keep calm and scrap on

didn’t quite make it to national scrapbooking day. was having internet issues only to realize that i was simply out of load. the perks of broadband connection.

nevertheless,  in keeping with the occasion, here is a scrapbooking tip from a newbie (technically):

do not overanalyze.

(if you think about it of course, this applies to everything else in life.)

before my only completed scrapbook album to date, i attempted to make one by compiling the letters my best bud and i exchanged through the years. the inspiration was nick bantock‘s griffin and sabine (as this has always been my dream), which, in my opinion, elevated scrapbooking to an art form. i spent sleepless nights putting pages together, only to tear up all seven i had made as i felt it  had no style, no character, no framework, no format, blah, blah, blah….(oh, you get what i mean).

and then i took it easy. kept it simple. and came up with pages (well, around 3) which i did not attempt to destroy (but, er, i might change soon given the new scrapbook system i discovered).


lesson definitely learned (or so i think).

so to all the scrappers out there,  just keep at it! happy, happy!


p.s. here’s a peek at ana’s first letter to me.  this was sometime 1990 or 1991.


product credits (click on the image to view product details)

White Out Collection - Promenade - Parasol Paper

we r memory keepers white out collection paper kits promenade


light, love

ana and me i am the sun and my best bud, ana, was the heart. we were thirteen years old when we first met and exchanged handwritten letters for a period of fifteen years after that. ana had a way with words and a colorful life to boot which made for good reading. because i only had mundane matters to talk about, i made up for it by coming up with interesting ways to present my letters. i rolled one in a cassette tape, stuffed one in an empty film shell, wrote in circles, wrote backwards – any way possible to compensate for my usual nothing-much-has-really-happened-to-me-lately line. in every letter that we wrote we drew the combined symbol of a heart and a sun. when e-mailing became the norm, ana thought of translating the symbol into words instead, thus the phrase “radiant sun, leaping heart”.

ana eventually became a writer. got herself invited to a women’s literary circle. had her own column. had her own blog. won a writing award even. until her heart got broken and her light ceased to shine.

this year marks her fifth death anniversary. to honor her memory, i decided to go out of my comfort zone and take this leap into the unknown (i am not a writer and as it is i am struggling with the technical aspects of blogging) like she used to.

so here’s hoping that my sun shines bright enough to warm the heart of whoever peeks into my blog. only happy thoughts from now on. promise.