Origin Stories: A Blog Link Up

By Marisa Lerin Wed, 02/18/2015 - 00:21

I'm trying something a little new today. I was feeling a little uninspired in my blog writing, but luckily for me I don't write here in a vacuum and I thought it would be more fun to invite some of you to play along! And I know I'm not the only one looking for blogging inspiration, so I figured we could all help each other out.

Plus everyone likes a good origin story.

I'm going to tell a little story about how I got started scrapbooking, and then I'd love for you to do the same on your blogs and link them up below in the special widget. If everyone has a fun time, maybe we'll do this again. If you don't, well, we'll do something else ;)

Origin Stories: How We Got Our Start Scrapbooking

I've shared a lot of this story before I think, but I don't think I've shared it all at once, and certainly not in it's own dedicated blog post.

In the early days of scrapbooking, my parents had some friends who opened a scrapbooking store. My parents knew I had a crafty side, lots of photos and lots of spare time, so they took me over to the store to get an introduction and basically that's my story. Since that moment, I never really stopped scrapping.

Of course, even before the store, my mother had my sister and I making trip journal/scrapbooks for different trips we took, so even when I walked into that store for the first time it was not all the surprising.

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Fast forward ten years or so and you'll find me in Korea. Scrapbooking was certainly something I loved, but it most definitely did not fit my lifestyle. I had only been able to practice it in the summers when my family was in the States, and then I became an adult and continued to live places without scrapbook stores. Actually, Korea had a pretty good stationery store situation, but I had a lot of free time at my teaching job and found myself wishing I could be scrapbooking. In the back of my mind the term "digital scrapbooking" was floating around and during one long afternoon I finally gave it a Google. The rest, as they say, is history.

My story, is of course old news to me, so I'm really looking forward to hearing your own origin story, your reasons for getting started, who showed you the ropes, etc.

Some Useful Favorites

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:45

If you've been reading this blog for a little while, you'll know that I'm the genius who first came up with the idea that you can mix and match things from different kits. Or maybe it didn't go exactly like that...

Anyway, I'm smart enough to do it now, so I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorite kits I use ALL THE TIME.

Buttons by Melo
▲ You can never have too many buttons!

Pockets by Elif
▲ I swoon for pockets.

Strings by Janet
▲ Little strings always seem to be the finishing touch.

Paint by Sheila
▲ I absolutely cannot make a layout without paint splatters.

Papers by Brooke
▲ Neutral papers always have their place.

Stamps by Violet
▲ Backgrounds usually need some fun stamps.

Elements by Sharon-Dewi
▲ A little something from here.

Wood Elements by Marisa
▲ And a little wood veneer. Very trendy.

Sheep by Melo
▲ Also, you'll need these sheep.

What's your favorite go-to kit?