Happiness Project Blog Hop | Pay Attention

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop, brought to you by Scrapworthy Lives!

This month, we are focusing on paying attention. In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Ruben talks about several ways we can be more mindful of everything going on around us. When I thought about how I could apply some of these ideas to make me a better scrapbooker, it hit me that being a scapbooker has helped me become more aware of everything happening in my life.

Before I started scrapbooking, I never really looked for special moments in my day to snap photos of. I never made it a point to have my camera with me. Time spent with family was fun but I wasn’t looking for fun stories to document. I was living my life but I wasn’t really paying that much attention to what was happening around me.

Scrapbooking changed everything. I was no longer just a passenger on this train called life. I was in the driver’s seat and I was directing which way to go. I started orchestrating my life so that I could participate in the activities I wanted to remember, I was savoring the time I spent with my nephews and jotting down the funny things they said, I was doing things I had never done…all in the hopes of creating special memories I would never want to forget.

Because I am a scrapbooker, I:

  • Pay more attention to the little things
  • Listen more and try to really see what’s around me
  • Have my camera at the ready to capture the mundane and the special
  • Cultivate a sense of adventure knowing I’ll have something new to document
  • Know that the details of every day life are just as important as the special events
  • Enjoy the holidays more fully as I capture and record all the details as they happen
  • Am a happier person

And if you don’t believe me, pictures can sometimes say it better than words.

I suppose some of these moments might have been captured even if I wasn’t a scrapbooker. But I like to think that because I AM a scrapbooker, I see these moments much more clearly and recognize when they are happening because I pay attention.


Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. oh what wonderful pictures and they all scream happiness!!! Being happy is the best!

  2. Great photos! The red and green leave make me happy.

  3. I agree, Tammy!
    I am much more focused on living in the moment then I used to be.
    And definitely paying attention to the little things 🙂

  4. Your photos are beautiful!

    I was a little late – but my blog post is up now 🙂

  5. I think some of the photos would not have been taken if you were not a scrapbooker. I know people who look at my photos say I wish I had a photo of our dinner or of this event.

    Great job!

    I will have to check out that book 🙂

  6. Awesome photos…and so true!! 🙂

  7. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos! I love the additional benefits of scrapbooking! Along with you, I feel like I pay attention more because I’m a scrapper.

  8. Great pictures Tammy!

  9. Lovely photos! I agree with you – scrapbooking definitely makes us more aware of the blessings in our lives.

  10. Lovely photos!! Love all that happiness!

  11. I love your photos of the everyday.
    I am trying to do the same, notice that because I am doing P365 I am doing just that 🙂

  12. that’s pretty much what happened to me too. Great post!

  13. I agree! I think that I am happier because I am a scrapbooker. I am also sure that I would take a lot fewer photos if I weren’t a scrapbooker. Thanks for participating!

  14. I love it! Scrapping happy for sure!



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