Got this email from Lisa last week, and I LOVE what she says (not the part about me) but the realization that recognizing what we do as scrapbookers is a lifestyle means you can "let go" of aspirations and schemes and business goals and let your passion lead the way. Does that make sense. I have a small book of quotes (Big Thoughts by Compendium) sitting atop my desk that says "do what you love" When you do, all else falls into place. It will take some dedication and some patience, but if you persist in that which makes you happy, you will be led to do what you were meant to do.
Ponder that and have a good day.
I have been scrapbooking since 1995 (I think that’s 12 years, but I have a hard time believing that). I have a shelf of scrapbooking idea books and magazines that is 10 feet long (I am NOT exaggerating, I just measured it). I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for 4 years, including working at a frantic pace that has enabled me to present scrapbooking on the national stage to SU! demonstrators at SU! events three times in the last 2 1/2 years. But I have never picked up any single resource that has so radically affected my outlook on scrapbooking as your book "The Big Picture."
I am at a stage where I am rethinking where I am headed with this hobby/passion/career that has grown on me over time and I have been unable to figure out just where I want to go next. I purchased your book at the CK Convention in March of this year (Portland) and I just started reading it last week. I was interested in your approach to scrapbooking and your unconventional album organization. I thought I might just try some of these cool ideas. But when I reached page 98 and pulled the "I’ve been thinking about scrapbooking" paper out of its envelope I stopped in my tracks. "Scrapbooking is essential to my well-being as much so as say healthy eating or regular exercise. Initially it was a hobby — then it became my job, but now scrapbooking is my lifestyle." What a revelation! I have been beating my head against the wall trying to figure out whether scrapbooking is my hobby or whether I can really make a career out of this, when what I really feel is that it is my LIFESTYLE! I just never put a finger on it the way you did! Yes, I do think I will try some of your album organization ideas and this new perspective on not necessarily having an album (or three) for every year. And I have already registered for a couple of projects on The Big Picture website (I plan to try a couple classes too, but I’m having a hard time deciding which since I want to do them all!) But the biggest thanks that I have for you is the realization that I have a lifestyle that I love and no matter whether I turn it into a full-fledged career or not, a lifestyle that I love is good enough for me!
By the way, we met at the CK Convention in Portland in 2003. My daughter (then 10) and I took a color class from you. We have attended that event together every year since 2002 and that class remains one of my daughter’s favorites — she has mentioned it to me on several occasions. In fact, she just walked into the room and said, "Oh, you’re e-mailing the nice color lady?" In true scrapbooker fashion, I am attaching a lo-res copy of the photo we took that day. Thanks for everything!
Thank YOU Lisa.