Then and Now
My scrapbooking journey all started with my husband.
Every year, i would design a calendar with a monthly calendar grid complemented by family photos, but this year, he asked for something different. In previous years, he might like a photo on the January monthly calendar very much, but because it was so obviously a calendar, he felt rather foolish displaying it in his office past the month and would take it down to avoid being teased. After he came across some Japanese anime calendars which are almost completely posters save for a line of numbers at the bottom, he thought maybe i could do something similar?
And so i thought, and i thought, and finally something clicked in my mind. Why not get some inspiration from the scrapbooking community, and work with a scrapbooking theme? From then on, yours truly started slowly but surely falling in love with the whole scrapbooking world!
There are about 30 years between these photos! The older me was singing for the church Christmas dinner, which was evangelistic in nature. My friend and i were singing an adapted version of As Long As There's Christmas, from Beauty and the Beast 2. i lurve singing!
As for the younger me, sarong cradles made from cloth slings hung across a frame and suspended from the ceiling by three strong bouncy springs were popular in the day. The idea is that the up-down rocking motion would lull the baby to sleep, and the wrapping action of the sling would make the baby feel like she's being hugged. Sarong cradles are still being used today, though they are no longer as popular as they are thought to be bad for the back, and a baby could get so used to the rocking motion that he would be unable to sleep without it, which is trouble when he needs a nap when the family is not at home. Here i was using one of those springs as a mike, all those years ago!
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