9.9.11

Are you a scrapbooker? Good at collecting all those little mementos: ticket stubs and photos and pieces that define your life?

I'm not. I'm actully terrible at it. Having digital photos, and online photo albums was possible the single best invention of my life, because I can finally have some semblance of rhyme and reason to my pictures.

When I first started out in publishing, I saved EVERTHING. If it had my name on it, I saved it. But I never organized any of it, so it simply grew into yet another unmanageable pile of magazines and newspapers and photos and clippings that ultimately got stashed in a storage footstool.

In the back of my mind, I told myself I'd sit down one day, cut everything out, put it in a scrapbook, and have it as a keepsake.

And the pile grew larger. Years passed. I couldn't put the top on the footstool anymore, so I started offloading into plastic bins. THAT'S when I knew I needed to do something. But my time is short enough right now. I couldn't do it myself.

I needed a professional.

I told Randy that I wanted to hire a professional scrapbooker, and he had a solution. He'd seen Project Girl on Facebook, and suggested I give her a call.

I did just that. Project Girl came to the house, saw the mess that was my stuff, showed huge enthusiasm for the project, set me a task of culling the piles into 6, one for each book. I followed her instructions, she retrieved said stuff, and with a whip of her hair and what I think must be a magic wand, she produced three incredible scrapbooks.

She brought them by Wednesday. Here is a small sample of what they look like - but let me assure you, the pictures don't do them justice. It made me cry, actually, seeing all of these moments in one place. When I'm old and gray, I'll be able to flip open those pages and be transported back in time to the beginning of my writing career. Trust me, that is a Good Thing.

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