I didn’t scrapbook very much last year. There were a lot of reasons for that – I was working too much, I was busy with other things, I wasn’t going to crops because I was saving for a scrapbooking cruise, I was spending more time with my family, etc. But, truth be told, I had also run out of mojo. I started scrapbooking in 2002 and I really caught the bug pretty bad. I would scrap every chance I got, whether it was spending late nights at my desk, attending crops, or taking classes. I cropped at friends houses and went to retreats. I can’t say I had an awful lot of pages to show for all that time, but I was sure having fun. Looking back, I spent a lot of time socializing and shopping. And I spent too much time on certain techniques that, I feel now, really didn’t add that much to my pages. I think I got carried away, a bit caught up in what the magazines and tv shows were doing, what I was learning at CKUs, what I felt was expected of me as a “scrapbooker”.
But I have a new perspective now and my focus is back on where I think it should be: on the memories and the pictures. I’m now over the guilt of “sticking my husband with the kids” while I crop, and “spending money on supplies when I just went on a cruise”. I’ve become a consultant for a company with products that I absolutely love and am passionate about sharing with others. I COMPLETELY enjoyed organizing the crop a couple weeks ago. My stuff is organized again and I can enjoy the process without tripping over things. So, suffice it to say, I finally have my scrapbooking mojo back. I’m very happy and excited, because I truly missed it while it was gone. I think I was a little depressed without it. A big part of me was missing. I assume it’s why my house – and scrap area – got so disorganized. If you ever lose your scrap mojo, don’t worry – it will come back. Mine did.
I’m glad you got your mojo back. When I started reading this post I said “That’s sounds just like me!” Hopefully I can get mine back someday….AND get my area organized. I think that’s probably a big part of it. You need a PLACE you can enjoy doing the thing you enjoy. When your PLACE is in disarray….you can’t be as creative.
Congratulations Erika. Looking forward to seeing more of your work now the mojo’s flowing again.
right on – go mojo!! i know exaclty how you feel. a lot of my scrapping at the moment is actually about me and how i feel at the moment… still do the occasional family/kids layouts but at least i don’t feel the pressure to do it.
what company are you selling for? even though CM isn’t my personal style, they sell solid products and i was thinking of becoming a consultant for them…just to keep me socialising and generally out of trouble :)
Hi Kelz ~ Sounds like you have a great attitude about scrapping. Even thought it’s supposed to be FUN, I catch myself feeling pressured about it and that’s no good.
I’m selling for Memory Works – there’s a link on my blog. I looked into CM because I agree with you about their products but didn’t want the pressure of meeting their big minimum per quarter. MW is a perfect fit for me.