moving. Have I mentioned this yet? AAAAHHHHHH!!!!
Had two wonderful days in Utah with my Simple team — man I love those people. Our next special issue, Quizzes and Questions looks so FAB — I’m totally serious. We are planning some very fun changes, updates etc.. for 2007 — our 5th anniversary year!!
I am spending every free moment that I can on my Library class. I am
pushing some serious deadlines here — poor Kayce. Hoping today will be
Got this comment yesterday about the liberating nature of my library concept — it’s amazing that every time I get overwhelmed and discouraged, I get an email or notecard or something that gives me encouragement and affirms for me how very blessed I am to be able to do what I do.
First, I want to tell you how awesome I think this class is going to be. I listened to the Week 1 message this morning (I know, I’m a bit late on that part), and I was almost in tears with the freedom you have given me! I have been really struggling with my scrapbooking the last several months because
1) I knew I could never get caught up (my son is 12 and I was working on his baby album!)
2) I was overwhelmed with all the fantastic "scrap artists" out there and didn’t think I could ever measure up
3) I began to have worries that it wasn’t really "okay" for me to "waste my time" scrapbooking. I struggle with depression, and some days it’s tough just to get the housework done, so taking time out to do something "non-essential" seemed somehow wrong, even though it’s a great outlet for me.
I started scrapping in 1998 to record vacation memories. Back then there wasn’t so much pressure (or at least I didn’t feel it) to be a "master scrapper", published in a hundred magazines (there weren’t that many around!), wowing people the world over. Back then it was about recording memories for future generations. But with the explosion of the industry, it just seemed to me that it became a contest to see who could create the most amazing layout, the most artsy, blow-your-socks-off, "look how awesome I am" work of art that anyone had ever seen, with memories taking a backseat. I can’t do that. Okay, maybe I could if I really worked at it, but that kind of pressure is just too much and it takes all the fun out of scrapping, for me. So your message really touched me, and I think it was a Godsend (literally). You’ve reawakened in me the whole reason I started scrapping in the first place — to record memories for my family and those who come after us. AND to have fun and be fulfilled doing it! So THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me the freedom to scrap what matters most!
Sound familiar? As women we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves, in so many areas of life and life btw, is tough — especially in the world we live in. We need each other and so today, I just want to say how grateful I am for this scrapbooking community. We are truly blessed.
Sneak peak at my studio floor.
You have to understand that several of the things I’m doing in my new house aren’t really "in line" with the other houses in this new development. I’m old enough to know what I like, but at the same time I still worry about being "cool." So, I always feel a little sheepish when I go see the house and wonder what the construction dudes are thinking … (the lime green kitchen, homemade tiles in the laundry room mixed with bright yellow and turquoise and then of course my flowers) Yesterday, I ran into a sub-contractor outside who told me he loved what I did with my "cute" office floor downstairs, and then I went inside and three of these twenty-somethings turned down their rap music just to tell me they like working in my house — that its a happy house.
that’s all I want too, a happy house.
have a good and happy day.