Papercrafting in Twenty! Scrapbooking & Quick Memory Keeping
We’re sharing ideas for papercrafting – create in 20 minutes or less!
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Then you’ll soon be papercrafting!
We’re sharing project tutorials, tips and tricks that enable you to create in just 20 minutes…or less!
Each month (more often when possible) we’ll share ideas for papercrafting – starting with a look at our finished project and followed by step-by-step instructions so you can make them yourself! We’ll also share tips and tricks to help you make quick work of creating.
What kinds of projects will we be sharing?
Papercrafting ideas galore including, but not limited to:
- Home Decor Projects
- Mixed Media
- Art Journaling
- Paper Folding
- Paper Cutting
- Paper Sculpture
- Paper Making
- Book Binding
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Rather than a project, this week I’m sharing a Papercrafting in Twenty memory keeping tip…
What do you see when you look at this image?
Most observers will likely be focused on the gentleman and little ladies standing at the ordering window of this popcorn and carmelcorn stand, right?
And, these same observers might be thinking about a fond memory they have of being out with their dad or grandfather, getting a treat at a local favorite spot.
And, they might even notice the car and home in the background – maybe the home looks just like where they grew up or the car reminds them of their first car.
But, what most observers wouldn’t likely focus on or find interesting are those louvered glass window slats on the left…the first thing that caught my attention!
O.K., I’m sure you’re wondering why on earth those slats of glass would capture my attention, right?
Well, they caught my attention because they immediately transported me back to a strong childhood memory, one that I feel the need to document.
From the time I was born until I was almost 12, we lived in military housing. And in our last housing unit, the window shown above was the type of window we had in the front of our house.
One day I came home from school and attempted to get in the house only to find that I had forgotten my house key. Bad news!
It would be several hours before my parents would be home and I needed to get in the house and do my chores before I could go out and play with my friends.
Well, you can imagine the thoughts going through my head, including how on earth I was going to get in the house without a house key!
My solution? I would slide out the glass slats and crawl through the window!
Yeah, I was clever like that. 😉
So, one by one I slid out the pieces of glass, and then I crawled through the window.
Then, I unlocked the door and went outside to pick up the glass slats so I could put them back in place (full disclosure: so no one would be the wiser!).
I slid the glass pieces back in place, one by one, until oops – the last glass slat got stuck, slipped out of my hand and shattered as it made contact with the concrete outside.
I knew I was going to be in trouble – there was no way to hide the fact that one of the glass slats was broken and now missing.
How on earth was I going to explain this to my Mom?
I decided to just tell her what happened – that I had forgotten my key and was trying to get in the house to do my chores before I went out to play.
Surely she would understand and commend me for my creative solution for getting in the house, and for being responsible about doing my chores before going out to play.
Uh, no. That’s so not what happened!
She scolded me for being forgetful and told me I would have to pay for the replacement of the glass slat by giving up my allowance until I had paid for it.
Man, is that a crystal-clear memory!
I recall exactly where we were standing when the horrible news was delivered and how unfair I thought my Mom was being.
After all, I had solved a difficult problem and it was just a slat of glass, right?
The funny thing is I bet my Mom wouldn’t even remember this event, but it is still so vivid for me!
Of course, I would likely have responded just like my Mom did had one of my kids done this same thing.
Ah, one more childhood memory documented.
But this isn’t just about a childhood lesson learned, this is a chapter in the story of who I am, of who my parents raised me to be – a resourceful, creative problem-solver.
And, it’s a reminder to document the ways in which I’m like my parents, and the ways in which we differ.
What events from your childhood tell your story, the story of who YOU are?
We’d love to hear them!
And now for this month’s Papercrafting in Twenty tip…
You don’t need to have a photo of a memory in order to document it.
When something prompts a memory, capture it and tell the story!
How many times have you visited a place and recalled something from a different place, or time?
How many times have you tasted a food, smelled a scent, or heard something (a noise, a song, a voice) and been immediately transported to a memory locked deep in your memory banks?
Before that memory slips away again, document it by taking a photo of something related to it and/or simply jot down the story…it just takes a few minutes, usually less than 20!
Well what do you think?
Do YOU have a favorite (or not-so-favorite) memory
that deserves to be documented?
Take a few minutes and make it happen –
future generations will thank you!
And if you care to, share it with us –
we’d love to hear all about it!
We hope you find this Papercrafting in Twenty quick memory keeping tip helpful and invite you to share your own.
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