decided to do was Lauren’s scrapbook. It was a HUGE success and a wonderful learning process! Lauren turned five in April and I am almost finished with her first two years. And she got a brand new baby sister last August. Lilly will turn one on August 2nd and I haven’t even started on her album!

When I first started working on Lauren’s book and looking at all of the pictures Amy and Bob had taken of Lauren, I realized that my mom, dad, sister and her family had taken hardly any pictures for the past 7 or 8 years of our family together. I vowed to myself that my next task was to start scrapbooking memories so that when my children came, I would have memories of “Papa Tom” and the rest of our family to share with them and to start taking more pictures now.
Stampin’ and scrappin’ hasn’t filled the hole in my heart but, it has helped ease the pain by letting two brand new lives become such a huge part of my daily life.

Almost two years ago, I met a wonderful guy named Mike and we are actually getting married this August in Gatlinburg! We are in the process of combining two households (we both have our own house), fixing my house up to be able to put it up for sale as well as trying to plan our wedding! So, this has left LITTLE time for me to scrapbook (which is really sad). As soon as I get my wedding reception invitations finished and mailed out, I have promised myself that I WILL find at least ½ hour on my nights off to scrapbook or make something! Mike has finally warmed up to my "crap" aka scrapbooking supplies taking over the computer room and it is now offically called the scrapbook room. And he is even taking interest in learning how to work my Cricut (the best thing ever created for scrapbookers)--so that he can cut out the Cars characters (who knows what he plans on doing with them but, I'm not complaining since he wants to learn!).

My goal is to get more of my chipboard books made and post them on Etsy. I currently have two on there right now and am going to work on updating my Etsy site.

Time to go to bed--have a 17 hour day of work tomorrow!! Until next time...


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