Scrapping Everything

How much is too much when it comes to scrapbooking?

I know a dear lady, who, bless her heart, has made layouts that include staples in her pantry and refrigerator. She thought it would be a fun idea to take photos of her family’s favorite snacks and other treats, and then journal about each. Her layout also included sample shopping lists, receipts to show how much she spent or saved (depending on the number of coupons she used during a particular trip to the market) and notes about special meals that were made with the ingredients she had in her refrigerator.

She turned a mundane chore of restocking her pantry into an actual scrapbook layout. I give the woman credit because I don’t even have time to fill my pantry on a regular basis, let alone design scrapbook pages detailing the items that fill my shelves.

Still, what is original to one person may be tedious and time-consuming to another. What’s more, the idea to scrap the contents of your pantry and refrigerator may be a huge turnoff for some scrappers. In the case of the aforementioned woman she included the pantry page as part of a large scrapbook about her home. She also designed a few pages on her family’s favorite meals (complete with photos and stickers of the dishes’ ingredients) and a number of firsts, such as:

*The first meal she made in her new house

*The first cake her daughter baked solo

*The first time her husband fried a turkey for Thanksgiving

*The first time she used her new Kitchen Aid standing mixer

She also made a page of cooking disasters, which I think was the highlight of her memory book. She had a bunch of really funny ones, such as the bread that didn’t rise and the chicken that was burnt to a crisp.

Sound like too much? I wouldn’t be able to scrap as much as she does unless I was rich and retired, but I appreciate her creativity.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.