I am a scrapbooker and memory album creator. I went to my first Creative memories class in early 2000 and in February signed up as a consultant. I loved the concept and was soon addicted to creating my photo albums. I developed the most wonderful group of friends, Michelle, Annette and Susan and we met on a regular basis. I discovered that I loved the social therapy of a women's group where we could work on a craft and chat and solve the world's problems, as well as creating wonderful memory albums.
My first major project was my wedding album and I still treasure it today. I sometimes think that I would do it differently now, but if I contemplate changing it I just can't.
With our move to the USA I had to resign from CM but soon found a group in the USA and signed up again. I wanted my product at cost. Over the next three years scrapbooking filled my life. I saw so many beautiful things and had the chance to photograph and experience a lifetime full of wonders.
Our return to Australia left me again without access to Creative Memories, but I found another consultant and rejoined. This time it has been harder to create the wonderful groups that I have experienced in the past. I have neither the inclination or time to 'work the business', so with my good friends, remain a hobbyist. I do miss the social side of workshops and the inspiration from other people, but I have a lovely craft area and often you will find me working on one of my albums. I am also blessed with my 'page challenge group' - our online group who help each other keep inspired to work on our albums. Thank you Michelle, Mom, Tracey and Margaret.
Today I was thinking about all the memories that I have preserved. I am the proud owner of 61 completed traditional albums and 1 digital album that I made for Sarah. I have also created a few albums as gifts and these have travelled far over the sea. I figure that I have completed around 3700 pages in total with an average of 5 photos per pages. That is a grand total of 18500 photos in 8 years - about 2300 per year - WOW!!!!
The best part of all of this is the amazing memories that I have accumulated and the friends that I have collected along the way. I will continue scrapbooking and creating memory albums for my family. I hope that you will also find the time to save your memories, traditional albums, digital albums or even just slipping them into a picfolio album so that one day you will look back and relive your magic moments.