Then I started to pull all of the items I'd been saving up for my New York album and put them all in one spot. I figured since my photos should be here fairly soon (I ordered them online earlier this week) I should get everything ready for inspiration to strike! :)
One thing led to another and I ended up sorting through my entire paper stash, something I hadn't done in a while. Gah - where did some of this stuff come from?!? I swear I must have had an out of body experience when this paper was purchased. Some of it is uuuuuuugly! The funny thing is, I actually remember buying it and thinking it was cute! But as I started to look back, some of this stuff was over 10 years old!! I bought it before I started working at Scrapbook Garden, right after I met Jeremy and started scrapbooking. So I guess styles in other areas have changed in that time...if you looked at clothing and hair ads from 1999 they look a lot different than they would now. (I know I looked a lot different 10 years ago...I was a hot li'l blonde. Some things haven't improved. *hehe*)
Clearing out that old, uninspiring paper was really liberating. I then pulled out my idea binder that weighs about 15 lbs. I've been snipping ideas from magazines and printing them from the internet for probably about 6 years now...and trust me some of them were looking pretty dated as well. So I tore out all of the ideas that felt old and tired...or the ones that I just didn't like that much anymore. And I added in the ones from the stack of magazines that have been sitting neglected for a few months.
It left me feeling excited about scrapbooking again! Let's face it, I haven't been exactly inspired lately. But it's a new year!! And I have some amazing pictures to scrapbook and the only paper left in my scrapbook room is paper I LOVE! So what's not to be inspired about? :)