Back after a Christmas break - it's So This Is Scrapbooking day and we're reaching right across the world today to bring you a piece all the way from Argentina. I'm not sure now how I first met up with Paula; but when I discovered she was another scrapbooking librarian I knew we'd have plenty to chat about. She's an international scrapper with an interesting story!
In May 2000 I visited an old school friend in the US who showed me her boy´s scrapbook. “I want to do something like that for my kids”, I said. Back home in Buenos Aires scrapbooking was unheard of, so I searched on line for “scrapbooking + message board”, closed my eyes and pointed at the screen. That´s how I got to choose my first cyberhome. I started scrapbooking (the official version) on April 13th 2001 when I got my first “care package” from the US. I was a scrapbooking Cinderella with many fairy godmothers.
Months went by, I flew 8279km from Buenos Aires (Argentina) to San Antonio, Texas (USA) to attend a CKU, met on line friends in person, kept scrapping, flew 9852km to Torrance, California (USA) for a crop with a bunch of cyberfriends, found UKScrappers in 2004, joined a team, changed teams, got published (in the reader´s gallery of the greatly missed Scrapbook Inspirations, UK), started my blog in September 2005 ( here), won a prize at a scrapbooking site, became team leader, made more friends, got interested in mixed media, kept scrapping, stopped scrapping, scrapbooked again, got some photography & collage published, met even more cool crafters ... and here I am!
Most people don´t notice where I live. A smile is the shortest distance between two people, and the Internet makes that possible even if the two people are on different sides of the continent or have an ocean in between them. So, that´s what scrapbooking is for me.
Thanks for the chance to play along.
Thanks Paula! All that travelling? There's dedication for you. This is Scrapbooking.
Paula lives with her family in Buenos Aires and says she's a storyteller with a camera. She blogs regularly at Happysnappy - it's the place to go if you want to get organised!
I'll be back over the weekend with an experiment for you...can you make a page in twenty minutes?