Thursday, March 30, 2006

One of the songs that I listen to full blast while driving (just a tad above the speed limit) on my way to and from Springfield, Missouri has been elevated from just a favorite to my personal anthem.

REO Speedwagon's "Roll with the Changes" perfectly describes how Scrapbook Generation fits in my life.

" if you're tired of the
Same old story
Turn some pages
I'll be here when you are ready
To roll with the changes..."

After 32 years as a journalism teacher, public relations director, and school administrator, I retired, but continued working for the same school district part-time. My life was set. Work two and a half days a week, 36 weeks a year. The rest of the time, be home scrapbooking.

After years of being a person driving to achieve multiple goals, I had only one. Enjoy leisure time.

Then an event beyond my control happened, and I realized I was "tired of the same old story." If anyone was ever ready to "turn some pages," it was me.

When I discovered that my sister Karin was also ready to turn some pages in her life, we quickly called a family meeting with my daughters Stacey and Allison. Within a week, the four of us were sitting down at Cheddars, looking through folders of information I had gathered. There on the spot, two sets of sisters agreed to cooperate, and Scrapbook Generation was born at a table loaded with baked potato soup, chicken strips, Diet Coke, and high hopes.

Today's excitement at Scrapbook Generation:
This has been a big week for new arrivals.
-- 3 Bugs in a Rug: bright new papers, cardstock stickers, and monograms;
-- Mara Mi: about 40 new papers in coordinating groupings of pink, coral, purple, blue, and green;
-- Paper Salon: yellow, orange, and green collection of papers
-- SEI: Winnie's Wall papers, rubons, and ribbons in peaches, corals, yellows, and green; plus new styles of their great "albums in a box" and "albums in a bag";
-- KI Memories: a new calendar type collection of papers, stickers, and epoxy accents
-- Scenic Route Paper Company: new navy and red papers
-- Pebbles: a cute pastel Easter collection of papers and stickers and market tags;
-- Scrapping' Sports and More: full-color sports rubons;
-- Paper House: destination cardstock stickers (even Tuscany!).