I am who I am

I've debated whether or not to post this. I like to keep the blog upbeat and positive. But I've learned over the years that there's a fine line between constant positivity and B.S. No one's life is perfect. No one gets everything they want every time. Life is about celebrations AND disappointments and learning lessons along the way.

From http://walkingonseashells.tumblr.com

I did not make the Kaisercraft design team. It was disappointing. While I'm very proud to have made it to the Top 25, obviously I wasn't what they were looking for. And after seeing the entries of those who were selected for the final team, I can see why. That's not my style. I was trying to make my style fit their product, and it just wasn't going to happen. I should've known when I received the product they wanted me to use for my final entries...it's not something I would've ever chosen to create with.

It started me thinking about what my "style" really is. I've never really been able to describe it because it seems to change all the time. Sometimes it's influenced by other scrappers, by the product I'm working with, by what I've seen in a magazine -- it's constantly evolving.

I looked back at the layouts I did early on, before I started the whole publication and design team pursuit. They're much cleaner and simpler than what I do now. I miss that. It was much faster...much less pressure...much more "me."

One thing I say a lot is: I am who I am...take it or leave it. I'm honest (probably to a fault) and opinionated and outspoken. I'm easily distracted, impulsive and moody. I'm most definitely NOT a perfect mother or wife or employee or volunteer. And I'm okay with that. Because the people who matter don't mind, and the ones who mind don't matter.

And that's the attitude I need to have about crafting/scrapbooking/etc. I need to be true to me and to my style -- whatever that is. If I inspire someone along the way, that's fabulous. But the reason I started doing this (and the reason I will keep doing it) is because I love what I create. It makes me happy. And that's enough.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'll leave you with one of the projects I created for my Kaisercraft entry, using their new "Velvet" line. It's nice, but it's not "me."

I do really love the flower I created using a strip of black lace and a Gluber.

I doubt this layout will ever be in my scrapbook...I think I can do something with this photo that I'll love much more. Maybe something simple...


Paula-Scrap Addict said...

I agree! I wouldn't want to be on a DT that doesn't embrace my style either... kuddos to you for being who you are

Kim said...

You are AWESOME,just the way YOU are!! If "someone" doesn't like you or your style, it's THEIR LOSS!! Words to live by! My layouts are ALL OVER! LOL!! Some are clean and simple some are FANCY, but they are MY Memories. I won't scrapbook to make someone ELSE Happy and I don't think ANYONE SHOULD!! YOU ROCK for keeping true to you!! Now, where's that Vodka? LOL!! Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

adele holcomb said...

This is a very nice LO (and I love the flower too); but it doesn't seem inspired. I love, love, love all the work you did at Coordinates Collections, and I'm guessing those reflected the real you, limited only by the contents of the kits. I think you are smart to step back and be yourself, pleasing yourself. You are a talented and creative lady, regardless of whether or not you are chosen for anyone's DT!

Melissa D. said...

A wonderful perspective! Be true to *you*!

DIANA L. said...

Your card is very pretty-- i like your style- there is always something better around the corner.

DIANA L. said...

Oh sorry-- I meant layout

Jodi Releford said...

Good for you Robyn! I have come to a very similar conclusion myself. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of design teams, sketch challenges, and publication and lose the meaning of why we scrap. Sometimes it' fun to try a new style or product, but if you can't be yourself, it just becomes work. You aren't getting paid enough for that. :) Happy Scrapping!

Michelle said...

Hey I "know" you...think we were on Clip it Up! together...just popped over from the PTI forum. REALLY surprised to read this....that even people as good as you don't just snap their fingers and get on every design team they want. OK, I don't mean it like that...but you're like....really really talented. Nice to hear though that you're keeping things in perspective and trying to be true to yourself....at the end of the day, we're the only people who are going to be true to ourselves anyway ;)

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