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.


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.