Sunday, April 17, 2005

Just a reminder

recently there was a discussion on a favorite message board of mine that dealt with how the trend frenzy and our own feelings of inadiquacy robbed us of creativity in our scrapbooking. I want to save what I posted, because I think there will be moments when I forget the feelings I had reading that thread. I will need to remind myself. So this post is for me. my reminder of what is important:

I'll tell you all where I am. Lost somewhere between obsessed with being published and not caring at all. it swings wildly from day to day. However, I have completely tossed all pretense at being inspired by what others are doing in the industry. I don't look at on line galleries. I read the articles in the mags and enjoy the layouts but I don't make note of very much. I found my inspiration outside scrapbooking. I found something that makes me want to cut paper again. I went back to what I loved and what I was passionate about outside of paper and photos. It has had an interesting side affect. I'm not following the trends as much. It's a very freeing feeling.

My pages haven't changed that much. I'm not sure most people could even see a shift. I've just changed my attidude and it's made a big difference.

I'm going to just keep walking past the popular girls and not pay them much attention, just like I did in High School. I'm going to do my own thing. If that means I never get published again, then so be it. I'm tired of chasing the brass ring when I have a gold one already in my hand.

2 comments:

Ashley Gailey said...

Sometimes it is hard not to get so wrapped up in it all, isn't it? I've never been one to follow the trends... I was always the one walking to the beast of my own drum. :) I've come to the comclusion that I'm just going to do whatever I want in my scrapbooks and if people like it, great. If they don't, oh well. These are my albums and I don't ever want to look back on a page and say "oh that was during the _____ trend phase". I just want them to look like me.

Jess said...

Yeah, what Ashley said ;). Seriously, I could have written that myself.