It is amazing how far my crafting has come since I was first introduced to Creative Memories in 2003. Up until that time, I considered myself a scrapbooker. I used construction paper (which bled and faded) and regular ink pens in magnetic albums. I knew absolutely nothing about photo safety, but I knew I wanted to tell my story, which would include the story of my family.
Right now, there is a bit of unrest in the scrapbooking community while Creative Memories goes through structural changes. People are confused. To be honest, so am I. What I do know for sure is that I still want to tell my story. Over the years, I have evolved from simply telling my story to using what I have learned from Creative Memories and all of my scrapbooking friends to enhance my experiences. Creative Memories went from simply being the books that told my story to being a part of my life, my home, and my work place with all of the offerings they had. I would be lying if I said that I was not a little bit scared about losing some of the awesome products that have been a part of my life. Most recently, I gave my daughter a “Sweet Dreams” themed slumber party. Creative Memories was everywhere! I used the traditional and digital Candy Shoppe Power Palettes to decorate and to create invitations, banners, and more. Creative Memories made that event extra special for my family. Here is a picture from the party:
I fully intend for Creative Memories (the old CM and the new company) to be a part of preserving my memories from this very special event. I don’t know how. It may simply be me using all I have learned about journaling and photo safety. It is all uncertain. For now I will wait and see how the new Creative Memories will fit into my life. I choose to savor the excitement of “something new” instead of panicking and mourning the potential loss of some of my favorite products. I know that all of the friendships I made because of Creative Memories will still be there. I am very impatient and not a friend of waiting. I don’t like change at all (See my blog Hold Up! Wait a Minute – A test of faith), but I will embrace the change that is coming my way. For now I am going to remember my “why”, keep calm, and scrapbook with my friends. We may not like all the changes that come our way, but change is good. You can’t grow without change.
Happy Cropping! Ta Ta for now. Enjoy an old blog post of mine (below) and think about your why!
Below please find my blog from April 2010: MY WHY!
If you are anything like me, you will find that more times than not, there aren’t many pictures of you at events because you are always behind the camera. That being said….there are usually not a lot of pictures of me in my printed Storybooks. My solution to this is to make the first page of every storybook my dedication page. It doesn’t have to include a photo of you, but must have your “Spirit”. Here is one of my many dedication pages entitled “They are my Why!”
People ask me “Why do you scrapbook?”; “Why are you a Creative Memories Consultant?”; “Why do you waste your time?”. Well, let me formally introduce you to my “WHY”. Life is both a blessing and a struggle. I remember both from my own childhood. However, the older I get, the more vague my recollection is. The older I get, the more memories get pushed aside for new ones. I am no longer a child. As a matter of fact, I have my own children now. Three beautiful blessings. I feel time slipping away as they throw away their pacifiers, draw their first pictures, graduate from kindergarten, ride a two-wheeler and have their first crushes. I remember how when I was a child I thought time was moving so slowly, and now that I am grown…I don’t have enough of it! I see my kids check the calendar several times a day, only to realize that it is still today! I sit back in a daze as they rush life’s precious moments by and realize, that one day soon (not so soon if they had to tell it) they will want to remember exactly how they lost that tooth or got that scar…and that they will revel in all the wonders of it all sitting at their own kitchen table with their own children. That is when they will take out the countless albums I would have made for them and feel all the love I have inside for them every day. It is then that they will realize that time indeed is flying by and they will want to slow time down a bit. I choose Creative Memories because I trust that my memories are in good hands and will survive the test of time so that my children will have that opportunity. None of this is a waste! Why? you ask. They are my why! They are my legacy! They are my everything!