I am thankful that in years past I have always had time for my creative outlets - cooking, writing, photography and scrapbooking - but this year, my time was filled with other things. One might say that I'm imagining it and that I still took as many photos as years past, or I spent plenty of time piecing together pages for the girls albums. But I'm here today to tell you that's just not the case.
At the beginning of the month, I sat down at my kitchen table, the first time in a year, to start working on page kits that I purchased about a year ago. My intent when the kits arrived was to do a page a week. As you can guess, that didn't happen.
It was at that moment I realized that I wasn't making time for myself anymore. I was so focused on work and my family that I briefly (or not so briefly) forgot that I needed to make time for myself. I openly pledged on Facebook, that I was going to try and complete one album, a 2013 album of the girls, before the years end. Now, for some of you that might not seem like a big deal, but for me it is a huge undertaking.
In order to accomplish this task, I hate to say it, I'm not relying purely on my own creativity. I have given into the time saving, lovely page kits that I have found on the internet and been able to order. I am thankful that these kits exist, because without them, I don't think I would even have a chance to accomplish my goal for the year.
To make the pages my own, of course I add pictures of my beautiful girls, age with inks, write personal notes and embellish with buttons and ribbons if the mood strikes me. I am thankful I have my beautiful family to photograph and I am still able to find time an hour or two a week to put these kits together. But on some level it makes me sad that I just don't have the time to play with the paper combinations and make the pages work myself.
The good new is that I'm well on my way to finishing a 2013 Sisters Album. I have about six months covered and I have six more to go with five weekends left in the year.
My goal is clearly set. I will achieve it. I'm looking forward to the new year, when I can carve out some me time and hopefully get some much needed time away for a scrapbooking weekend so that I can return to the paper crafting activity I love so much.
PS - I am thankful for my followers...for those of you still following.