Every year for Thanksgiving, I go to my grandparent's house to eat. My cousin's wife is always there taking lots of pictures. Sometimes I think she's worse than me. Two years ago we started talking about all of the pictures she takes. I was telling her that I take so many because I like to have plenty of shots so that I make sure I get a good one so I can scrap it. I assumed she must be doing the same thing since she took as many as I did, if not more. She said she didn't scrap, she just liked taking lots of pictures. I told her she should consider scrapping. I told her that it's a fun way to preserve her pictures & memories of when they were taken. She said she would love to, but she wasn't the least bit creative. I told her that I wasn't either, until I started scrapping. I told her to give me a call or stop by sometime & I'd be happy to show her a few things. I didn't expect to hear anything from her about it, but to my surprise she called me a couple of months later. She said she had been thinking about what I said & she was really interested in learning how to scrap. I offered to give her a few pointers over the phone, but she didn't think she'd be able to fully understand what I was talking about unless I showed her in person. I told her to go through her pics and choose a few that she would like to scrap. She said she had a bunch of Christmas pics she had just printed & that she would like to start there. I told her to bring the pics over to my house & I'd be glad to help her. I told her I had all of the supplies she would need, but she was welcome to buy some of her own if she saw anything she wanted. I told her to buy pretty much the same things I've told all new scrappers were the essentials (paper trimmer, patterned paper
, cardstock, adhesive, alphas & any embellishments that catch their eye.) We set up a day & time for her to come by so I could show her a few things. When she came over, she brought a Christmas scrap pack she had bought. It had cardstock, paper, alphas, & a few stickers. I told her I usually like to try to match the paper I use to the colors in the photos. We picked out a couple of pics of my cousin opening some of the Christmas presents she had bought him. Then I helped her pick some cardstock & paper that went well with her pics. I told her that I liked to mat most of my photos & showed her how to do it. I showed her some different ways to lay out her paper on the page. I showed her how to cut, tear, & burn paper to put on her LO. We got the paper on the LO like she wanted, then put the pics on it, & then came up with a cute title for it. We had so much fun scrapping together. She was able to see that it doesn't take much creativity to make really cute pages. She just needed to learn a few techniques.