I few random thoughts that are perhaps of no interest to anyone but me.
1. I first became interested in scrapbooking again (I actually made the school scrapbook my senior year as one my officer responsibilities) when I was up feeding "K" late at night. I found two peas in a bucket.com and would nightly be inspired by the new look of scrapbooking. 2peas had just opened their site and it opened up a new world of art for me.
2. A couple of years later I figured out that if I looked at scrapbooking supplies in the same way I did fabric designs and elements started to flow. I began to submit pages and began to be published. I decided to enter the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame contest and won that year (2004).
3. I was asked and joined the design team at 2peas in 2004 and work there until 2006 as a Garden Girl (link to some of my work). (my garden girl gallery). That was such a great place to work and I learned a great deal and made some wonderful friends. So much has changed there. Many of the girls I worked with have moved on to different areas. It was fun thinking about that time.
4. I also started working with magazines (CK, Scrapbooks Etc. primarily, but Memory Makers and Paper Crafts as well) and more manufacturers (7 Gypsies, Basic Grey, American Crafts, Chatterbox, SEI, Karen Foster to name a few) I can remember. I was a collaborator on a few books and worked constantly. I would scrapbook in every possible moment, but with 6 small children those were few.
5. Then I left. I walked away from most of it in 2006. I didn't like the drama. Oh the drama!!! I also found that everything I did was to sell a product. I would get emails asking me to make this or that particular product look good... make it sell. I wasn't tell our stories any more. A hobby became and job and the job benefits did not out weigh the costs. I was asked to travel and start teaching, which would have been a great opportunity, but that wasn't the career I had chosen. So I walked away.
6. I thought I was done with scrapbooking. I thought quilting would be my only hobby, but I think I was wrong. I still enjoy the creative process. I needed a break. I needed to step back, wait a few years and remember. It will be interesting to see what this new phase brings.
As I hear your stories of the teachers we shared (crazy to think that some are still there) and when walk down the hall with you I am reminded of my days in this school. Memories are hung on the walls visual reminders of past friends, events, and moments that filled those days. Many teachers have retired. Some have passed away.There have even been some peers who have died in the prime of their lives. I would do things differently now. I wouldn’t worry so much about what others thought of me. I would search out the friendless. I would try and make a difference. I hope that I would try and learn more. Take advantage of the knowledge these great teachers had to impart. But then that is the wisdom of experience. Looking back, understanding more, and realizing what is truly important. This is what allows me to help you when people are mean to you, or when you don’t get asked to the dance. Wisdom, to remind you to cheer for the underdog and ignore the voices that try and pull you in every direction.
papers: Amy Wolff (lily pad), Shabby Princess
template: Cathy Zielsky (Designer Digitals)
flower: Valorie Wibbins (lily pad)
paint: Stalin Studio
date stamp: Jennifer Barrett (scrapmatters)