I am up on the Paper Bakery BLOG today with my first layout and tutorial for them using January's Love Potion #9 SCRAPBOOK KIT. Can you guess what my layout is about? If you guessed it is about my recent CHA trip (where I got to meet Sarah, the wonderful owner of Paper Bakery) - you would be correct! But, my layout is about a little more than that, too.
I was at a crop with two of my friends this past weekend, and we were involved in part of a discussion about the insecurity that seems to go along with scrapbooking, cardmaking, and mixed media - especially when we strive to be on design teams for the manufacturers whose products inspire us. We allow ourselves to take a hobby or past time that is supposed to make us feel good about ourselves and, instead, we let it become a source of self-doubt. We wonder what it is that makes someone else's style better than ours and we wrestle with the temptation to copy another style, another idea - in short, somebody else's dream. And if we take a step back we see - that is crazy. That is sheer stressful craziness. And I don't want that.
So - this layout symbolizes that. It's a pledge to myself - a pledge that I am going to keep trying to make the dreams I have come true. But while I am doing that, I am going to keep three things in mind always:
- I will stay true to myself and I will keep my own style. I may not know what my style is called (and anyone who does know, PLEASE tell me - I am pretty sure paper-hoarder is not a style!) but I know it is my own and I know it is consistent. Even if I am the only person who likes what I do, the only thing that matters is that I like what I do!
- I will only apply to teams or challenges that inspire me. That means I will not apply to a manufacturer's team if I don't normally buy their products - no matter the temptation, the thought that I might be passing up my one big chance. That's not making my dream come true; that's becoming a slave to an idea.
- Most of all, I will enjoy what I do. I fell in love with scrapbooking because it made me feel happy and creative. I absolutely refuse to let it be a source of stress!!!
Okay, stepping down off my soapbox! Back to Paper Bakery - I knew it was the right kit club for me because its collections were filled with items that I had already purchased on my own. I tend to stick with one or two manufacturers' products when I am working on a project, so it is a refreshing change to have papers and supplies to work with from several different manufacturers at the same time. And best of all, it's already all coordinated and put together for me! Look how nicely everything comes together on this layout:
Oh, one last thing before I go - see that title? That was created from my own handwriting and then cut out on the Silhouette! Yep, that title is created from my messy lefty cursive writing. Want to see how I did it? Then check out my TUTORIAL on the Paper Bakery Blog! (It's simple) Oh, and leave a comment if you like it!