I'm not sure of Dr. Seuss's ethnicity, but celebrating his birthday is a tradition around our house. This year, we didn't have our tradtional green eggs and ham breakfast, but Leah did read a round of his books for us.
I was interviewed by one of our local newspapers about scrapbooking, because the reporter found me to be one of the "odd-ball" vendors at an African American Festival recently.
Here's the link to the News Article. I'm not sure how long it will be posted, so check it out, if you have any questions, please post them in the comment section below and I'll do my best to answer them.
Ahhhh...I met a girl after my own heart. I had the pleasure of meeting Tia Bennett and blessing her with a copy of my book to encourage her to keep creating classes like, "Message in a Matryoshka" that I took this weekend at ScrapBowl in Chantilly, VA.
Tia's class is inspired and based on a Russian nesting doll. It's all bout connecting to another culture. Instead of creating this mini album about those who nest within me, I decided to make it about me and the multiple layers of who I am.
Tia feels my pain in trying to reach the masses and break out of the box and take a different spin on this whole scrapbooking thing. I think my book will inspire her to keep creating Ethnic Scrapbooking projects and know that there will be much good to come of it. It might not be the trend today...but it will be.
Here's a bit of history behind some of the layouts in Ethnic Scrapbooking. You will find this layout on page 86 of the book and one I'm sure many can relate too.
I'm just back from a mini-excursion to New York City where I got a huge dose of cultural diversity, but this trip was a bit different because I was with my globe-trekking sister, this was our first time experiencing Manhattan together.
The bit of history/trivia about this layout is that those are actual bottle caps on the bottom of the page (which makes it very heavy and lumpy) which is not a good thing for scrapbooks, so use them very sparingly. When my husband saw me making this page, he finally said, "Well, you've got entirely too much scrapbooking stuff!" To which I replied, "Just like that entire garage full of stuff you have!"
I use a quote about perspective in the front of my book, because that's the frame of mind I want you to have as you read through the pages. My hope is that you open your mind and see things from a different perspective.
Here's one of those dreaded e-mail forwards that I receive and it sums up the way I want my children to see life, especially when they are experiencing and embracing a new culture.
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the
country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be
considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father
asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a
pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that
has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at
night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go
beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our
food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect
us, they have friends to protect them."The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are."
Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if
we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we
“Children benefit from identifying with a cultural group.From this base they can feel a connection to others beyond their immediate family, and from the past to the future.Cross-cultural connections are good for them too.In our shrinking global village, we can help children to respect and enjoy cultural diversity.”
I really struggle to find time to do leisure reading, but while waiting in the Pediatrician’s office the other day I found a really inspiring article in a local magazine, Chesapeake Family.I thought yes, this lady really get’s it…this is exactly what I convey in Ethnic Scrapbooking. Please take a moment to read the Chesapeake Family article.
Imagine my delight when Leah comes bouncing out of CHildren's church last week telling me about a man who spoke to them about Africa. When I asked her which country she didn't know, but when I asked was it Mozambique, she was shocked that I knew. I told her I was not psychic, but I saw a display in the lobby...an educated guess.
When the kids raced over to the display table, my heart skipped a beat...there was a Creative Memories album full of pictures from Africa using the Textile line I took part in designing!!! This was the first time I'd seen it used EXACTLY the way I had in mind. This missionary couple, Joel & Adrienne Charest must have thought I was crazy...I don't think I've ever been so happy in my life...it gave me the encouragement I needed to sprint to the finish line with my book.
Please take the time to visit the couple's website Charest.ministryhome.org and send them a donation (Account #2635852).