I really own a lot of books.
I am picky.
I am partial to the Autumn Leaves books.
I still look through Ali's first book and refer to it.
I am trying to cut back.
I didn't need another book.
I got my copy of this a few days ago.
I read it cover to cover.
I stopped mid way and got a pen so I could underline.
I am a reader of many things....but not usually text when there are pretty lo's to look at.
Authentic is really the best way I can describe Ali's lo's, the book and her.
And I don't even know her.
We met for like a minute at Memory Trends.
She is tall and has a deeper voice than I was expecting.
(I was SO proud of myself for not blurting that out when we met.
I do that.
Blurt out the wierdest things when I meet someone.
Just another reason for me to practice the art of being quiet more often.)
One of the things that totally smacked me in the face was this:
I CAN scrap something meaningful to me each day.
And if not each day, more often than I think I can.
I tend to save up ideas and photos for the right moment when I can remember all the details or have all the memorabilia from the trip. I want to get it right. Ya know?
Why am I concerned about getting it right more than getting it recorded?
I realized I do when when I saw a "day in the life" page she did for Simon.
There were like 3 from different time frames in the book.
I love this idea.
However, I know me.
I know what I would do.
I would wait for a special day...or at least a really interesting or organized day with matching outfits.
And I would want to record that instead of just capturing the messy and often mismatched days that are my life.
I wouldn't have thought about using the idea more than once.
Ok, that isn't what the whole book is about.
But that was my....what am I waiting for?!....moment.
It is also full of super ideas, tons of lo's and plenty of text that i found to be completely underline-able.
I am reading back over this.
It isn't as well written as I wanted.
(we all have chest colds here...not that lung capacity and writing ability are directly linked....but still)
But my point: as someone who owns a lot of books, this is a great book to get.
I'm just saying...you may want to start hinting now.
Oh, and I stole this photo from Ali's blog.