I first got into blogging because I discovered scrapbook bloggers.  After Dan and I got married and went on our honeymoon, I had all these photos and momentos I wanted to keep, so I got into scrapbooking.  From there, I discovered Ali Edwards and the world of memory keeping bloggers.

Following some ideas from various blogs, I put together a wedding scrapbook and honeymoon scrapbook.  I painstakingly cut photos and stamped and added embellishments.  But I wasn’t happy with the result.  It looked too messy, too jumbled.

I tried putting together other books, art journals, and mini books through out the years.  But I wasn’t ever happy with them.  They weren’t perfect enough.

Oh, brother.

It’s so fun to be me!  I can turn a craft project into a quest for perfection!


Around the same time I was attempting to scrapbook, I attempted to be a domesticated wife.  I tried cooking chicken for the first time (Seriously, I had never touched raw chicken until I was 23-years-old.  I confess to this during the podcast with Amy.) and cooked it to rubber every single time.

I couldn’t follow a recipe all that well.  And I couldn’t follow scrapbooking layouts either.

And when I don’t succeed at something RIGHT AWAY, I give up.

I think it’s totally fine to not be crafty or not cook.  No one is the best at everything.  But a big piece of me would like to try my hand at various creative endeavors outside of writing.  It’s like with fitness.  I was a cardio queen for years, to my detriment.  And now I do all sorts of exercises, which has made me fitter, stronger, and happier.


So, in an attempt to continue breaking free of the strangle hold of perfection, I’ve got some projects to share.  Some creative projects.  Some stuff that – gasp – might not turn out.  I’ll share them anyway.  I’m planning some easy, quick, healthy recipes (Some with no specific recipe – going crazy off the cuff, here!  And some from here.) and some paper crafting ideas (Expanding on those DIY kid’s thank you cards and some ideas from Kal’s brush script class.).

Okay, July, let’s get creative!  Are you working on any creative projects?  I want to hear about it!


Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.

  • Marie

    I’m excited about this! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.