I have a little story to tell you. It’s about a girl who started scrapbooking 12 years ago and her journey. Spoiler alert: She got WAY too caught up in what everyone else was doing and what she was “supposed to be doing”.
She became obsessed with magazines and design teams and what everyone else thought about her.
She made herself try stamping and misting and painting and all kinds of stuff she didn’t like. And she ended up MISERABLE.
The STUFF became too much. It paralyzed her. Honestly, it was pretty ridiculous looking back on it. The good news is…the story has a happy ending.
She finally got out of her stupid slump and stopped caring what everyone else was doing. She happily went back to her flowers and doilies and labels and started writing the stories down again.
So, ahem, excuse me while I switch from third person to first person.
Like I said, my sweet friend Heidi is a big reason I’m rediscovered memory keeping. I was at Michaels one day and her new Storyline collection was on sale. I’d never heard of it but I was immediately drawn to the D-Ring albums and embellishment sets. They contained cards and stickers and die cuts…and everything I needed to make a page. I’ve always loved everything Heidi makes (remember those fuzzy damask rub-ons? OMGolly Gosh). And, excuse me while I go off on a side monologue, I think she is such an amazingly strong, inspiring, and transparent woman. I love her and her strength. And her vulnerability. She makes me want to simultaneously hug her neck and clap. She is brave. And wonderful.
Sorry, but it had to be said.
I started churning out pages and sharing them on IG. My joy was apparent. And probably repetitive and annoying too but I didn’t really care. HA!
Somewhere during this entire reawakening, Heidi contacted me via DM on Instagram and asked me if I’d be a guest designer for her. This? Was a no brainer. I wanted to tell my story. And share how much Storyline has changed my creative life.
I won’t tell you the whole story here. I want you to head over to the Heidi Swapp blog and read it there.
Here are a few of the pages, there’s much more on Heidi’s blog.
It brings me SO MUCH happiness to be able to share something like this here today. I’ve wanted to get back to documenting and memory keeping for so darn long. I just couldn’t find the right fit.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my post today- I’m so grateful you dropped by!