Spring Into Scrapbooking

The weather in my neck of the woods has been downright sizzling.

Mother Nature’s hot flashes have triggered 80-degree temperatures in mid-March, which in northern Wisconsin is unheard of.

The historic weather is something I plan to record in my scrapbook, only we’ve pretty much bypassed spring and shot straight into summer, so I will have to make adjustments accordingly.

For starters I want to create layouts with light and bright paper that scream seasonal bliss. Rather than stick with standard cardstock or flat paper, I’m considering going a bit fancy with foil paper or glitter paper. I also recently experimented with thermography paper and would like to incorporate a few pages into my memory book as well. Stitched and die-cut paper are other options, as is shimmer paper, which would coordinate well with some of the photos I snapped of my daughter running through the sprinkler as the mercury hit 83 degrees on March 18th.

While it may feel like summer outside, I want to pepper my page designs with spring-related quotes, such as:

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.” – Zen saying

“On the landscape of Spring, there is neither better nor worse. The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some short.” – Alan Watts

“Spring is a heart full of hope and a shoe full of rain.” – Unknown

“Spring is full of sweet days and roses.” – George Herbert

“Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.” – Chinese Proverb

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” – Doug Larson

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” – Virgil A. Kraft

“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” – Reginald Heber

“Spring would not be spring without bird songs.” – Francis M. Chapman

I’m going to place the famous sayings near the photos I took, and then share some anecdotes about how spring morphed into summer overnight in a journaling block. This historical meteorological moment is something I want to document and I couldn’t think of a better place than a scrapbook to do so.

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Michele Cheplic

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.