Monday, October 31, 2011

Paper Scraps - All good things must come to an end

It feels so weird for me to say this, but as of today, I am no longer on any scrapbooking design teams. I have been on various kit club and sketch blog design teams for about four years, so this is going to be hard. I still love scrapping, but rushing to meet deadlines and creating work that, to me, wasn't design team worthy because I felt rushed was taking its toll on me. I thought I needed to be on design teams to be happy, to keep my scrapping fresh, and to just keep scrapping at all. I thought once my son started school that things would slow down, but in fact, quite the opposite has happened, and we are busier than ever.

This doesn't mean that I am going to stop scrapping. I am hoping this will allow me to get back to the root of why I started scrapping in the first place. I want to fill my pages with stories of our lives and meaningful journaling. No more searching for new and unusual techniques or crazy tutorials that my kids aren't going to give a hoot about when they look at these pages years from now. It is time for me to tell my stories, and that is exactly what I plan on doing, and I'm looking forward to doing it at my own pace with whatever supplies I choose to use. I seriously doubt that my kids are going to care about whether or not I used the latest and greatest in paper and products. It is time to keep it real, and keep it simple. I'm not necessarily saying my style is going to change, but I hope to make my pages much more meaningful. After all, scrapping is still an artistic outlet for me.

Here are the last few pages I did for Creative Scrappers. Thank you, Kristine, for having me on the design team for another term. Maybe someday things will slow down, and I'll join again, but for now, I am going to embrace my new creative freedom and run with it.Notice anything about these pages? Not a single one has any journaling on it. Not every page needs journaling, of course. Sometimes the pictures tell the whole story. But I want to go beyond the pictures and express more. I think my next project is going to be to make a journal to jot down stories and things I want to be sure to document on my pages. I'll post it when I get it done! Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!


  1. Don't blame you. I felt the same way and it's so nice to now be able to scrap when and what I want with no restrictions. I enjoyed it while I did it but like it this way better now!

  2. Deb,
    I just wanted to say good job and right on. Sometimes when we set out on a journey, we know where we are intending to go. From time to time as we go it comes to our attention that we aren't going where we thought we wanted to go. Having the ability to realize and the strength to change direction and continuously keep course should be commended. Continue to go and do what makes you happy and know we are behind you :D

  3. Good on ya' for doing what needs doing Deb!
    Don't you quit scrappin' now because I wanna see those pages girl!

  4. I hear ya! Enjoy scrapping without deadlines! Love these pages too. You have such a great style, Deb!

  5. Well, you know Deb, your layouts and projects have always been a favorite with me. I think you are the tops!