This is part three in a four part blog series about my passions and how I'm pursuing them this year. I'm doing this as much to get it all organized and straight in my own mind as to share with you what I've been up to lately and why I've been so absent from blogging. So here goes...
One thing leads to another. But scrapbooking was the genesis of it all.
Don't get me wrong, I was a creative before scrapbooking... crochet, sewing, quilting, embroidery, macrame, etc. ... selling at craft fairs with hand made dolls, teddy bears, and baby quilts ... in fact, I even did "scrapbooking" back in the days when it meant putting pictures on white backgrounds with a single line caption and no embellishments or *GASP* in magnetic albums!
But Scrapbooking is where it all began. In 1999. With an album purchased at Disney World and supplies and stickers from Michaels. Because I wanted to capture in full detail our family's first trip to Disney in November 1998. An album full of photos cut into shapes with fancy edge scissors and covered with sticker sneeze. An album that, while it makes me cringe, still captures the wonder and joy of that first trip to Disney World.
Now that I was scrapbooking, I wanted more and better photos. Jay was always the family photographer. But 95% of his photos were of just our three daughters, individually, in pairs, as a group. He had a singular focus. I wanted more. So I got into photography. But my skills at people photos leave a lot to be desired! I gravitated to nature photography and still life.
2001 began two successive rounds of being an independent consultant for start-up direct sales scrapbooking companies and having my "style" heavily influenced by the product lines presented.
Scrap in a Snap featured bright, busy patterns printed on glossy cardstock with cartoony embellishments. Which made for fun happy pages.
Top Line Creations had a more natural palette with lots of slightly-off-kilter geometrics. Which made for more subtle and beautiful pages.
In 2006, I was introduced to digital scrapbooking... which led to online education... which led to blogging... which led to more online classes and exposure to more styles and more things to be passionate about... like She Art... like Mixed Media... like Art Journaling (both digital and the messy kind)... and it all started with scrapbooking... but I digress...
So, Cheri, what are you doing this year to pursue your love of scrapbooking? Why, thanks for asking!
Right now I'm participating in LOAD215. The next LOAD is scheduled for October and there is a good chance I'll be ready for another round by then.
I don't have any "scrapbooking" classes on tap for this year, although I may go back and finish up a class or two from my Big Picture list - we'll see.
Ha! Just made a liar out of myself. Had this drafted and I hadn't signed up for anything, but I literally JUST used my 11 year anniversary gift card from work to sign up for a six month membership in "Champions" at Scrapaneers. So I'm hoping to improve my digital scrapping a bit and maybe learn my way around my new PSE13 - so much has changed since PSE10!
I'm taking inventory of all my paper scrapbooking albums/projects - seeing what work needs to be done to finish off a few albums and what needs to be let go. Using the "Start Fresh" planner and then making plans to get those pages done!
I'm attending a weekend scrapbooking retreat in mid-April. Hopefully another chance to work through a lot of the girls' School of Life albums. And possibly a day crop at the beginning of May.
I'm slowly reviewing and purging my digital scrap stash. It is so easy to let things build up when they are "hidden" on your computer (although certainly not neatly put away... the files are a disorganized mess!).
I'm trying to pare down both paper and digital supplies to make the process of scrapbooking simpler and more in line with "my" style...
and I'm trying to figure out just what my style is... by ruling out what it isn't... what doesn't bring me joy...
I admire so many styles out there, but I don't aspire to be the next Cathy Zielski or Shimelle Lane or May Flaum or [fill in the blank with your favorite scrapbooking celeb]. I just want to be the best Cheri Andrews. I want my pages to be recognizable as ME, not as a copycat somebody else.
So I think this is a year of paring down, simplifying, finishing up and of discovering just where scrapbooking goes from here in my life. One thing is for sure... it isn't going away!
What are you doing to pursue your love of scrapbooking?