Monday, April 30, 2007

Crop Mania and National Scrapbook Day

Hey Guys,

The Green Crop N Diles are here. We have so........much info about National Scrapbook Day. Just check the web. You will not want to miss out on this event. We will be announcing more specials on Wednesday. Alissa's Classes are listed under Crops and Classes, with a picture of the Mema Purse Class. These albums are They acutally hold 16 pages.
Here are a few pics from the crop this weekend. I will post more tomorrow.
We still have room for the FREE Friday Dinner and a Crop. Just call to sign up.
Here is an article I copied by Ali Edwards that I thought was wonderful.
Living a creative life is a choice Here are a few “survival strategies” to help you make time for creativity:
1. Sign up for a crop. Make a date with a friend just to scrapbook. Protect that date! Put it on your calendar and do whatever it takes to keep that date. We all need “YOU” for personal happiness.

2. Choose to create instead of watching TV. Or, work on projects while you watch TV. Choose how you want to spend this time.

3. Hire a babysitter. This person can take your kids to the park, movie—whatever—so you have time to create at home. Or, find a friend to trade time with. You watch her kids, then she watches your kids. You’ll each get time to scrapbook without interruption.

4. Set aside one hour a day on your calendar. Reserve it for doing something creative. You may be thinking, “I can’t get anything started, let alone completed, in that amount of time.” If that’s the case, I encourage you to shift your thinking. Focus instead on the opportunity. Read an article. Take a couple of photos of your daily life (this takes just minutes). Cut up some scraps. Organize your photos. An hour a day adds up to 31 hours over the course of a month—that’s a lot of creative time in the long run!

5. Adjust your expectations. Stop trying to be superwoman (or superman). Give yourself a break and don’t worry about getting or staying caught up. If you feel you need to “keep up,” read Stacy Julian’s book The Big Picture. It’ll help liberate you from those expectations and feelings.

6.Adopt a philosophy of “good enough.”” For me, this means keeping the focus on the story. “Good enough” means you’ve told your story to your own personal satisfaction. Maybe the design isn’t exactly what you first envisioned. Maybe your handwriting isn’t perfect. “Good enough” is about adopting the perspective that, years from now, people will care most about the photos and the words. The rest is window dressing.
7. Scraplift. Or come up with a design you love and do a bunch of layouts that follow the same design. No need to reinvent the wheel every time you scrapbook.

More tomorrow.