Today’s Meds: Creative Viagra

Sometimes, I hit a wall scrapping.  I get myself settled down, have the photos printed out, the supplies all lined up- snacks are in perfect arms reach- but safe enough away from my supplies, and Pandora is kicking up some perfect tune-age.  Life should be good.  But I’m not feeling it.  So, I click around a bit online for some inspiration- or pull out a few of my magazines to get the mojo a go-go. Nothing. Forget about creative Valium- I’m in need of some Viagra here!

When I think about it, this boredom most often happened when I sat down to scrap the Calendar stuff.  The birthdays, holidays and reoccurring good stuff that happens every year.  Halloween 2009!  Halloween 2010!  Halloween 2011!  Gosh, I’m yawning just writing that.  So what to do?  It’s not like I could ignore these things. I wanted to scrap them.  I wanted to preserve them for my kids- I just didn’t have fun doing those layouts.
Well, I came up with a sort of survival technique that I now use that to put a “spring” back in my scrapping- and I thought I would share it with you.  You see, when I have a Calendar event to scrap, I can approach approach it in one of two ways:

Let’s take Decorating the Christmas tree.

1. I could scrap it as it is.  I put on my big girl pants and just put the photos down and journal it and move on.  I don’t even try to make it amazingly creative or unique.  That doesn’t mean I put my layout on a piece of my little guys construction paper with scotch tape- of course I try to make it a pretty page.
But I don’t kill myself over trying to reinvent the wheel. I would put a photo like this  down  and journal it a bit.  “It was so nice the boys worked together to decorate the tree.” It’s like I’m an on-the-scene reporter- the four Ws- who what when where. Done.  Move on to the next page- usually one that I find more creatively rewarding.  But I do so patting myself on the back because I got another memory down on paper.  There is nothing wrong with this way of scrapping- but if you do  it all the time, I think there is a danger of draining the fun out of our hobby.
2.  Change my angle.  See- I moved the camera just a bit to the left and have a whole new way of approaching the same old same old.  Now my page can go from “Decorating the Tree” to another story that happened that day.  “Keeping the Peace.”  Yes, it is special that we decorate the tree- but it think the boys should know (especially when they are dads!) that we had a real family. That means sometimes you have to make “happy”.  Here I might journal about how “When it was time to decorate the tree, a mom must work hard to make peace on earth.   That means all the non breakable soft decorations are put in a separate bag and given to the little guy to be all his. (see it on the chair next to him?) he is told the bottom of the tree is “his zone”- no on can touch it. That frees up the big guy to climb the latter by himself and have the “important” job of handling all the breakable decorations.
Everyone is happy.  Then, when they are done- mom come along and puts on the garland of bows and ribbons.  they don’t know this also means I rearrange a few things- and everything is good!
 Or,  I  could just ditch the boys’ story  and make a page using a photos of them at the tree and include  this one of the Grinch.  I would then journal about how the tradition in our house is that no matter what, the Grinch must always bee played as we decorate the tree.  It just isn’t Christmas until we hear those Whos singing and tear up a bit when  it is said “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe…perhaps…it’s a little bit more.”
 
So my friends, I will leave you with that thought- maybe your seasonal scrapping can get a little perkier with a change in dialog.  A look a little deeper into the routine.  Focus on a detail that would otherwise remain unspoken.  Maybe, perhaps, you have pages that mean a little bit more. 😉
 
 
what joy will you create today?

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