I’ve been scrapbooking off and on since I was a little girl. It’s always been important for me to collect photos and memorabilia of all kinds, and to tell the story that goes with them. And the older I get, the more I appreciate my scrapbooks – and I love seeing how important they have become to my family as well.
I have to admit that during the years when my children were very small, I did not do much scrapbooking (although I still did plenty of photo and memorabilia collecting!). But one day a fellow mom invited me to a Creative Memories event, and I was immediately hooked – scrapbooking became my preferred method of relaxation and de-stressing.
So to finance my growing yen for scrapbooking supplies, I became a Creative Memories consultant. I found that I loved teaching classes, hosting workshops, and helping people one-on-one. I also loved running my very own business, putting to use many of the skills that I had learned during my time in the corporate world.
In due course, my living and dining room became a permanent scrapbook room, filled with tools and supplies, inventory to sell and completed albums to enjoy. And then Storybook Creator came on the scene, and it opened a whole new world of opportunities, both creative and business-wise. Then life threw me a curve ball, and scrapbooking of any kind was put on hold for several years.
Eventually my life reached a new equilibrium, and I was able to get back to scrapbooking again. But alack, alas, all of my many boxes of traditional scrapbooking supplies were packed away in storage. Digital scrapbooking to the rescue! I fell in love all over again. I got addicted to all the cool things I could do digitally that I couldn’t easily do with my traditional scrapbooking. (Don’t get me wrong, I still love traditional scrapbooking supplies as well – oh paper, sweet paper!)
So there I was, telling my stories, preserving my photos, enjoying the creative experience, and sharing my finished pages with my family. But still, something seemed missing from my scrapbooking life. Then, I discovered the online scrapbooking world and of course pixels2Pages. With trepidation, I posted my first page on the p2P Facebook group, and then another, and another. I was warmly welcomed first as a p2P fan, then as a member, and ultimately as a brand-new Pixie.
And even though by then I had moved half a continent away from my in-person scrapbooking buddies, when I went online, I found the missing pieces of my scrapbooking puzzle – community, camaraderie, inspiration, motivation, sharing, support, and of course, laughter, lots of laughter. Those were the qualities that I loved best about my Creative Memories classes, workshops, and retreats, and those were the qualities that were missing from my solitary scrapbooking experience.
This all came into sharp focus for me at Forever LIVE in Atlanta. It was amazing to get to meet so many of my online scrapbooking friends in person, most of whom I had never met in real life before. We hugged, we laughed, we told stories, we gathered together in groups small, large, and ball-room-sized. We ate some amazing meals together. And we ate cookies. Lots of cookies.
At the gala banquet on Saturday night, when the Pixies were invited to come forward, I stood looking out over the ballroom, seeing the smiling faces of old friends and new, and the room was filled with an amazing, special spirit of community and camaraderie. It gave me goosebumps and made me teary-eyed.
So, my friends – thank you all for being a part of my life, and for making me a part of yours.
Pixie Dust: Sept. 2013 “Eclectic Collection”, Dec. 2014 “Holiday Swirls”