Tuesday, July 10, 2007

What's In a Name....

First, Big Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Erin for getting me started. I suppose I should explain how I choose the blog name: Paper Prozac. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid papercrafter. I love scrapbooking, making cards and just about anything involving stamping and paper!


My love of papercrafting started about 10 years ago. I started hoarding scrapbooking supplies when my first daughter was born. But I didn't actually start scrapbooking until my second daughter was born 3 years later. I remember visiting my friend Becky's house and seeing her iris cart full of rubber stamps, embossing powders, ink pads and such and thinking to myself, "Now that is just ridiculous!" Well...

She invited me to a D.O.T.S. party (now Close To My Heart) and I decided to order a few post bound scrapbooking albums. I ordered so much scrapbooking stuff that I earned a free stamp set. Well, the rest is history! I got those stamps in my hand and I was hooked! I have been stamping ever since... and ridiculous? Well, I am sure there are more than a few that have thought that when they see my scrapbook room! I am BEYOND ridiculous at this point!


I went to my first Close To My Heart party (D.O.T.S.) right after having my second daughter. I think she was about 2 months old. And like any other mother of a newborn, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. I had a touch of the baby blues and felt like I did nothing all day but take care of kids and the house. When I started scrapbooking and stamping, I felt a lift to my spirits. I found something to call my own and to this day I always feel like the creative process gives me a boost. So for me it was like prozac. I always looked forward to my scrapbooking time as a time to unwind, relax, rejuvinate, and to just boost my spirits! It was and continues to be my "happy pill."


I have developed my papercrafting and scrapbooking skills over the years through the generosity of others who have shared ideas, taught classes and made me feel like I could do what they were doing. I have learned so much! I've had the chance to teach papercrafting and scrapbooking classes over the years and love doing that! So I hope to make this blog a place where I can share my ideas and pass on things I have learned from others. I am at a point in my papercrafting where I love to challenge myself by creating items for submissions to magazines and contests. I also love to just challenge myself to think outside of the box and to look at my tools and supplies in a different way. So I hope this blog can become a place where I pass on things I have learned from others and share my ideas. Specifically, I hope that my blog helps those who, like me, use papercrafting, scrapbooking and stamping as a way to lift their spirits. I hope that my blog becomes a springboard to exploring your own personal creativity. I hope that you all leave this blog feeling like YOU are creative!