My love for scrapbooking dates back to when I was a
kid. I remember looking at the baby
album my mom made for me. It was
basically an album with a lot of a journaling and a few photos. There were lists of the people who attended
my mom’s baby shower, lists of the gifts received, notes on first birthdays,
words, Christmas and even an envelope for my 1st baby haircut! When I read all of the journaling done by my
mom — about me — I felt so very special.
It gave me a sense of place and belonging.
As I grew up I always enjoyed crafting, I was never really
an artist – far from it! In high school
I was affectionately known by many of the football players as the poster-making
cheerleader – I would make so many signs to show my school and team
spirit. I also got to dabble in
photography and page layouts as the yearbook editor my senior year of high
bit. I did, however, manage to get most
of my college photos in albums for different events, birthday parties and
challenging times of my life – I became known as the Martha Stewart among my
friends. I would make holiday goodie
bags and drop them off in the school mailboxes for my friends. I would use cute bags and fill them with
candies and homemade cookies (amazingly, my baking skills took off during law
school). It was in sense a coping
mechanism, it was my way of entertaining, celebrating and bringing levity in
the midst of a serious time.
to become a scrapbooker … I would buy
stickers, albums, pens, and how to books on fonts. I definitely wanted to pursue this hobby, but
I lacked a few things:
Basic Scrapbook Supplies (tape runner, paper
And knowing just where to begin with my photos.
a law firm in Southern California.
Professionally speaking – I was on the cusp of meeting the single
biggest goal of my life – to pass the California Bar Exam. Well, this did not play out exactly as I
anticipated … Day one of the Bar Exam
(July 2002) came after a completely sleepless night, the morning of the exam I
am literally bawling to my dad on the phone that “I’m not going to pass”, and here’s the
ticker — when I get to the exam an “old flame” greets me (and he’s NOT surprised
to see me there, he knew I would be there) and is seated in the same row I
was. Needless to say, I was off my game
— I did not pass.
returned to the Bar Exam (February 2003) after 2 long months of studying and
working with a private tutor. I would be
damned not to pass the test this time!
So, on May 24, 2003 I found out as I was driving to be a bridesmaid in
my best friend’s wedding – I PASSED THE BAR EXAM!!! WOO HOO!!!
More than anything from this test, I learned that it was about self
confidence, stamina, massive memorization skills, stamina (yes, I said it
twice) and knowing how to take “the test”.
I am so glad that I figured it out on the second time around.
her scrapbook albums to her ultimate professional accomplishment – how do these
relate to each other? Well, for me it
all boiled down to self esteem and believing in myself. The confidence I initially gained as a child –
knowing that I was loved and had a family that only wants the best for me was
what I needed to carry me through this difficult time.
were quite demanding … I still didn’t
seem to have the time I needed to pursue my scrapbooking. I began attending a monthly scrapbook evening
with my friend and I soon knew what materials I needed to make a
scrapbook! The scrapbook evening soon
became scrapbook parties are my house, and at that point all of my friends were
encouraging me to become a Creative Memories consultant. So, finally I made the commitment to become a
quite sure where it will lead — but I find that exciting. Scrapbooking now means sharing my expertise
with others, organizing events that provide the “time” block necessary to get
to scrapbooking, and being hired to do custom scrapbooks for others who are not so creatively
scrapbook project or attending one of my events, please contact me.
events host and can be hired for custom scrapbook projects. She is also a lawyer and lives in Riverside,
California. Her favorite scrapbook
subject is her almost 1 year old baby nephew.