here's the thing. i love scrapbooking. i also think scrapbooking is super lame. since i have been using the blog as a kind of recorder of what we've been up to and such, i haven't scrapbooked nearly at all. but i miss playing with the paper, the paint, the goodies. i miss sitting down and being sentimental and artsy at the same time. but then, i think a book full of weird titles and trendy crap is really really dumb. but i love to read what i have written in the past about a picture i love. and i love pretty things. and my past scrapping books are cate's most treasured possessions. so that's pretty cool. but i hate cheesy pages and pages that are more about the crap the person bought at a store then the pictures and feelings that is so rampant in the scrapping world. but i realized recently just because i hate 99% of what is shown in scrapbook mags and what is sold in scrapbook stores doesn't mean i should stop doing something that is meaningful to me and my family. i am again totally excited to get all my pictures printed (there are 1000s more than i ever show on the blog waiting on my computer for someone to love them), slap them on a page, type my heartfelt feelings about said picture and add a little yummy to make me smile. that is my scrapbook style, that is what i love to look at, what i'll be grateful to read years later, and what i love to do to feel creative. i'm diving back in. i did this one yesterday. and i love it. and more important, cate really loved it. and even more important, in 20 years it will be pricelessly loved. amen.