I was talking to a friend who’s just finding her way in crafting, and it got me thinking about my own craft journey.
You see there was a time I was convinced I needed to make layouts more like Cathy Z. A time when I thought I had to ink or sand everything. A time when I was convinced I didn’t have a single good idea.
There was a time when I was lost.
Funny enough, this darkest period of mine was only about 5-7 years ago – and nearly 20 years after I made my first scrapbook. I was doing whatever I wanted craft wise and I had no idea that there were styles or rules or anything else when it came to paper crafting or scrapbooking. In 2002 I found my first scrapbook store and not only did I fall in love with all the new possibilities (and a new size of album ’12 x 12′) and that’s when I started my modern scrapbooking journey. I got pulled into a world of paper and themed stickers that I thought was the “right” way to do things. I matted every photo. I journaled almost exclusively with the computer since my handwriting was far from perfect. I did stuff like the magazines said.
Now I’m not down on the magazines, or gathering inspiration from outside sources, or anything like that! I’m just giving you an intro. You see, when I discovered all this product available to me – I had been making due with Mrs. Grossman Stickers + cardstock – I found myself lost in possibility. Sometimes in a good way, often not. This was a time when a single layout would take me from 4-7hours. (you’d never know it by looking at them)
I’ve decided over the next few weeks to share some of my old layouts, talk about my journey from there to here, and well, just share!
I figure it’s my blog so I can, right?!