I have to admit something. I was not all that excited to see the movie "Up" when it first came out. It is Disney-Pixar so I knew it would be cute, but I didn't go into it thinking that it was going to be the best thing ever. I was very very wrong. I started bawling in the first ten minutes, and it instantly became one of my all time favorite movies. A few weeks later when I joined a new bank in Florida I got a plastic jar with a"Paradise Falls" sticker on it. I started saving up my change for my next big adventure just like Carl and Ellie did. At the time I had nothing in mind to save for, but every day I would empty my change into it. That all changed pretty quickly though. Soon my "Paradise Falls" fund became my moving to New York fund, and I slowly continued to add to it. When I knew what my grand adventure was going to be I decided that I was going to need an adventure book to document the little adventures in life. I wanted it to be just like Ellie's
Unfortunately at the time no one made anything like this, and when they did they were very expensive and not exactly what I wanted. That didn't stop me from begging for it as a present for my birthday, and our anniversary, and Christmas. But after over a year of dropping hints, and some not so subtle asking, did I own an adventure book? No.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands. I looked at all the adventure books that were offered online, and figured out what I liked about each, and what I could go without. In the end I realized that maybe I never really liked any of them because they weren't really mine. They were just replicas of Ellie's, and I am not Ellie. I a
m Deirdre. So I decided to buy/make my own.I knew that I wanted it to be 8 1/2X
11 because I am not a big fan of squares, but no one sells landscape scrapbooks anymore. I settled for a portrait scrapbook from Michaels that I got on sale for 40% off, which made it 4.99. I was a big fan of that price. And after a little bit of work, and a lot of help from my moms magical cutting machine I made a title that fit me.
I wanted to fit an "Up" reference in there somewhere though so I filled the title page with balloons. I think it turned out pretty well. Maybe
I have the craft gene after all. I also finished a map page so we can track where we have been and where we want to go, and two pages for the inside. I haven't decided if I am going to write anything on them yet, but I can always do that later.