Tuesday, November 06, 2007

working hard for Cs

I can remember back in school realizing how blessed I was with almost effortless smarts in some areas. I could pick up anything to do with music, English and sciences, and with very little effort I could pull off straight As. Then I had good friends who worked SUPER hard in the same subjects for Cs and for them it was a total accomplishment to pass with that hard earned C.

We all have our areas of strength, it makes life well rounded and beautiful.

I have been getting quite a few emails from gals who are frustrated with themselves creatively and I just thought that you might like to know how it is for me with scrapbooking. Because I always picture my friend Ali puts out like 4 or 5 things on her scrap table and with her easy "embrace imperfection" attitude whips off a new masterpiece in under 5 minutes before settling in for a fresh cup of coffee. LOL! So if anyone out there is looking through a scrap magazine and feeling discouraged at the effort it takes them for what feels like "cs" or thinking that they are the only ones who have to work hard for what they make, think again. I Just thought maybe I should tell you something about me; Art has always been my passion- and the way that I could bring together everything I loved creating made scrapbooking a natural perfect fit for me. But that only means I LOVE everything about it. It doesn't for one second mean that it just falls into place like my effortless As back in school. Or like my vision of Ali's 5 minute masterpieces :) Scrapbooking has always been for me something I work really hard for. It takes a whole bunch of thinking and heart and time to make it all "work" on the page the way I see it in my mind. Of course there are times that things flow easier than others and those good flowing times are a delight. But most often I am working hard for Cs. It's not good, not bad, it is just fine... just who I am. And y'know what? I am good with that.

The thing is, I love details and telling stories and I seriously enjoy the puzzle of making it all work together on a page. I make what I make so that my beautiful girls will have the stories of their lives, so that they will know how special they are and so that in every detail they will always know how very much I love them. That means that it is always worth my time :)

Challenges make us better when we allow them to make us try harder. Be patient with yourself, you are just perfectly you wherever you are at and whatever your strengths are. I hope you can remember why you create and Love yourself for doing something wonderful :)


Blessings,
C.D.

14 comments:

mel said...

what a sweet thing to say! that was a very lovely post!

2H Design said...

Ever feel like someone is talking directly to you? Yep? Well then ya know how I feel right now. :) Great advice. Common theme in my life right now. Love me for me. Create for me. Play for me. Just have fun for me. Thanks for sharing!

Christina said...

Those were some good words of advice, thanks!

Lisa said...

I love this CD! What a wonderful reminder for all of us who get frustrated from time to time :) I wonder if Ali really does spit out pages like that . . . if so maybe she could bottle it for us LOL!

Anonymous said...

And that is why I love reading your blog. You are so down to earth, so lovely, and your work is ALWAYS so inspirational! Thanks for reminding us all what scrapbooking is REALLY about.
Cheers,
Suzitee (from Australia)

Christina said...

Thanks, C.D. It does seem to be a common belief that the "pros" can whip out beautiful pages at breakneck speed, while the rest of us work hard at pages that we view as "mediocre."

But I'm learning that sometimes the pros spend more time on their pages than the commoners.

Anna-Marie Still said...

Here! Here! I totally agree! Thanks for the reminder - While I generally don't feel discouraged, I do feel like I have to work harder than say, Ali, to put together a page I love. I obsess and switch things around alot! It definately is not effortless for me! But anything worth doing is work - as long as you love your work, you are in a good place!

Thanks for the sweet reminder!

Macon said...

Thanks so much for your encouragement. Sometimes I'm too wrapped up in getting it done and forgetting to enjoy the process. After all, this is suposed to be fun for me!

Kelli said...

You're the best C.D.! Your blog today is really so encouraging! I have a set of pictures that having been hanging around for a year and half and this last weekend I decided to let go the idea of doing the perfect book for them and just get the pictures and the stories down on paper before they're gone out of my head. I am about two thirds of the way done now because I embraced this kind of attitude! Thanks!

Confessions of A Drama Mama said...

How beautiful!! You are an inspiration!

Lisa said...

a great post. i truly love your layouts--they are always beautiful!

Candice P.J. said...

This post is fantastic. You should RE-post it everyday on your blog - it's that good!

Rafaela said...

CD

You just described how I fell, and when you said that the reason you dothis is your lil ones, I realized, in 10, 20 years from now, my baby won´t care if the colors were just not that perfect together, she will treasure the final outcome. i will try to remember this when i am putting a project together. thank you soooo much!have a great Xmas!!!

Fafa from Brazil

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