October 23, 2008

It spoke to me.....

Have you ever seen a piece of paper or an embellishment and had that feeling? You know the one I'm talking about, like it was just meant for you to find and before you even know it you have an entire layout/project planned out in your mind?


Well, it happened to me last month when we were kit packing. For you to understand the pure thrill of this discovery, I need to give you some background information. You see, I am a scrapbook wannabe! I've always wanted to be super creative and come up with gorgeous layouts that could be published in a magazine. Instead I am plain old Lorie that didn't know the difference between embellishments and stickers when I first started working for April & Scarlet. Month after month, I've handled each piece of every kit, but I've never had that inspirational flash. Don't get me wrong, I've ooohhhed and aaahhhed over most of it and wondered how on earth you guys would use some of it, but nothing has ever spoken to me like the Tweedle Dee add-on did last month.


Kit packing is pretty repetitive, to be honest, it's mindless work....you pick up the papers first, put them in the bag as tight as possible to keep them from getting damaged, then you go back and gather the embellishments to place on top of the paper, seal the bag and presto...you're done! Last month, it wasn't such a mindless job for me. From the moment I walked in and saw the Tweedle Dee add-on laid out on the table, I started getting all of these ideas for how I would create a mini-album. At first it was a little scary, I've never really had any creative mojo and then all of the sudden BOOM there it is, ticking away in my mind! The three hours that it took me to pack the kit were gone in a flash and all I could think about was getting mine home to start working on my project. I couldn't wait to lay it all out and see what it would look like.


So there I was, sitting at my new desk, surrounded by all of the materials that I've collected over the last year, staring at my brown Studio Calico bag, terrified to open it. What if I couldn't get my vision out of my head? What if I messed it up? What if it looked terrible when it was done? All of these questions were thundering around in my brain....I had sweaty palms and a jittery stomach. Finally, I bit the bullet and opened the brown bag, carefully removing the red sticker to be saved for later use. As I laid all of the papers out on my desk, BAM, the visions that I had the first time that I saw the kit crowded back into my head and before I knew it I had 3 of the pages of the book completed! It just flowed out of my brain, to my hands and onto the chipboard. Techniques that I have read about on this very blog, came back to me and appeared on my chipboard. I must say, I was a little overwhelmed by my little book when I was finished and sat down and looked at it over and over again in awe! I had created this, I had actually sat down and pulled creative images out of my head and put them in an album. I was thrilled and elated, FINALLY I had done it! It was a revelation for me, a goal that I never actually thought that I would achieve, a new outlook on creativity and a new purpose to preserve the everyday happenings of life.


Without further adieu, here is my little project:









It wasn't until I had declared myself finished that I realized that there were no pictures in my little book. I considered reworking a couple of the pages and sneaking in one morning to try to get some candid photos of Natalee and Daddy as they sat at the desk, but in the end, I decided that it didn't need it. This project was about capturing my little one's art and saving it in a way that I could keep it forever, not about having pictures of her drawing. This too was an eye opening revelation for me....I always associate pictures with scrapbooking. This has been the dam that has kept my creativity at bay....I've finally knocked it down and now I have a true picture of what it is that all of you do when you sit down to create.



I finally understand that it is not about sitting down to "scrapbook" a page, it is about creating art that represents your life. The everyday happenings that you want to remember and preserve for generations to come. I'm no longer a wanna be scrapbooker, I am a novice artist!



Make sure to check out the blog tomorrow for a small history lesson about the sights of Bowling Green that inspired the kit names this month....there may also be a challenge involved, so stay tuned!

23 comments:

Heather Prins said...

Yay Lorie!!! that is so cool and exciting for you!! I love how you told the story and I love the mini - no photos needed! Welcome to the wonderful world of scrapping!!

angel31877 said...

OMG! I totally love it! You did a great job! I feel just like you. I am amazed at the beautiful projects everyone else is able to come up with wishing I could do it also. Maybe I just need to look at my products, and I'll get hit with the creative bug! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing! What mini book did you use? I love it!

Anonymous said...

I used the Maya Road mini that was in the Tweedle Dee add-on last month. I'll have to check with April and get you the specifics.
Lorie

Scarlet Namvong said...

Lorie, I love this! You are a great story-teller and this is a very inspiring post! Not to mention that your little album is precious. I'm so proud of you :)

mommy2alex said...

YAY Lorie!! That mini is beautiful!!! You did an outstanding job, what a treasure that little album is.

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april said...

lorie, i love this post! it brought tears to my eyes....this is what scrapping is all about! natalee will treasure this forever

naomi_m said...

Wow Lorie that's amazing. What a lovely thing to have and I think it's so great that it just came to you! The blog post is so well written as well. I was captivated from the first paragraph and wouldn't scoll down to the pictures til I had read it!! Well done.

danzer53 said...

wow! it looks great! so proud of you! cant wait to see what else you (finally) create!!!

Stormy said...

Love the album Lorie!

erin m said...

Congrats on joining the ranks of fellow scrapbookers!
Looking forward to seeing any future projects ;)

HL0517 said...

super cute mini book!!! Just perfect the way it is.

young.c-m said...

Great story! I just started scrapbooking as well, and what you said about creating art that represents your life...right on! Thanks for sharing.

ConnieC said...

Great little album. I hate that I was out of town last month and missed the reveal. I didn't get any of the add-ons. I'm totally inspired by your little mini and I need to figure out what I can use to recreate it. Thanks for sharing it.

Elisa said...

You're such a wonderful storyteller - the way you describe the feeling of doing something the first time, the elated feeling when you see the product of your creativity are so perfect.

You're a completely born scrapper - not only your first creation is amazing but you have the gift of writing. Welcome to scrapping!

Davinie said...

Lorie! This is fabulous! She is going to love having this little keepsake. You did such a great job!

Libera Family said...

Adorable. Boy, you sounded like I did when I first started. I'm glad you trusted yourself to capture these precious memories.

northcarmen said...

That is so awesome, Lorie!! Very original and wonderfully done. :)

Carmen.

Tiffany said...

i love the mini album!
and i love studio calico kits!

Nicole said...

Lorie, i am in tears over here.

i adore your book...your heart shows on every single page, and THAT is what this is all about.

xoxo

Emily Pitts said...

yay you! this is exactly what it's all about. exactly.

you can't go back now :)

Paula said...

This is super cool Lorie! So glad you got a vision & made this cutie.
I haven't touched my kit yet despite being desperate to play with Tweedledee, but its great to know I always have delicious goodies to hand when I'm ready to play.

creativelyouttacontrol said...

I love what you have created. It looks like you have scrap booked for years! You should be very proud of your creation! It's awesome.