Recently I was looking through some scrapbooking handouts and noticed a “Mom Time” article with scrapbooker Lisa Welchel. Looking at the date made me realize what a pack rat I am – I think this was from way back when she was hosting Faithbooking retreats; Suddenly I see she is on Survivor Philippines? I will admit I have not watched Survivor for a few years and I am intrigued by her being on the show; Knowing that she recently went through traumatic changes in her life, it will be interesting to see what happens. Survivor can be brutal; I’m cheering for Lisa: fellow scrapbooker, mom, and homeschooler.
And, she has pretty teeth! check out the comments on seasons-of-smiles.com
Scrapbooking & Keepsakes (this is a post from a few years ago)
Scrapbooking with a Celebrity
The Facts of Life star is a busy mom these days, but she still find time to capture her family’s moments in scrapbooks
By Lori Elkins Solomon
Most people remember Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner from the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life . Since the show’s finale in 1988, Lisa has been devoting her energy to other roles: Married to a pastor, she’s a mother of three and the author of books on parenting, homeschooling and religion. For her, scrapbooking is a creative endeavor and an expression of her faith and values.
Q: When did you start scrapbooking?
A: My mom bought me a scrapbooking kit about seven years ago. I put it on a shelf and left it there for a year until a friend suggested we go to a party and learn how to use it. Well, I went and learned, and I’ve been obsessed with scrapbooking ever since.
Q: Why is scrapbooking important to you?
A: I want to preserve our family moments for my kids. We’ve had such a blessed life-it would be a shame for their memories to be lost. It’s so wonderful to see them take the scrapbooks off the shelf and look through them and enjoy those moments all over again.
Q: What are your favorite subjects?
A: Mostly I focus on the family. Each of my kids has their own scrapbook, although I’m really behind on those. I made a heritage book for my in-laws’ 50 th anniversary. And when we filmed The Facts of Life reunion a few years ago, I took pictures at the shoot and made albums for each cast member, the director and producer. There were definitely some tears flowing. I also enjoy making faithbooks, which are scrapbooks that focus on expressing why faith is important to you.
Q: Tell us about the retreats you host.
A: They’re called MomTime Get-A-Ways, and they offer moms across the nation 24 hours of refreshing and pampering. Mothers give so much and often feel guilty about taking a little time for themselves. We’ve been doing faithbooking classes at the retreats, which are great because they’re more about the message of the album than about making perfect pages. There’s no pressure to make your album look like a work of art, and the women who attend our getaways really appreciate that. It’s all about creating a “work of heart.” For MomTime 2004 we’re going to have crops from 4 p.m. to midnight so that people can bring all of their cropping supplies and just have a party.
Q: What’s your next scrapbooking project?
A: In July of 2001 my family and I set out in an R.V. to discover America. We traveled more than 77,000 miles across 44 states for an entire year. It was the ultimate field trip Every night I journaled what we had done that day and uploaded it to my Web site. I have all of these journal entries from every day and all of the pictures and I’ve bought all of the supplies. Now I have to go away for a week to get it all done.