Part of my love for scrapbooking comes from the idea that I get to share bits and pieces of who I am with my family. It is my hope that my children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren will have the opportunity to see my scrapbooks, grasp my great love for them, and get to know me in more intimate ways. I might not always be around to tell the stories myself!
Because of this desire, I am always looking for ways to be inspired to share things about my life. I have found that blog memes are a great way to get the wheels of my mind spinning. I wrote about one blog meme I love called For Today. It’s one I still love because it gives a little bit of a snapshot of TODAY.
Around the web you can find all sorts of other memes that often translate well into a scrapbook layout. For instance, I found this great set of travel questions that I thought would be fun to answer:
How old were you when you first travelled?
I’ve been traveling since I was little. My parents have always loved to drive and they made showing us other parts of country a priority.
What is your favorite form of traveling: car, bus, train, or plane?
It depends on where I am. Road trips in America are fun and fairly painless. In India and Indonesia I love to take the train! And I have to love planes because they have taken me to India, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Netherlands, and Cambodia.
Where did you go on your first road trip?
I have no idea. Most likely it was in the Carolinas to visit family. Once we lived in Michigan, though, we took a lot of trips: to Florida, New England, a number of trips back home to North Carolina, and a three week trip out west.
Where did you go on your first bus ride?
I think that the first time I ever took a bus as a means of getting from one city to another (rather than just to school) was when I was in India. I spent eight weeks traveling by bus for up to three hours a day. It gave me a lot of time to think and read!
Where did you go on your first train ride?
If I remember correctly, my first train ride was when I was in college. After first semester I went to spend a few days with my friend in Chicago. I then took the train home to Michigan.
Where did you go on your first plane ride?
I believe my first plane ride was when I was six and we were moving from North Carolina to Michigan. It’s hard to believe that now I have probably been on over a hundred flights, the longest of which was 17 hours!
Nope, don’t get sick.
Where would you like to go that you haven’t been?
Everywhere. Kenya. London. Papua New Guinea. Costa Rica. There are few places that I would turn down an opportunity to see.
Where would you like to go back to?
I always want to go back to India. I can’t wait until our kids are old enough and we can recreate the seven week trip through North India that we went on over our first anniversary. The three day camel trek in the desert was amazing!
Traveling alone or with someone?
With someone! As an introvert, I really love being alone. But for traveling, I like to have someone to keep me company and to help me figure out new places.
Your ultimate traveling dream?
I want to take a trip around the world. Round the world tickets are actually not that expensive and since we know people all over the world, we would always have places to see and people to visit. Some day!
It only took my about five minutes to answer the questions. I didn’t think long and hard about them, but rather, just wrote the first thing that came to mind. Once I was finished, I copied and pasted the whole thing onto a layout. For about 15 minutes of effort, I now have a a layout that gives a little peak into a huge part of my life!
(Page was made using Great Outdoors: Adventure by Kristin Cronin Barrow at Sweet Shoppe Designs.)
One of my favorite places to get inspired is called Saturday Six. Every week the writer asks six questions. Sometimes these are silly, sometimes serious, sometimes in a theme, and sometimes random. He has over 500 weeks worth of questions so you are bound to find something interesting!
Here are a few that I want to do soon:
1. What did you like least about kindergarten?
2. What did you dread in elementary school?
3. What did you like least about middle school or junior high?
4. What were you most self-conscious about in high school?
5. What single grade or year of school was your favorite and why?
6. Think of the person from school you’ve known the longest and that you still keep in touch with: how long have you two known each other?
1. How often do you wake up before your alarm clock goes off?
2. On an average morning, how many times do you press the snooze button on your alarm clock?
3. How many different alarm clocks do you use to make yourself wake up?
4. What activity do you spend the most amount of time on in a normal weekday?
5. What do you normally spend more time doing: eating, driving, using a computer or watching television?
6. If you could have an extra day of the week, how would you most likely spend it?
A LITTLE DEEPER
1. Think of the thing you fear the most that has stopped you from doing something you’ve wanted to do. Without revealing the fear or the action it is stopping, how long have you allowed that fear to get in your way?
2. Of the people who’ve had the greatest impact on your life, which one would you most like to have the greatest impact on?
3. If you didn’t know how old you truly were and someone asked your age, based on how you feel about yourself and society itself, how old would you think you were?
4. A quote attributed to Bruce Lee tells us we should “Be happy, but never satisfied.” Are you often more happy or more satisfied?
5. If you had a close friend who spoke to you with the same intensity and criticism you used when speaking to yourself, would you want that friend to stay in your life?
6. You are invited to speak at a graduation ceremony and give advice to the students, but you are told that because of the sheer number of graduates, you’ll only have 30 seconds to speak. What important advice will you the graduates in those 30 seconds?
1. You want a nice sit-down dinner you know you’ll enjoy at a restaurant and you’re alone: which local restaurant are you likely to choose?
2. Which dish are you most likely to order and why?
3. Now you have the chance to entertain someone visiting from out of town: which restaurant are you likely to choose and why?
4. Which dish from a restaurant have you most diligently tried to duplicate in your own kitchen?
5. How close have you come to matching the flavors of restaurant chefs you’ve tried to emulate?
6. What’s your favorite drink — it can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic — to have with a nice dinner?
So how about it? Have you ever used a meme and turned it into a layout? Do you like the idea of being a bit introspective on your pages?