...or, more specifically, what I'm doing with it.
I mentioned last Saturday that I'd spent a good chunk of the day making some paper. Well, the main reason I was making it didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped....
And then there's the actual usage of the paper (not the handmade stuff, it took half the week to even dry so I haven't done a thing with it yet other than stack it in my room.) I've been developing....not a love-hate, but more like a love-apathy relationship with my scrapbook hobby over the last year or so. It's not that I don't enjoy it....it's just that 4 times out of 5, when about to do something crafty, I'll choose something sewing-related instead. Probably the main reason is sheer laziness--I can generally get to the sewing machine much quicker than I can haul out scrapbook stuff. But then, deep down, I know if I had to drop one crafty hobby I'd stick with sewing. There's this growing part of me that really wants my life to be more simple, and when it comes to my hobbies, I do sometimes consider dropping that one. I can justify sewing, since I can always work new clothes into my life. But I look at the scrapbook culture, and it makes me wonder why I do this...after all, it's not like I'm trying to preserve the childhood memories of my non-existent kids, like most of them do it for. And then I'm also so far behind on it, since I barely touched it last year. But then I was thinking about it at work today, and there are some pretty compelling reasons to stick with it...for one, like I said, I do enjoy doing it. And I know that sometimes on my really bad "I hate being single" days, it's good for my head to look back at the old ones and remember the fun times I've had while I'm in this place. And then there's the fact that it's my best portable option for things like when I hang out with friends and craft for an evening/weekend/whatever, at least as long as I do some prepwork ahead of time to get things ready to assemble. (Since that type of thing generally also involves lots of chatting and movie marathons, the machine's a little too loud to force that on my friends, and I don't always have handwork to do. Or the desire to do hand-sewing for hours on end. It's not good for my carpal tunnel anyway.) And it's also probably a better option for me than sewing on days when I'm henna-dying my hair...after I get the stuff on, it's pretty much a 5-6 hour wait time in which I don't want to risk staining my fabric. So I'm thinking maybe I should just try to keep the pages simple, use up what I have as much as I can, maybe combine things as much as I can so I end up doing fewer pages and can catch up faster, and then take it from there.
On that note, I did do some scrapbook work on Wednesday, since I didn't have to teach band and had a good chunk of afternoon free time.
I'm thinking it's about time to get some of my ready-to-go "page kits" together again...the next 2 weekends are shot, but then I think I might be due for another henna day. Which would be a perfect prepwork day, since it looks like I'll be hanging out with the two friends whom I traditionally do the big movie-crafty weekends with in May.