I’m going to tell you all a story about my beloved Five Star coil-bound plain white paper notebooks, the ones I’ve used to create and house two very special scrapbooks. It was the summer of 2003, the summer I graduated from high school. Me, my best friend, and another high school friend were at the mall one lazy summer day when we decided to stop by Wal-Mart. For whatever reason, we meandered into the stationery section where we stumbled on these plain and simple Five Star notebooks. They had a sturdy dark green cover, a large metal coil, and the most luscious (yes, luscious) plain white perforated paper. Pages of pure white, bursting with endless possibilities for all sorts of art projects. We saw them and we knew we all had to get one. They were just too perfect to pass up. They weren’t lined, they weren’t too thick or too thin, they weren’t held together with staples or glue and the price was pretty darn decent at $3 a pop. So there we were, 3 girls out of high school and university-bound, lining up at the cash single file waiting to pay for the exact same notebook. When we left with our identical purchases, I asked my friend what she was going to do with hers. “Fill it with memories, I guess.”
And that was the plan, to make scrapbooks that were uniquely our own, each telling our own special stories. While my best friend and other friend never ended up using it for this purpose (I know, I asked out of curiosity), I went to town with mine, creating a personal, visual time capsule using photos and magazine cut-outs and stickers and stationery to tell the story of what high school was like, what my life was like, and everything that embodied what I loved and who I was at that point in time. I poured myself into it, creating layouts of birthdays parties, prom, Christmas get-togethers, fun things that happened in high school. It became a pet project near and dear to my heart at the tender age of 18. I loved the notebook I used so much that I actually went back soon after to buy another one, this time with a dark teal cover. And it is this 2nd notebook that now houses my new and beloved Tea Journal and Scrapbook.
I know it’s a bit of a departure from my blog’s namesake (hi 8×8 scrapbooking!), but I wanted to do something different and I wanted everything in one cohesive package. Working on my latest scrapbook project, my tea journal and scrapbook, has been one of the best things in my life for the past few months. It’s been so much fun and such an amazing creative outlet creating a gazillion layouts chronicling my afternoon tea adventures, teatime recipes from magazines, tea-inspired food, and my favourite teas and tea experiences. And just like that first Five Star notebook scrapbook, I poured my heart and soul into it. It’s a reflection of who I am (or at least part of who I am) and how deeply I have fallen in love with all things tea in the last 5 years. It’s been so much fun that in hindsight, I should have bought 5 more notebooks! I only have 5 more pages, front and back, left and still plenty of scrapbook layouts to do so I am on the hunt for another one (or three).
While I’ve plowed through a ton of photos and layouts, some pages are still a work in progress, but for good reason: these pages are growing lists of my favourite teas from different shops and brands! I had a jolly good time adding a few more favourites to my David’s Tea layout recently and creating the layout in general. I wanted it colourful and punchy so I used some bright and fun scrapbook paper that would stand out but at the same time be a good backdrop to plain white paper and text. And to be resourceful, I punched out the teal circles and cut out the David’s Tea logo from an actual David’s Tea bag! Here are some photos of my scrapbook cover page and David’s Tea scrapbook layout, as well as an updated list of my favourite teas!
Deb’s Updated List of Favourite Tea from David’s Tea:
- Baked Apple (herbal tea, Winter 2010/11)
- Birthday Cake (rooibos tea)
- Blueberry Jam (black tea)
- Chocolate Rocket (mate tea)
- Coco-Lemon Thai (white tea)
- Coffee Cake (black tea, Winter 2013/14)
- Creme Brulee (rooibos tea)
- Fantasy Island (black tea)
- Lime Gelato (green tea)
- Long Life Oolong (oolong tea)
- Mango Lassi (herbal tea)
- Mom’s Apple Pie (green tea, Fall 2013)
- Pink Lemonade (rooibos tea)
- Red Velvet Cake (black tea)
- Shooting Star Fruit (white tea, Summer 2014)
- Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait (herbal tea)
- Toasted Walnut (green tea)
- White Chocolate Frost (herbal tea, Winter 2013/14)