Tasra is the author of the book, Real Women Scrap. We love Tasra’s blog, Real Women Scrap TV, which is a series of interesting and informative webisodes you can watch for free. We were able to ask Tasra some questions this month. Her answers are sure to inspire!
Tasra, Can you tell us a little about your book “Real Women Scrap”?
The idea for Real Women Scrap was born out of a time when I was out of balance and felt like I was losing control of my life and myself. Back in 2002 I was a single mom planning a wedding, moving out of state, beginning a new job, and trying to keep it all together. It was a late night visit to the emergency room for mysterious (stress-related) stomach pain that started the adventure I am currently living.
With doctor’s orders to rest for two weeks, God finally had my undivided attention and I began to reconnect with myself, my family, and my faith. Most of the time I was too busy filling my life with noise, distraction, and stuff, but not anymore. Those two weeks were a time of refreshing, reconnecting and creativity. I began scrapbooking again and found that the lessons I applied to make award-winning pages were the same lessons I should be applying to my busy life. Learning and applying the lessons of balance, focus, symmetry, boundaries, comparison, sisterhood, and more allowed me to quit a stressful job and begin taking care of myself at least as well as I take care of everyone else.
The same can happen to any woman because that’s what Real Women Scrap is all about.
What are some of the life lessons that scrapbooking has taught you?
One of my favorite lessons is about focus. It’s something I’ve learned more about through scrapbooking and photography than anywhere else in my life. Focus is critical to good photos, pages, and a happy life. Without the right focus, things could still look good, but there always seems to be something a bit off. When we focus on the important and what has a lasting impact, it’s so much easier to let go of other things that don’t support that vision.
Are you a paper scrapper, a digital scrapper or both?
Definitely both. I started completely addicted to paper only. I still love the look, feel, and even smell of paper products. I think getting in and using your hands with the real products has a different affect than digital. But in recent years, and as I take more photos, I had to turn to other forms of scrapbooking to keep up.
Now I blend the two together or do them separately based on the photos I have to work with and the mood I’m in. There are definitely some projects that lend themselves to one or the other, but generally it’s more of a personal decision in the moment.
Can you share a favorite scrapping tip with our Faith Sisters?
A favorite scrapping tip? Hmmm. There are so many practical ones about scrapbooking like making sure you store and organize your photos, put protectors on your pages, and don’t go shopping without a list. But I think a key tip I would like to share is the importance of expanding your definition of scrapbooking and giving yourself space to be who you are and where you are.
Too many women struggle with feelings of guilt, comparison or envy when it comes to their photos, their supplies, their workspaces, and their pages. It’s not about that at all and if we let ourselves fall prey to the temptation to compare, we lose the value and joy in what we are creating.
How do you find time for your scrapbooking hobby?
Finding time is a challenge. When I speak to women’s groups and at conventions, I always say that you can’t find time, you have to make it. Everyone’s situation is different so it will show up in different ways.
My husband and I sat down and worked out a daily schedule where we each have downtime during the week and a longer time during the weekend to do whatever refreshes each of us. It’s our discretionary time and that’s when I find time to scrapbook.
What is your favorite scripture verse?
I don’t have one favorite verse… I have many. But my favorite book of the Bible is Isaiah. Most people laugh when I tell them that because it’s not a typical favorite book. But when I was a single mom, I connected to the writing and the chapters about barrenness, isolation, restoration, and redemption. God was faithful and brought that restoration and redemption that I prayed for too!
What is your favorite Christian Song?
Right now my favorite song is “Just Showed Up for My Own Life” by Sara Groves. I attended a Breakthrough training with ACCD (Association for Christian Character Development) in December. It was an amazing and life-changing experience. The song by Sara Groves was the one they chose to represent my life so it is very meaningful to me right now.
Thanks for having me here. It’s been fun talking about Real Women Scrap and scrapbooking. Makes me want to pull out my stuff and get to work!
Tasra has been so nice enough to offer a signed copy of her book to one blessed individual! To enter, please post a thought here on this blog post about what Tasra had to say and we will randomly choose a winner!