Behind The Scenes: Bloggiversary Week: Competive Crafting
January 24, 2012
Another day. Another post to celebrate one year of blogging! I’m gonna hijack your attention for a little bit as I pontificate about this whole crazy crafting thing.
Really, I’ve got just one question – When did papercrafting become a competitive sport!? When I think about it, I have this vision of a bunch of ladies – adhesive in one hand and die cuts in the other – crafting to the death. Kind of like Gladiator – where the king will give a thumbs up to the best card and the others are carted off, never to be seen again. Of course, I’m being facetious…sorta.
I remember how shocked I was to find out how competitive the hobby could be. Who’s on what design team. Who’s a “name.” Who’s won what challenges. It’s really quite crazy-making! And in all honestly, there was a decent amount of time when I got sucked in the crazy competition of it all – and soon after – I wrote this Cards & Confessions post.
Thankfully, since that post, I’ve stuck to my word and been a lot less hard on myself and a lot less competitive about this hobby. I post things that I love and if others do too – it’s a bonus.
As I’ve grown into my own crafting style, I’ve also found myself being much less competitive and much more realistic with myself. Truth of the matter is – there are some things I’m good at and there are some things I just can’t do well. For example, no matter how many times I try to do shabby chic – it’s just not gonna work. No matter how many vintage inspired stamp sets I purchase – Melissa Phillips, I will never be. If I need something shabby chic – I’d better case it or just give up. I feel comfortable in my niche and if I create something shabby – it’s purely by chance, not because I put the pressure on myself the do it.
With this change, I’ve noticed that I participate in far fewer challenges. I find much more enjoyment in creating the projects that just pop into my head, rather than the ones that are dictated by a color scheme or a particular theme. I enjoy the creative freedom of making whatever I’d like to make! I’m sure I’ll get back into the challenge thing, but for now, I’ve got lots of ideas that I’m so excited to share!
Now- with all that said – I do still hold myself accountable for the atrocities that I’ve posted in the past…which brings me to today’s “do-over.” When I searched through the last year of posts, this card stood out as one of my absolute least favorite. What was I thinking! I’m embarrassed to even post it again here! YOWZAS!
All that embossing and fussy cutting and vellum and more embossing and gold ball things and distressing – geeez! Entirely. too. much. happening. here. And for the love of God, why did I think it was a good idea to photograph this against a neon green background. Funny thing is – Andrew loves this card and another one of my girlfriends said she loves it too! I guess we each have our own taste, huh?
Well, I needed to rectify this shambolic mess of a card…so here we go…
I pulled a few elements from the original and created something much more clean, simple and true to my current style. This layout would be great for a masculine Valentine’s Day card – just change up the sentiment.
Phew! I feel much better about this! I’ll sleep better tonight!
Now – I know I said there would be a giveaway today, but I’ve changed things up a bit thanks to a great suggestion made by Rochelle. I’m gonna have a little Do-Over Blog Hop!
We all have a few of those “what was I thinking” projects – and now it’s time to make things right by recreating them in a way that makes you happy!
On January 31st , I’ll randomly select THREE blog hop participants to receive a prize package full of papercrafting goodies! I can’t wait to see your makeovers!