Last week I met up with a friend who has been living overseas the the past few years. Our main contact during that time has been Facebook, so it was lovely to see her in the flesh and hear more detail about her adventures. She is not a scrapbooker or particularly interested in photography, but of course she sees my Facebook posts, 90% of which are pixels2Pages related – whether it is completed pages, blog posts, commenting on pages on our Facebook wall or just answering questions. Sometimes I worry that my non-scrapbooking friends must get a little weary of my posts. But she said something to me that really struck me and made me just a little bit proud of what we have achieved at pixels2Pages this past year. She said “You seem to have a really strong feeling of community in that photography thing you do”. And she was right. I knew that all along, but I was pleasantly surprised that someone completely on the “outside” could see it so clearly.
Scrapbooking (whether traditional or digital) is perhaps unique amongst pastimes in that we share so much of ourselves on our pages. We make pages about our joys and celebrations, our family and friends, people and places that we care about. Knitting groups or cycle clubs, as great as they are, don’t offer the same opportunity to reveal your innermost hopes and dreams. And we “pixies” look at every single page posted on our wall, as I know many of the fans do also. You come to us as strangers, and though very few of us have actually met face to face, we quickly become friends.
Two posts on our wall this week really highlighted that sense of community. On Sunday Janet Richardson posted
Just wanted you to know I have not abandoned you but on hiatus for a few weeks. You see I was blessed with a new grandbaby today that needs some attention. She is actually 5 weeks early and in the NICU for a while. I know you are saying, WHAT, AGAIN… yes number 4 in 4 years. Love ’em all. So once time permits I will resume making pages for posting. In the meantime I will just be able to download stuff. I have my eye on things here though because I just loving looking at all the pages.
I was so touched that she shared her joy about the new grandbaby, and that she knew we would notice her absence. And many people have been praying for that little baby – I know because they have posted that to our wall too.
And today as i looked at the new pages posted I spotted a page featuring a proud young girl with her impressive school science and English awards and I thought “Oh, well done Alison!” before I remembered that I don’t really know Alison or her Mum, Doreen Watkins – I recognised her from the pages I have seen on our wall. Like I wrote to Doreen, we are just one big family – and I love it!
For my Christmas gift to you, I have created a set of instructions and a template for making photo cubes using SBC3 – a very quick and easy project to make. Click on the image to download. Enjoy and thanks, with love from my family to yours.