Follow Your Dreams

Kiwi Arrow

Follow Your Dreams


If you rub elbows with scrapbookers regularly enough, you will inevitably notice that a lot of them feel like they will never be caught up with their pictures. In fact, you might be one of those people yourself! I know that I am often in the same boat. Personally though, I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing!

My personal rule is that I always scrapbook what interests or excites me at that time. That might sometimes mean working with recent pictures, or with pictures from my past. I do, however, make sure that I print off all of my pictures soon after I take them, (or when the 100 print sales happen) so that i am regularly reminded that they are there, which helps me keep my mind open to potential inspiration about how to scrap them.

For example, I am just getting around to scrapbooking these pictures from over four years ago! Debbie and I drove down to Utah to be on the Good Things Utah, back in 2011. I was looking through my pictures and found them again, and something about my mood, or my mindset, or maybe something that I ate that morning made them click! In any case, I felt Inspired to scrapbook them, and i really enjoyed reliving this memory. It made me think how grateful I am that I got to share that experience with Debbie, who, for those of you who don’t know, is my mother in law. It also reminded me how grateful I am that I am not currently pregnant! 😉

And these feelings and fond memories are the reason that I have made this rule for myself. Not only did I experience a sense of creative fulfillment from designing this layout, but I also was able to bask in the sense of nostalgia that came along with it. This is the unique mix of emotions that scrapbooking brings, which is a huge part of why I love it so much!

So, keep those pictures handy, and wait for Inspiration to strike! If you have a sizable stack of old photos hanging around, that’s ok! They are just warm and wonderful scrapbooking experiences waiting to happen!

Oh, here’s how I made the heart arrow on this page:


  • I used the ½” Strip, Elements 2 & 7 and Tiny Sweetheart 2T.  I laid them out on my layout in the shape of an arrow.
  • Next, I traced and cut each piece out of the paper I was using.
  • Then, using an exacto knife, I cut a small line into the center of my heart for the strip to slide through.Templates for Arrow
  • Kiwi Arrow

If you have had similar experiences scrapbooking old memories, feel free to share in the comments below!

Happy Scrapping!

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  1. Very pretty colors and layout, Susan! Great idea with the arrow 🙂
    (And I like how you posted the picture of the layout with the various templates listed below, very orderly and easy to see what you used, where.)

  2. It is a very adorable layout. I also wait for the picture sàles then I print my pictures and yes I have many in the envelope.