Saturday, October 2, 2010

Words.

I haven't felt much like scrapbooking lately. For some reason, the spark that pushes me to make a page just hasn't been there....and no amount of new paper or fresh photos or yummy stamps has inspired me to create one.

I've been giving it some thought, and what I do know is this- without a story to tell, I have no desire to scrapbook at all. I can't just make a page for the sake of it. I can't just take a nice photo, add some pretty paper and embellishments, and call it done. To me, it's all about the words.

So with thoughts of words spinning around in my head, I made this page...


It's sort of funny to think a photo of a text message could get me out of my scrapbooking rut...but that little text message summed up this past week for me better than anything else could have. So with little thought of design, paper, technique or otherwise, I put my thoughts down...

...and made a page :) It's not my best-ever page...it doesn't take your breath away with it's beauty, or it's great technique, or it's cutting edge design. What it does is tell you is how unprepared I was for my boy to be injured while competing what seemed like a million miles away. His short text says so much about how much he's grown up, but ironically, how young he still is...and that is worth preserving in a scrapbook.
So then I made another one based on words...
...this time about a conversation I had with Riley last night about Santa. I've written him a letter that's tucked inside the envelope, about how long I have agonised about this particular conversation (you can probably guess what I'm talking about here) and how, even though the time was right to have it, I can't help but wish I could take the conversation back...unsay the words.


Wow...that got pretty deep today, didn't it? Maybe I'll try a light-hearted type of layout next :)
TTFN xxx

5 comments:

Tracey said...

Wow........I just read what you wrote, and I think its so cool you scrapped these pages, you are so right it more than the decoration!

Vicki said...

It is really hard to grasp sometimes that they are growing up and they take our thoughts and emotions into consideration....you have a very beautiful, brave and considerate boy there Susan.

Tracey said...

I actually held my breath the whole time I was reading your post and now the tears are forming. Some people say that a picture is worth a 1000 words... words are the only thing that can tell the story, the whole story. I am proud of you for taking scrapbooking back where it should be.
love me :-)

Linda said...

...and that is why we scrapbook...no more to say
xx

Jo Kay said...

I am with you Susan! Our boys are very similar in some ways... tall, look older than they really are and still very innocent. What two beautiful pages you have done to keep memories of those moments your boy grew up. I am so with you - it hurts... but just remember what a beautiful boy he is!!
Jo x