Sep 4, 2012

Beach Day

September 3 -- and it was the first day I managed to get here. Hopefully the weather will remain beautiful for a few more weeks so that I can visit again soon.

The good news? The beach will be a lot less crowded now than if I had been visiting the past three months! :)

Enjoy the view.


Sep 3, 2012

Why the story is so important....

It may be hard to know this from visiting my blog of late, but my original paper passion was scrapbooking. I started scrapbooking about 12 years ago after being introduced to Creative Memories at a home party. I had just come back from a vacation in Barbados and that vacation album became my first completed album.

I continued to scrapbook for about five years before I was introduced to rubber stamping. I was so excited by the stamps and all the coordinating Stampin' Up accessories offered me (and I still am!). Of course, with rubber stamping comes the ability to whip up a card or two at a moment's notice (and for a lot less than running to the local store).

Recently, I've become largely focused on making cards for classes and events and while I love that and will not stop doing that, I'm really feeling compelled to go back to my scrapbooking roots. Especially after a recent discovery.

When going through some of my Mom's things recently, my sister and I came upon an actual nut and bolt on a chain in my Mom's jewelry box. We pondered what this nut and bolt might be from. We're fairly certain that my Dad gave it to her, but why? What was the story associated with this little nut and bolt? How long has she had it stored away? Did she actually wear it for a while? Was it from something my Dad made or owned?

My point is that I have so many questions about this little nut and bolt. Questions that could easily be answered by my Mom, but sadly asking her these questions is no longer possible. Please let this little story be a lesson for you - not in a school teacher "you're late with your homework" kind-of-way, but as a friend who doesn't want you to miss out on the details.

Tell your stories. Document them. Share them. Ask questions and listen to the answers (I'm amazed at how many things I know my Mom once told me that I don't remember!)... better yet write them down, scrapbook them, cherish them. As you never know when it will be too late to ask.

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