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Old 09-02-2008, 03:40 PM
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Coming Unglued (Scrapbooker's Series #3)

Coming Unglued (Scrapbooker's Series #3)

Modern moms are in over their heads. According to "The Today Show," iVillage and MSNBC, it takes more than a village to raise a family - it takes a "Momtourage." In a trend marked by multiplying play groups, Bunko groups, knitting circles and book clubs, moms are uniting through common hobbies to find companionship and emotional support.

In fact, a recent survey by the Craft & Hobby Association says scrapbooking moms have bonded to the tune of a now $2.5 billion industry. The flourishing industry has spawned scrapbook-centric clubs, conventions, retreats, TV shows, books - even themed cruises on the Queen Mary 2.

Rebeca is an avid scrapper, momtourage mobilizer and the author of the "Sisters Ink," novels. She knows first-hand how important girlfriends are to a woman's stability, but in the often isolating world of motherhood, she also knows how difficult it is to find them. She discovered the power of female networks after finding out about her first husband's infidelity. Her girlfriends rallied around her and today, Rebeca is remarried and the mother of two (baby #2 is on the way).

Today, she relies on scrapbooking as a social outlet and the glue that keeps her momtourage together. She brings women together through scrapping, around her kitchen table and in her online community, Sisters Ink.net, a digital craft circle for scrappers looking to connect regionally.

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Momtourage 101
For moms looking to establish a momtourage, Rebeca offers five steps for getting started.
1. First, identify a common thread. Motherhood? Love of scrapbooking, books, sewing? Obsession with chocolate or coffee?
2. Carve out a space in your home like a spare room or game room where girlfriends can join you in your craft, or secure a space at a public facility like a library or community center.
3. Establish a schedule and take turns hosting, or determine to schedule each consecutive meeting at the current meeting.
4. Connect. Make certain your time together allows for the most important thing - conversation!
5. Stick with it. Remind each other that you are better moms, wives, daughters, women because you're connecting with other women. No need for guilt!
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Her new book, "Coming Unglued" (B&H Fiction, July 2008), is the second book in the series of humorous contemporary fiction set against the backdrop of scrapbooking. It illustrates the power of friendship and speaks of infidelity from the perspective of the "other woman." The third installment, "Scrapping Plans" and releases February 2009.

In addition to her own literary work, Rebeca is founder and president of Glass Road Public Relations and Glass Slipper Productions, an event planning agency. She and her husband reside in Fulton, Ky. When she is not writing or working with clients, she can be found in her scrapbook studio or renovating their 109-year old home as they make room for their second child. For more information, please visit www.sistersink.net.
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