A New Beginning

It is exactly a year since the first time I learned about acid and lignin free stuff..the first time i found out that there is another world that is scrapbooking. When i started, i felt relaxed while cutting up pp or figuring out what colors i want to use. I didn't realize that it was starting to take over my life. Most of my time were spent scrapping and if i wasn't scrapping, i was thinking of ideas for my next page. While giving my kids a bath, my mind was on what photo to use. Stressing about challenges and how to organize my stuff which took over our bedroom wasn't my vision when i started this hobby. I guess it was my fault.. I joined a lot of challenges and it literally burned me out. I had to scrap a few pages a week just to meet deadlines and it was too much for me. It became the center of my days and nights too.

My stuff are now in a closet, out of sight. But it was hard to forget the lovely flowers, chipboards and the smell of a package of pp hiding inside the linen closet. I couldn't resist it, so a few days later, i peeked and felt the familiar tingling whenever i look at them..And i realized that i should scrap again but this time, i will be in control...I made 1 measly layout that night, or rather started on it... it took me 1 whole week to finish the page..ugggh! here it is:
It felt good to do it again. When i found out about the "the gauntlet" contest at scrapperie, i knew i needed it to bring back my mojo. But this time, i am trying to be careful not to stress myself about it..Before, if i join a contest, i wanted to win. Who doesn't right? This time, i joined to have fun and enjoy the process. Win or loose, it's ok baby!

FIRST WEEK: scrap something about us. Our thoughts, what makes us sad, happy, or complete. Anything about us as long as it is not about being a mother or a spouse. Journaling is a must in all of the entries throughout the competition.


SECOND WEEK: make a card that is not a square, rectangle or circle.
THIRD WEEK: use a photo of a non-living thing in our pages.

And most important of all, I AM SORRY FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALL OF YOU WHO SENT ME EMAILS, MESSAGES AND I DIDN'T REPLY. THERE WAS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT. I KNOW I LOST A FRIEND OR TWO BECAUSE OF IT. AGAIN, MY APOLOGIES.

5 comments:

Megan A. said...
May 24, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I just want to say that I TOTALLY hear you! I have 'seen' you around a lot on challenges and boards and I totally admire your work! I had no idea that you had stopped scrapping, or that we had the same problem in common! I never actually stopped but I did get burnt out and take a break from challenges and stuff, and come back with the same desire as you, to enter challenges for the fun of it. I try not to keep track of when the announcements go up (except on my favorite boards of course) I figure that if I win, then someone will get in touch with me. Anyway, glad you are scrapping again!

and good luck with the gauntlet!

Lee i. said...
May 26, 2008 at 12:14 AM

welcome back! i think we all go through that phase. what matters most is that we know where we stand and where scrapbooking is in our list of priorities. glad you have your mojo back. and, this friend is still here. hehehe.

Liza said...
May 27, 2008 at 7:38 PM

good to see you again marj. i missed seeing your wonderful layouts. i guess it's a phase everyone goes through. what's important is you know your priorities. and, you're right, you should have fun with scrapbooking! you're such a great talent. welcome back!

Alby said...
May 27, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Hi Marj! Missed you girl. It's ok to take a break when we need to. I'm just glad you're back to doing what you love, without the stress this time.

Gorgeous layouts by the way.

Happy scrapping!

Ria Maningat-Mojica said...
June 1, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Hi Marj! Haven't dropped by in a while -- don't worry about beingurnt out -- it happens to everyone. You think that there's no pressure to scrap but joining all these contests, etc does bring on quite a bit of pressure. But eventually the scrapper in you will come back and then you'll feel more free to scrap only when you want to. Ingat!

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