Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Name's Janessa, and I'm a Scrapaholic...

That's right, I admit it!

It's what I do with a great deal of my free time, and something I always seem to spend more money on than I intended. But it's worth it! Because it's perserving our memories and telling the story of our life!

When I was 12 years old I asked my mom if I could start a photo album. I went through all the childhood pictures and everything up until that time. I put together a very haphazard album. It was in no particular order and had captions written on notebook paper saying things like "me, mom, Chris" and "monkey at a zoo." Well first of all, I'll never forget that the people in that photo are my mom, my brother and I. No caption needed there! Except maybe a year. And the monkey? I clearly had no recollection of that monkey or that zoo. For all I know I wasn't even there.

As time went on, I kept up with the albums, and now they were in order! Still sloppy, but at least chronological! After high school I started doing them a little more like a scrapbook. I'd use cute stickers and try to make neater captions. I still didn't use scrapbook paper or any neat tools, except a pair of fabric scissors of my moms.. those made a nice zigzag edge.

In the summer of 2007. I finally broke down and got the basics for scrapbooking: an album, lots of paper, stickers, scissors, etc. Since then, I haven't been able to stop! Now I have a hard time going to Michael's without spending a good $80, so I have to avoid the place if I don't want to spend the money. I've got a Cricut now, and many other neato tools!

I'm so glad I started scrapping. I love it and my books are my most prized possessions!

Here's some of my work, starting with my very first page.

I was very proud of this 4th of July page. I cut out all those white strips. It was a lot of work for a beginner!

The next two are from when we rented a cabin in Show Low with all the Jolly's.

Most of these pages have a "sister" page, but I didn't think I needed to post that many pages!

That's not our address anymore, so don't try to stalk me! :-p

This shows that I have fun with the girls sometimes! Disregard the fact that it was about 2 1/2 years ago. We just have a different, less hazy, kind of fun now.

My girls came to visit in April 08, this is my favorite page from their visit. This is Jessica's little one. I made a page like it of Jenn's little one, Autumn, too.

The next three are summer 2008, when we were at the lake alot! That was a great summer!!

This is my friend Dixie's wedding!

You can't really read the caption, but in August 08 Chris & Nicole visited mom in Oregon, I was jealous, so I scrapped it!

My cutie neice, Nicole!

My fall Oregon pictures from when we lived there (for about 6 months).

And some of the snow pictures! I love photographing Oregon! The top picture is the town of Pilot Rock, where mom lives. That picture captures most of the town, at least the main parts of it.

This is from the day after our wedding, (June '09) when we went to Sunsplash with my family. It was such a fun day!!

And this is from our wedding week, my family! I don't get to see them enough! :(

And that's all I'm gonna post right now! That's the end of my last complete album. I'll post pictures from my wedding album another day, as well as pages from the current album. And as I do more I'll post those too! :) Probably not all of them.. that'd be overkill, no?
Also I wanted to mention that I'm re-doing those old sloppy albums that I mentioned earlier. I'm working on scrapbooking my entire life, from birth till 2007. I started out going backwards, so I'll share those at some point!
Okay that's all from me for now! I think I'm developing carpel tunnel as we speak... or.. type...


  1. Great work Nessa! Isnt it funny to look at your first page you did and see how much your style of scrapping has changed?

  2. ...and how much I didn't know wth I was doing! LOL