A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Perfect Life…

Today Scrapbook Update welcomes the return of Tami Morrison as guest blogger. In today’s post, Tami reminds us what an important tool that humor is in coping with life, and shares how to put that perspective in our scrapbooking as well.

Tami Morrison is a mom of four who lives and laughs in Orange County, California. She is a member of the Ella Friends team at Ella Publishing and an instructor at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Her latest BPS workshop, Kidding Around: A Mom and Me Scrapbooking Escapade, is full of summer scrapbooking fun for kids of all ages, and is open for registration now.

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As Dr. Seuss once penned, “Funny things are everywhere.” The famed whimsical writer also said, “Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”

Things don’t always go as planned, or meet our sometimes unrealistic expectations. I am a big believer in using humor to get over life’s little (and big) hurdles, and I am also a big believer in letting my scrapbook pages reflect this part of my personality. I routinely laugh at myself, my kids, and my assorted daily predicaments, so why not lighten up and scrapbook these experiences with the same authentic levity?

Whether I’m telling the tale of my oldest daughter running out of gas…

…or recounting my little one’s cheekiness:

humor helps put it all into perspective.

Some situations are inherently comical…

…and sometimes we have to hunt for the humor in the stuff that would otherwise drive us nuts.

Either way, becoming the comedy writer of our own life can be the key to turning frustration into appreciation for our unique experiences, and coping with the curveballs life tends to throw.

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8 Responses to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Perfect Life…

  1. Gab McCann June 23, 2010 at 3:13 am #

    What a great article! I just did Tami’s “Every Day Adventures” class at BPS and it was fantastic!

  2. Amy K June 23, 2010 at 4:56 am #

    My youngest daughter & I are signed up for Tami’s Kidding Around class. We’re very excited about it!

  3. Susan / PaperCrafter's Corner June 23, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    Love it! The layout of Reece “negotiating” with his swim teacher hits an especially strong chord for me — my son is doing the EXACT same thing right now. Will definitely have to do a similiar layout!

  4. Kelly Lyons June 23, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Love the “Family Tattletale” layout – very clever!

  5. Melinda Wilson June 23, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Thanks for this article. I had just finished reading a friend’s blog post about death and how life goes on and the wonderful things that God has provided since then. Then I read this . . . you cry, you laugh and cherish ALL the people in your life . . . whether sad, hysterical, funny or loving! Thanks again!

  6. judy dickerson June 23, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I love your comical lay-outs..makes me wish (only a tiny bit) that my kids were small and we had those silly moments the way your children are all soo adorable.. ..Gallatin ,Tn

  7. Renee T (italgal on BPS) June 23, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    My sister and husband just travelled by car halfway across the country with their FIVE kids, including one-year-old twins. The twins experienced “diaper failure” coming and going, requiring the car seats to be disinfected en route. Then the twins became ill shortly after arrival, and passed their horrible stomach virus to everyone they stayed with! Needless to say, it was the trip from hell…but now that they are safely back home (and we’re all healthy), your post has inspired me to make a LO of the experience. It will surely give us something to laugh about in the future!
    Thanks, Tami (can’t wait for Kidding Around to start!)

  8. Kimberly June 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Good advice for scrapbooking and LIFE! I have a lot of trouble finding the humor in life. I worry. I stress. I explode. But on the rare days that I roll with life, laugh and find humor in my 14-month-old smearing me with his food or a bird pooping on my head … everything seems okay and surmountable.

    Now, I want to infuse some humor into my pages. Thank you for that.

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