random is good. I like random. I like throwing out a few thoughts and seeing how you head them back to me. But how about, every so often, we narrow it down? Choose a topic for our thinking out loud and go for it? What we think, a few favourite tips maybe, a good link or two? Shall I start?
...with being yourself in your scrapbooking
- A thought brought to me by what I'm starting to realise is the peril of Pinterest. I've always been a fan. But here's the thing - too much looking at Pinterest stops me from being me. I see all the beautiful pages, I look at all the layout ideas I want to try, different styles I admire: I want to make all of them! Where does the inspiration stop and the "me" begin? I can't be the only one who feels like this? Blogs, books, magazines, classes - I love them all; but lately I've been trying to concentrate on simple shuffling of paper and seeing where it takes me. And yet, and yet...maybe being yourself means accepting that you'll be open to outside influences, learning, changing, experimenting? Using those influences to the good, to help you decide what you love?
- that's starting to sound like finding a voice in your scrapbooking. Making pages about the real you. Someone once observed to me that a lot of my pages were about things. It's partly true. The layouts I show on here are often about things. Or at least have a photo of an object rather than a person. Some of the ones about people are tucked away in my albums. They won't appear here. Surely I'm not the only one who does that, too? The privacy of my family and friends is important to me. I don't share everything we do. But I do try to make the pages all the same. Simply making the ones which appear here? Now that wouldn't be the real scrapbooking me. Oh, but..and yet, and yet..many of the blogs I'm drawn too are open and honest and full of real life...so much to think about...
Or maybe we should just get back to scrapbooking? What do you think? How do you achieve the real you on your pages?
Sian I Am, which seems to fit today, originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Scrap365 magazine Check out the blog here - or how about joining in the sketch challenge at Sketchbook365 here?