I have just received a notification from Webster's Pages about this! My layout is featured at Inspire Me!! If you missed this layout scroll down a few posts to find it & you can have a closer look...Totally stoked :)
I don't upload a lot at Inspire Me because I don't have tonnes of Webster's product, but I always make sure to grab a little bit when I do my online shopping every few months, and just yesterday had made a decision to start investing more with fewer companies (one of them being Webster's)(not spending any more on supplies but buying more from less manufacturers if you understand what I mean). I just feel it's time I started consolidating. I know my style now & my time for experimenting is over. Evolving maybe but not experimenting...
I know what I want from my scrapbooking now. It's taken me years to get to this point in my "scrapbooking life" & have been thinking on this for a few days & wondering whether I should write a post about it or not. I fear no-one is interested in reading it so it won't get any/many comments but I've decided it's more important to write it as a reminder to myself, irrespective of whether it gets read or commented on :)
I have been feeling uneasy about scrappy things for a little while now (a couple of weeks) as there are some behind the scenes developments going on at several of the Design Teams I am on that are shaking things up a bit & making me reassess the road that I am on. I am very happy with the progress I have made this year. At the end of last year I felt I was at a crossroads with my scrapbooking & was umming & aaahing as to whether to give up trying to "make a name for myself" & just be content to continue to scrapbook for my personal satisfaction or whether I wanted to give it one last bash & try to make it onto some Design Teams (I had been on a couple in the past but I really wanted a "popular" blog with more readers/hits/validation of my work).
Quite honestly I was tired of the disappointments of not making it onto Design Teams & suspecting it was because I wasn't on any others (you know how all the same names crop up time & time again & you wonder how they ever got their "lucky break?"). I committed my scrapbooking ambitions to God & asked that he decide where to take me with them & also that he guard my heart against any disappointments in future (in other words that I would be capable of applying for Design Teams then never giving the outcome a second thought, so that if I heard back positive "great" & if I never heard back at all it wouldn't bother me one iota!) It worked completely...
That was the turning point for "my luck" & I've been on such a fun ride ever since...having made it onto 6 design teams in 6 months :) But come June & I am feeling that same old "artist's angst" again - asking myself where I am going, what I am doing & what I want to achieve...I have a lot on my mind & have decided that less is more. I want to achieve more but that may mean doing less, if you can understand that...I want to think about what I am doing & where I want to go, rather than just racing to complete the next challenge or get the next post uploaded onto my blog.
I want to be published in Scrapbook Trends (now there's a confession) & of course the other big names too, but Scrapbook Trends is just so classy! That's never going to happen if I don't actually submit a layout :) which I haven't yet done!!! And if I don't commit to it it's never going to happen because there is always a deadline to meet unless I slow down & say "right, this is what I want & I'm going to do it". So I'm going to be putting designing for their calls ahead of entering all & sundry challenges while still trying to keep up with my weekly Colour Combos Galore/The Colour Room challenges and of course my Design Team work.
I guess you could say "my problem" is that I'm too fussy...I aim really high...but that is never going to change & that is who I am. I am going to give it 6 months to a year of submitting to Scrapbook Trends & see if they are interested in anything I have to offer. If not I'll come up with a plan B LOL! Speaking of getting things published I actually have my first "something" coming out in the next issue of Creating Keepsakes! Totally stoked about that too!!
So how's that for a peek into my psyche for you today?!?
I also have a bee in my bonnet about my blog look. I have decided 3 years down the line that it really is time to "bling my blog" & I have spent HOURS today trawling the internet finding snippets of images, colours, etc to help me conceptualise the entire thing & I am almost there. 90% of my ideas are already tossed out of the window & what I have settled on is SO SIMPLE and SO BEAUTIFUL. In my mind anyway...Let's hope my blog designer (who I also found & liaised with today) can bring my vision to reality. I'm sure it will take a while to happen but it will happen & one day you will click in here & love what you see...
I've always thought of a blog makeover as an extravagance in the past but today I just had an immediate & radical change of heart. I'm tired of scrabbling around on freebie sites for something fresh & never really being happy with what I find (although I love Shabby Blogs in particular & really appreciate all the free stuff out there). But it's time. I have more to say (as I said there is a lot on my mind right now) but this is enough for one post.
Doubt anyone has made it this far but I just wanted to say that if anyone has any questions they would like to ask me please put them right here in this post. Reason being that I do get asked questions & I have become pretty bad at responding to them. The desire is there but life gets in the way & I don't have time to trawl through the comments & e mail people (you don't want to see what my inbox looks like...) so I tell myself that I'll respond to them next time I leave a comment on their blog, then I forget! Sorry :( But I really like the idea of a Question & Answer Post so if anyone has anything they would like to ask I would love to answer & will do a post about that in a week or so (if I get any questions LOL)