"Around the last days of the year, we reflect back on the days behind us. After smiling during the good times and learning from the bad times, we make our New Year’s resolutions with hopeful hearts for the best year yet. With the stresses of school, work and life, it’s sometimes hard to stick to those goals.
Take up a fun hobby; something that you love to do. Scrapbooking, learning an instrument, model making or anything that you enjoy, make it your hobby. Find what speaks to you. Hobbies are a good way to pass time when things get stressful in your life."
Scrapbooking is a crafty way to document or preserve memories. It allows self-expression and nostalgic enjoyment, which makes it such a worthwhile hobby. Nifty scrapbook stores online get you covered with a variety of basic scrapbook materials, and your creative side takes care of the rest.
To get started, you have to think of the theme of your scrapbook. It could be special occasions or events like travel, concerts, holidays or dates. It could be a collection of the highlights of your calendar or school year, or even an extensive 365-page album for each day of the year. You could focus on your personal experiences, a special person like your partner or a certain set of people like your family and friends.
Next, you have to plan the timeline of your scrapbook. You can plan a chronological scrapbook and start from the earliest event going to the most recent. This allows you to add pages as you go along. You can also create one with past memories, where the finished product can be given as a gift or be viewed like an album.
Lastly, assemble your materials. Organize your photos and mementos according to your theme and timeline. Visiting online scrapbooking stores like AllScrapbookSteals.com allows you to get all the essential or basic materials like the glues, papers, albums and embellishments. Look back on the colorful moments of your life and you'll surely “put yourself back in a good state of mind.”
(Article Information and Image from 10 steps to a better semester, The University Daily Kansan, Jan. 20, 2014)