Paperclipping 142 – Scrapbooking with Everyday Items

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It’s All About The Details

12×12 layout
Journaling reads: Trinity – You have great attention to details. You’re afraid of making mistakes. You’re a perfectionist. You’re also extremely independent, so it makes for some interesting situations when I find you trying to do something on your own but you have to come over to me again and again with detail-oriented questions. Today it happened with you making P.B.+J. sandwiches, which you’ve done a hundred times before…

Trinity: Mom! I want to make peanut butter and jelly but this says “jam!” I can’t find any jelly in the fridge.

Mom: That’s what we use because jelly has too much sugar. Sometimes what I buy says “spreadable fruit.” It’s all just used the same way as jelly.

Trinity (you ran out of jam and went to the closet for more but then came back to me, distraught): Mom! This has a totally different word on it that I can’t read and there are CHUNKS in it!

Mom: Yep, honey. This one is the same kind of thing. It’s called, “Preserves.” But it’s all the same. Now relax and go make your sandwich! :)


12×12 pocketed page protector

Journaling reads: It wasn’t until Blake told me how his friends act disgusted by the way we eat (last month) that I realized it could be hard on you kids socially. It’s been over two years now since I decided to eliminate animal-related foods from my diet and cooking and became vegan. Last Auguest Dad decided (on his own, without pressure from me) that he couldn’t eat animals and their by-products anymore, either, which meant your diets became even more vegan than they already were.

Since we don’t force you to be totally vegan and you like my cooking, it didn’t occur to me it could be hard until Blake’s friends acted that way, no matter how good it looked or how often they admit to loving it when they try it. I’m sorry if you get embarrassed and I appreciate that you give us few complaints. I hope you understand that I have to live with integrity. I make this choice for health and love, for the environment, the animals, and for peace.

My 2nd Office

MiniBook I made from coffee cup warmers
Here are most of the pages:

  • Just AWESOME.
    What else could I say? :)

  • toni2

    These were so fun for me to read. My extended family reacts (at times) the way Blake's friends sometimes do. It's frustrating for me, because I know our health is greatly improved and I sooo want my family to share in that blessing. But they don't “get it” and so we move foward, differences and all, as families do. Have you had a yerba mate chocolatte? Mmm, yum. Heard about it on Sara Snow's show (love her!) and had my first cup the other day. It's so delish, like chai but with a light chocolate flavor. Btw, I'm nearly done organizing all my photos “a la Stacy Julian.” One thing I've learned (crystal clear) is that I have waaay too many event photos that, frankly, bore me. I know I'll be looking through my camera differently now, for the memories I TRULY want to preserve. Love some of the unique moments you shared with us in this post, Noell.

  • awesome!!!! love love love the mini!!!! (I keep the starbucks bags too! like them too much to simply recycle in the bin!)

  • karenbierdeman

    I think this is one of my favorite videos from you so far. Scrapbooking with everyday items inspires me to be creative by using what I have, by looking at everyday items in new ways, and it just feels good to reduce, reuse, recycle. Thanks for a good one!

  • Thank you! I'm glad you liked it so much!

  • Well I had to make up for all those flowers in the other one! ;)

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  • lelee17

    LOL! Too funny what Aiden said. That is probably something my boys would say, too. TFS!

  • deanna_munger

    I really love this episode. Using random “found” products is really inspiring! I particularly like the tea bag wrapper pocket and the bread tags! Great ideas.

    Do you watch Chuck? Because thinking of Izzy booking the hotel for you to write for a few days – he's a little “Captain Awesome” in the way he takes care of you! For those who don't watch Chuck, I hope it's obvious that's a compliment :)

  • Oh, you're right, Deanna — he's definitely amazing and I'm so lucky. I
    don't watch Chuck so I don't know the reference, but “Captain Awesome”
    sounds like a good name for Izzy. :)

    Thank you!

  • Peg

    Great episode and I love the mini. It's just a brilliant piece of scrapbooking from the 'products' you used, to the little design features with the tea bag pocket and the tea bag strings and the wonderful way you put your story into it. Outstanding!

  • Thank you, Peg!

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  • Really love this idea! Beautifully executed! xx

  • Really love this idea! Beautifully executed! xx