Andrea loved to scrapbook, so much that her house was overcrowded with all the paraphernalia. Fancy borders, stick ons, clothe pieces, anything that would make her scrapbooks more beautiful, more exceptional.

Each Saturday she met with two like-minded friends and they’d create and chat, a habit of many years. Sad part was nobody really wanted to view their exotic creations … so full of meaning to them but lost on others.

Andrea knew her ‘collecting’ had got out of hand, no room for visitors. Barely a path to get to bed, her scraps had accumulated to become a hazard.


Carrot Ranch Challenge November 15, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that uses scraps. It can be scraps of dried flowers, paper, metal, fabric, food — any kind of scraps you can think of. Then write a story about those scraps and why they matter or what they make. Go where the prompt leads you.


  1. Makes me think how we build up so many possibilities and ideas that we block our own paths! Scrapbooking also reminds me of when newspapers were laid out on the blues and lines and graphics were tapes and added in a similar manner. I used to typeset the columns and wax the finished pieces in place!

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  2. This is a beautiful story ..there are so many Angelas in the world: collecting, keeping without providing a space for newer collections and newer opportunities. Yes some Angelas may have been stuck on something (it doesnt have to be tangible objects) to the extent that they have lost so much greater opportunities in life. Some Angelas may too have been stuck on a relationship they believe is healthy but is not thus unable for them to see the realities outside that “make believe okay relationships”….(i am ranting again lol..)

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  3. Great story from the challenge/prompt, Kate! And it has an important message!
    Like Andrea, so many people are collecting things and are not spending time with people, nature, etc. 😦 I think, too, of people I know who have hundreds of selfies on their phone or a social media site and I wonder who will ever care about that or even look at the photos. ???
    Oh, well, all of us probably have our “thing”…maybe not scrapbooking, but something else that can have a hold on us…that we need to be aware of and deal with. 🙂
    Your story reminds me of a quote: ““It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.” ~ Anatole France
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  4. I loved the way you have the poignancy in the simple act of scrapbooking.I can feel the loneliness and sadness in Andrea’s life she is trying ti fill with the scaps and it is leading to the deadly habit of hoarding.

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  5. How did you ever come up with such a poignant commentary of life with scrapbooking.
    Putting such passion and creativity around a product no one cared to see. And the piling up of scraps overtaking her path to the bed.
    Almost Elinore Rigsby like. Difference is scrapping brought yout character joy.
    I really liked the dichotomy of the two images happiness…obsession..

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