Scrapping Whispers


Summer’s coming, and that means many more memories will be made for me to put in my scrapbooks. The kids will be on their summer break, so they’ll be around the house more often, and we’ll be able to make barbecues in the backyard and invite some friends over. I can’t wait! We recently bought a new kitchen item, a meat grinder, and I haven’t tried it yet. The kids love sausages, they’re always popular at our family gatherings, plus when you make your own you can really choose the ingredients. It’s even a great social activity with the guests when they want to help and hang out at the same time.

These are some of the reasons why summer is my favorite season. There’s a certain headiness about the air in the summer that seems to make everything more beautiful. Another is strawberries and watermelons, and making lemonade every day. We have a lemon tree in our backyard and I love sitting under it, sometimes reading and sometimes scrapbooking. But with work and chores around the house, I’m lucky if I find the time to do it once or twice a week.

Scrapbooking is sacred to me. It is the time when I center myself while doing what I love and letting my mind wander while I create. Sometimes the kids assist me, if they want to draw a little something, or even write, but it’s mostly a solitary activity. I take it very seriously.

I have my supplies neatly organized, but my favorite pile is the miscellaneous pile, where all sorts of random things go, like mismatched beads, torn pieces of paper, buttons, damaged photos, or even pieces of fabric. I don’t keep literally everything I ever come across, but you never know where the creative process might take you and what you’ll need from that pile. I’ve made some of my favorite spreads from those bits and pieces, it can be very versatile!

Lately, I’ve begun adding some recipes to my spreads. I know it seems pointless and unnecessary, but I found it gives me a great foundation for building my narrative. It’s not like a recipe book spread, it’s more like a cooking blog, you know. With a lot of lifestyle and diary-like entries. I don’t know, I like it so far. I’m not an adventurous person, but I like adding something new in and trying things I haven’t tried before.

What kind of spreads are your favorite? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!