My head is wild with thoughts this morning, mostly because the days of summer are quickly coming to an end, and I can feel my summer stream-of-consciousness melting away (beach day, shave ice, scrapping, sleeping in, impromptu belly rubs for the dog) and my back-to-school lists forcing themselves to forefront of my brain again (required reading, AP prep, seating arrangements, bulletin boards, work shoes...).
Luckily, the excitement of CHA has been delaying my absolute conversion to back-to-school mode. I've been living vicariously through the photos and videos posted by merciful attendees. Last night I came upon these photos as well as these, which helped me to scratch that CHA itch.
I've also discovered these videos from October Afternoon DT member Lexi Bridges
and Two Peas in a Bucket
I wish I could see the OA booth in person -- doesn't it look incredible? Thanks to these pics and videos, my CHA jonesing has been sated (somewhat). If you have any other links to share, hook me up!
I've also been thinking a lot about Shimelle's incredible, beautifully affirming video on Ali E.'s blog, which I am embedding here so that I can watch it ALL the time. I think I've watched it three times today already.
It's a manifesto, really.
I confess to feeling strange when people ask me about my scrapbooking. My mother recently told the rest of my family members that I was asked to be a Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket, so at our Fourth of July gathering, one of them brought it up, unsure of how to phrase her words, I suppose, and asked, "So you were published or something for scrapbooking?"
Here was an opportunity for me to talk about what I love (and to explain what being a Garden Girl means to me), but I felt tongue-tied all of a sudden. Me, tongue-tied. The one who spends much of her free time immersed in scrapbooking, now at a loss for words?
Even last year, when I introduced myself to my new co-workers in my "tell us a little bit about yourself" statement and mentioned my love of scrapbooking, as others had mentioned their own interests and hobbies, I felt kind of sheepish. For some reason, when one person says something like, "I run marathons," or, "I cultivate rare orchids," or "I love to travel. We just got back from Santorini, in fact," it seems as if "I love to scrapbook" somehow pales in comparison to more adventurous hobbies.
And yet Shimelle set me straight. Scrapbooking is an adventure.
I think that maybe I just feel protective of what I do, and rather than risk people belitting it or misunderstanding it, I choose to keep it in a kind of sacred space, sharing it happily with those I know will appreciate it, and sheltering it from those I am afraid will never understand it. I always anticipate a patronizing smile at the other end of my admission. So what, though? Scrapbooking is my adventure, dang it.
I read this quote about surfing by Dan Webber recently, and it actually reminds me of the difficulty I have in conveying my own passion to those for whom it is not a passion:
There's something about surfing that touches the very essence of what it is to be alive. It's hard to explain to non-surfers how it feels to carve across a wave, to push the limits of your surfing ability and to surf even better than you thought you could. One surfs with the wave, drawing on experience to manoeuvre the surfboard in synchrony with the wave, all the while anticipating how it will change shape.It's this synchrony that I cannot express to others when I try to share how scrapbooking moves me. It's a you-had-to-be-there kind of adventure, I think. Then again, isn't much of what we do as scrapbookers invested in helping others to feel as if they were in the moment, with us? But Shimelle is right -- we need to push on, to move past stereotypes, to acknowledge "that this hobby is more than just pretty paper and stickers."
Part of my adventure is documented in this blog. Maybe it's time to step up as Shimelle did and be more contemplative of the metaphysics of scrapbooking. Metaphysical Mondays, anyone? :) Seriously, though, I do think that it is time for me to "come out" as a scrapbooker more honestly with those who are not in the scrapbooking community. Why deny this part of myself, when it is so much of who I am?
I will now leave you with some evidence of my everyday adventures (a.k.a. my JBS July projects).
The full post for this layout can be found here.