There are many things that I don’t do. I don’t exercise like I should. I don’t speak several languages (I envy those who do). I don’t always finish things that I start and I don’t scrap. Although, according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary a scrapper is a “: fighter, quarreler; also : a fierce competitor”. Under that definition, my family would say I qualify!
But anyone who is a serious scrapper knows that scrapping nowadays, involves, photographs, die cuts, scissors, scrapbooks, and a whole lot more! Under that definition, I do not qualify. I have tried to get into scrapbooking. I love the end result – beautiful pictures, framed with lovely papers and sweet little sayings. However, this is as far as I have ever gotten…
I have SO many pictures (thousands, I’m sure). This is a fraction of them. I can’t even get them organized chronologically. I truly believe that there is a scrapbooking gene that is not present in my family. My mother has the same mountain of boxes (although better organized than mine) and my sister, a very organized person, is also victim of Shoebox Scrapbook Syndrome (yes, that is an official diagnosis)!
Over time, I have had visions of all my photos, organized in albums, with vintage maps, cards and letters adorning every page. I just realized something the other day. It ain’t gonna happen! Every time I look at my pictures or try to find that baby photo for a kid’s school project, I feel guilty about this. It should be easier to track down that picture of my daughter at her first recital, or that cute pic of me and my family looking oh so Brady (mom rescued me by finding this one)!
In order to assuage my guilt and completely rid myself of these allusions, I have started selling all the amazing ephemera (that’s ‘paper stuff’ for the uninitiated) that I have accumulated over time. Trust me, I have a lot! – cool maps, greeting cards, vintage game pieces, letter tiles, postcards and fantastic vintage albums, ledgers and scrapbooks. It all has to go! Once it is gone, I know I can finally admit defeat and revel in my shoebox scrapbook world!
So, if you, or a friend are a scrapper (the crafter, not the fighter type), please take a peek in my etsy store. I know you will find something that captures your imagination. I am offering to my blog friends an extra special deal. With every 3 lots purchased, I will throw in a lot for free! This is an even better deal than I am offering in my store and will be available for the next two weeks only! It applies to anything in the Paper/Ephemera or Postcards categories.
While you are there, check out at all the other beautiful linens, glassware and collectibles that I have listed.