I have a brand new baby(well a "printed" baby ) that I haven't gotten to see and hold in my chubby little ole hands yet! A copy should arrive here today. I can't wait to see it. This one is so special to me. I wrote it with my PCCrafter Message Board Friend, Lynne Carey. We saw a need for journaling and poetry for bereavement pages, cards, etc., and set about to help fill it. We will have some copies with us at CHA if you want to share our excitement with us.
The message boards are all abuzz with the fact that the scrapbooking industry is changing and with questions expressed as to what the changes will be and how will they affect us. I can't say that I'm surprised, because look at us as individual scrappers-are we not changing as well?
This change is not necessarily an unwelcome or bad thing. It could work out to be the best thing for all of us. Of course it hurts if we see our favorite stores closing or much loved magazines fold, but change has always been inevitable and always will be. If no change, how can we grow and get better?
So many people now have reached their satuaration point as far as supplies and are weeding out and downsizing. Where not so long ago we longed for a special work space and dreamed about a dedicated scrap room, now most folks have outgrown the iris carts they thought would never fill and are lusting after the room that might be available when the teenager goes off to collage.
Most people admit that while they are excited at the thought of new products, they actually are overwhelmed at times at the sheer volume of products when they go into a store. Many of us have product (did I admit that?) still in the orginal store bags because there is nowhere left to store it until we weed out and reorganize.
Yes, change is coming and iwith it our chance to help reshape the industry into something better. How? Well, let's learn how to be the trendsetters instead of the trend followers. Let's buy what we really like and what we really need. Let' not jump on the bandwagon to participate in a trend that we really never enjoyed and didn't like on our pages. Let's ask for the things we need and support the companies that create them. Let's be more selective consumers.
Let's stop taking ourselves so seriously and get back to having fun. I still have my decorative scissors somewhere and I'm not afraid to use them!!
There are some perks to being old and mellow. I think that it is only fair since we give up quite a few things such As good teeth, good eyesight, good bodies-you get the idea.
One of the perks is that we can scrap things out of order but as they are in relation to other things. For instance I can scrap my teen photos with my daughter's teen photos. I can do a page about how I was feeling in a particular photo along with my tears and fears and frustations on the same page as the happy outcome or the way the problem was solved.
I can do pages of myself from infancy to little ole ladyhood. I can go back and redo pages that I did as a teen with the perspective of maturity.
And I can be as silly as I want sometimes and people think that I'm due a bit of fun-since I'm old. I'm not strange-just eccentric! :-)
I love scrapbooking and I love the freedom from worry that I have now. I have left the world of contests and stress over them and it's such fun here on the sidelines cheering the rest of you on!