Yes, I'm still here. I went to a scrapbook retreat a couple of weekends ago and it really threw me for a loop. I've never really been into scrapbooking (although I do own a good deal of scrapbooking stuff plus two empty albums...) but I have done my share of cardmaking in the past. A coworker invited me along to a weekend retreat up north, so I figured I would get out of town for awhile. Plus, who can resist an entire weekend of crafting
There were 12 people total: 11 women, 1 man. Aside from eating, everyone was working on stuff the whole weekend. I scrapbooked all of the Christmas photo cards I had from 2003, 2004, and 2006. 2005 and anything prior to 2003 is still at my unsold condo 275 miles away along with all of my paper crafting supplies. I made my pages in no time, then worked on Ariann a great deal and worked on a snowman cross stitch.
The first night my friend's cell phone had low battery and was beeping every 10 minutes or so while I was trying to sleep (I didn't know exactly where it was coming from until the next morning.). There were 5 of us sleeping in the room and only 2 of us heard it. Eventually I gave up and went and slept on the couch. Keep in mind I was excited to sleep in a real bed at the retreat instead of the air mattress I've been sleeping on for the past 6 months!
Anyway! (Anybody still reading?) I was so tired on Saturday I messed up my Ariann and basically just cross stitched for the rest of the weekend because knitting required too much thinking for my tired brain.
I was so burned out on crafting that I didn't do anything for AN ENTIRE WEEK! I finally got back at the knitting on Sunday.
So it seems as though I am going to become a scrapbooker. Once I am reunited with all my belongings, I plan on finally working on my Disney trip from 2003 and my wedding album from 2004. I haven't hooked up with any knitters here yet, but it seems that there are plenty of opportunities for me to be a social scrapbooker. Two coworkers and I are planning on going to an Archiver's scrapmania sometime next month, and if I get invited to another retreat, I'll sign up in a heartbeat. I learned that scrapbooking does not need to be the crazy, over the top pages you see in magazines. Don't stress, just get it done.