I'm willing to gamble a few of you don't even want to read any further on this post, because the thought of taking a self-portrait ranks right up there with cleaning toilets and dental procedures. Am I right?
If there's one thing I feel extremely passionate about, it's the idea that we as scrapbookers need to work a heck of a lot harder to make sure and include ourselves in our scrapbooks. The kids are great! The pets? Love 'em! Your cute husband or wife? Fabulous! But where are you?
If you can easily show me several spots in your various albums where you actually appear, then I applaud you. If not, then today is the day we need to get down to business.
And just what do you need for this challenge? It's simple: a picture of you, taken by you.
Now, it doesn't need to be fancy. The old "take a picture of yourself in a mirror" will do just fine. Although, if your camera has a self-timer, go ahead and play around with it. And put some make up on if that makes you feel better. I know if I'm taking a self-portrait, there WILL be mascara present. End of story.
And once you take the picture, then make a page. I don't care what you write on it. The layout above is one from Simple in 2007 and I just sort of turned it into a personal inventory, a snapshot of me on that day. You can do the same if you like. List journaling is such an easy, non-stressful way to put meaty, real-life content into your writing.
Don't be shy. Taking a picture of yourself is not self-indulgent. Well, actually is IS self-indulgent, but in a GOOD way. Because people are going to want to see how cool great, great, great Grandma Cathy was, when she was in her prime, before that muffin top got so out of hand.