Thanks to all of you for reading every day and thanks for all of the encouraging and lovely comments.
I wanted to close out this series with a new layout. I'm still committed to my 2012 scrap resolution…having fun. I am making things that are authentically me. Not worrying about whether I am doing the latest trends or keeping up with what is "in".
Right now there is a very specific trend in scrapbooking. I LOVE looking at these pages…ink blots,beautiful layers,controlled mess. sewing,ink,etc,die cut machines…lots of really cool stuff.
Unfortunately…I couldn't pull off that look if I tried.And I HAVE tried. I would love to have the naturally cool style of Marcy Penner or Jen Johner. I've admired it for years.haha!
But you know what? I'm okay with that. Today's *love*ly thing?
Being okay with NOT being on trend. If you look back at my pages over the years, they kind of all look the same.
I do girly. Florals,mismatched colors and patterns,doilies,butterflies,lace,ribbons. Always have,probably always will!
Now and then I'll get emails that all of my pages are the same. Or that my pages are messy (I don't really get this one as much),or that I am boring b/c I don't do many techniques.
And I am okay with that.
I am not the worlds most complicated scrapbooker. I am not the world's most inspirational scrapooker-technique wise.
But I put my heart on every page. And i LOVE this hobby.
And I am more than okay with that.
In the past there have been times I've tried to fit in. See the tiny photo debacle of 2009 or the misting disaster of 2011. I don't have fun when I do that. Those pages don't feel authentic to me. If I'm not doing what comes naturally to me,then I don't enjoy the process.
I finally discovered that I have to take trends and adapt them to make them be more me. Washi tape for example. Using it in traditional ways doesn't work for me. But cutting it to look like ribbon edges? That worked. Misting. I can NOT for the life of me pull of that cool "casually misted"look. But using a doily as a template? That worked for me.
So here's to a lovely,lovely thing.Being okay with being vanilla.Being okay with doing what makes me happy.
Being okay with my pages looking like "me". And frankly? I am okay with them all looking similar. Because in the end? I will be the one looking at them.
And hopefully someone will appreciate and want them somewhere down the line. That's the good thing about having four girls. Hopefully ONE of them will want the albums. HAHAH!
Happy Wednesday my sweet friends. I hope you spend today doing what makes you happiest.xoxo
cardstock-core'dinations;patterned paper-studio calico (new take note collection);washi-freckled fawn;ribbon,jewels,butterflies,doily,stickers-studio calico happy little moments kit;cardstock doily,flowers-crate paper;tag-martha stewart;butterfly-studio calico daydream believer kit
photo by carrie crowder