22 July 2011
Its All About the Story
I started scrapbooking (i hate that word) about 7yrs ago. It was like finding my perfect fit. I threw myself into it with wholehearted abandon. I ate, slept and dreamt in layouts. I worked in a scrapbook shop. I gave lessons at the shop and then later from my home. I was passionate about it.
Enter blogging about 4yrs ago. It was like finding another perfect fit. I threw myself into it just as hard and I have been an avid blogger since that day. Scrapbooking eventually became a distant memory.
The common denominator? Words. Photos. My life.
What am I missing at the moment? The arty side. The paper and glue side. Do I miss it enough to dive back in as voraciously as in the past ? No. Definitely not. But I miss it enough to do the projects that mean something to me. Not endless layout after layout after layout.
I think scrapping got too hard - its easy to fight creativity and to make it harder than it has to be. To get complicated and keep putting stuff off. It was so much easier to simply log on, churn out a blogpost and gooi in some photos .
Scrapbooking with paper slows me down. In a good way. Its all a bit zen really. It gets me into a different headspace, away from the clicking of keys and swiping of touchpads. It is something that fuels me and yet I cast it aside.
"My biggest fear sometimes is that I wont tell a story deeply enough". - Ali Edward -
I can relate to that fear. I dont want to get so immersed in the creation of some page full of flounce, paint, embellishments and stuff and not tell the story that lies beneath the prettiness. I think I live in this dichotemy of beauty vs truth.
Omigosh, who knew I could write so MUCH about scrapping eh? Thanks for reading if you made it this far!
Best I get cracking on my 'Mel @ 38' layout. For those of you who are interested you can see my other pages from age 32 to 36 here.