Happy Talk Blog Header_JanI am having the BEST week!!  I am in North Carolina, babysitting for my almost fifteen-month-old granddaughter for the next five days while her parents are out of town.  I am happy for the kids to have a chance to enjoy a few days to themselves (I remember what a luxury that was when David was a baby!) and I am happy to have a chance to play “Happy” with sweet Miss E.  Thankfully, she took her first steps a few days ago – I was worried that I might have to push her down rather than be the solitary witness to that milestone while her parents were away!  Now my worry is that my back may never be the same – those of you who are moms will remember those days of walking behind your newly-walking-not-quite-toddler with him or her holding tight to one finger on each of your hands – this is one of the rare times I’m not so glad that I’m tall!

Watching Elliot these past fifteen months has been a good reminder for me about how long it takes us to learn new skills, to adapt to changing situations, and to try things we never dreamed possible.  As adults, I think we sometimes forget what a process change can be.  In our instant-gratification world, where we get annoyed when we have to wait a few seconds for a phone to be answered or a website to load, where emails must be answered within minutes or at most, an hour or two, and where waiting a few days for a repairman is torture, we are not very patient, even with ourselves, when it comes to learning new things.  Even the work of finding, making, and keeping friends or finding a spouse seems to be something to be rushed along – I laugh when I think about those 30 second speed-dating things (DING!  Next!) and count my lucky stars that I am WAY past that.  And how funny is it that I had known Rex for almost eight years before we married thirty-four years ago?!?

What does this have to do with digital scrapbooking, you ask?  Well, EVERYTHING!!  Very few of us, p2P-demographically speaking, grew up with computers.  Most of us were adults before there was even one computer in our homes, and many of us did not work with computers if we had jobs outside the home.  And yet, here we are, thirtysomethings to seventy- and even eightysomethings, taking photos with our digital cameras and preserving our most precious memories on our laptops and desktops.  We can open zip files and find folders.  We can install and uninstall programs and fonts.  We can download and import content and updates.  We can edit and clone; crop and recolor.  We CAN do it, and we love doing it!

But think about it – did you just wake up one day and miraculously know how to do all of those things?  Or have you been learning a little bit here and a little bit there?  Trying something, taking a baby step, falling down, getting back up, and trying again?  We all have a learning curve – some are steeper than others, because some people are more familiar with computer technology and some are just more technically inclined – but because it is important to us to document our lives through our photos, we are climbing that curve, one step at a time.

That’s where pixels2Pages comes in.  We have walked that same curve – in fact, we’re still on it (hopefully a step or two ahead of you!) – and our goal is to make that curve not so steep and impossible-looking for you.  We strive to show you the way, whether it’s through the tips that Shelley, Justine, Anne, and Alison are so adept at writing, breaking complex processes down into simple steps for you to follow, or whether it’s by getting you to just do it by trying a challenge designed and written by Kerrianne, Mary, Janice, Kim, Justine, Tameka, or Penny.  Each of us takes our turn showing you how we do what we do and sharing what we’ve learned through our videos, and all of us try to make it even easier for you by giving you a head start on a fantastic page through our Blueprints.  We love making our own pages and sharing them and our own stories with you in our blogs and on our Facebook page.  Nothing pleases us more than seeing you post your pages!  We love watching your progress and seeing light bulbs go off for you!  As one who is fortunate to be able to train at a number of p2P LIVE events, I can tell you what a thrill it is to see and hear those A-HA!! moments in person.

If you’re new to digital scrapbooking, you have come to the right place!  If you are a digital diva, we hope you’ll still find new steps to take here.  And if you’ve never tried digital scrapbooking but want to do something fun and important with your digital images, come on in!  We will hold your hand while you take your first baby steps.  You can do it!

In case you’ve forgotten some of the ‘baby steps’ we all took at one time or another:

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8 Responses to Blog: Baby Steps

  1. Carolyn says:

    I must have missed this when it first posted. What a lovely story about sweet Miss E! And I’m glad she was walking before you gat there too. Wow that would have been awkward otherwise. She’s a lucky little girl to have such a devoted Happy. I hear you on the hurry up world. You know I’m one that has definite technology expectations, but it hasn’t always been that way, as you say. I was engaged for more than a year. (Eight years is a long time, Jan!). And the next generation is not completely devoid of patience, thankfully. Paul and Nic knew each other for four years before marrying and dated three of those.

  2. Jan, thanks for all the encouragement you at p2P have given to build our confidence out here as we learn new techniques. p2P is what really gave me a solid start to digital scrapbooking and I have to say that almost everything I’ve learned about it I’ve learned and mastered from camping out here often, watching the training, and reading most everything. Just like E learning to walk, it takes practice, but once you get it, there’s no more crawling involved! Feeling free to run with all that’s new!

  3. Anita Albritton says:

    Great blog, and PERFECT layout for your precious baby steps photos!! Thanks for all you do!!

  4. junegauntley says:

    Ah Jan! How lovely that you have the opportunity to be with your precious grandchild! I can’t believe she is 15 months already! I’m sure her parents are very grateful!!! Thank you for the lovely post — so well said! Enjoy your time with Elliot! 🙂

    • Jan says:

      She is a cutie pie, June – I am having such fun with her! And she’s young enough that she is not missing Mommy and Daddy (sssshhh! Don’t tell them I said that!) so we are having fun!

  5. Sue Thoenes says:

    Beautiful post and beautiful page.

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