I go through phases with my scrapbooking. I can scrapbook for months, my dining room table never being cleaned off, and then I will put it away and will simply peruse my crafting magazines and websites for ideas. That may go on for another few months and then I will bring out the paper, pictures, stickers, and adhesives. My scrap booking also goes through phases. I will do a layout with pictures laid out in grids with lots of square angles and like it. The next thing I know I have done my next three layouts to look similar. I sometimes need to re-adjust my thinking to try something new. (I do the same when planning my advance dining reservations at WDW. I seem to fall back on comfortable dining habits instead of trying a new restaurant!)
I am about to begin my latest Disney trip scrapbook. In it, I am promising myself to try new things. I hope to take myself out of my comfortable box and to stretch my Disney creativity. I plan to attempt at least one new technique and am going to use colors that are new to me. I also hope to create some new layouts that use my Disney pics in different ways to tell our story. This album is my new phase. I am about to search out a new side of the scrapbooker in me.
My scrapbook techniques are pretty “old school”. I do not yet have a Cricut or an embossing tool. (I need some more room to store my “toys” first.) When I need to add a touch to my pages that uses any of these newer tools I venture to my local scrapbooking store and attend a crop. I love meeting up with similar minded crafters and sharing ideas and tools. At my friendly neighbourhood Scrapbooking store, there are many opportunities in a week to learn a new technique, try a new product, or simply work on my pages. My favorite time there is “Crop til You Drop”; a bi-weekly event where I can sign up to scrapbook on a Friday from 12:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.. I pack up my supplies and spend hours with my pictures and my scrapbooking friends. They have all of the newest tools for making my layouts amazing and I can use them while I am there.
My friends there all know about my “Disney Obsession” (as they call it.) and I am now their resident expert on Disney trip planning and Disney scrap booking. I share my ideas and love of Disney while sharing ideas over page layouts and products. They are my source of feedback when I wonder if my pages need more or less embellishment. They will be my support system: along with my on-line friends as I begin my newest Disney album.
Keep watching to see where my desire to involve more new techniques in my Disney Driven Scrapbooking takes me!
Contributed by: Mary Beth C. (NDM #6). Mary Beth is our resident ‘neurotic Disney scrapbooker’.