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  • Great post Peppermint.

    January 01, 2012
    • Thank you, Anna! Happy New Year!

      January 01, 2012
  • Tiffany Tillman

    You’ve said what’s been on my heart for a long, long time. Awesome!

    January 01, 2012
  • Loved this. It’s good to examine what we really love about our craft/hobbies in order to get to the fundamentals of what gives us joy in what we do. For me it’s documenting my experiences, whether it’s on my blog or in Project Life, or journaling digitally or in my old school journal. For you it’s different. For others it’s different. It’s all okay.

    January 01, 2012
  • Kat

    Thanks for the wonderful post!

    January 01, 2012
  • Kayla

    Amen to this!

    Right now I am happiest when I just create a layout when inspired. The long term projects overwhelm me – even though I love seeing everyone else doing them.

    I am also happiest when my photos are organized with the stories in the metadata because then I’m not stressed about “catching up” I can just create from my heart.

    You said it so well – LOVE this post!!

    January 01, 2012
    • I love when I’m organized, too. I just tagged all my previews in Lightroom last week! I was inspired by Steph’s rave reviews. I was so behind in ACDSee that catching up was too daunting.

      It’s all part of the evolution of my Photo Flow. :)

      January 01, 2012
  • Cindy

    I’m pinning your “Sometimes I have to remind myself…” graphic – that’s brilliant. I need to say that to myself at least once a day.

    January 01, 2012
    • I need the reminder,too. The image originally came from Pinterest but their embed code messes up my blog – if you click on it in the post above it goes to my pin there.

      January 01, 2012
  • YES. And Amen. And YES. I do love the “projects” but I’ve fallen away from what I love most and it’s made me feel uncreative. This post..your heart shared here..is the embodiment of so much of what I’ve been feeling for months. Thank you for this.

    January 01, 2012
    • Uncreative isn’t even in the ballpark of words I think of when I think of you, Ms. Gleason, but I understand you completely.

      January 01, 2012
  • Looks like you’ve stirred up a lot of emotions here Peppermint … who knew there were so many scrappers out there were feeling like they were “just going through the motions”? Does this mean you’ll be taking a step back from designing? I sincerely hope not, but I’d understand if you were. It seems like 2012 is going to be a year of streamlining, simplifying and reconnecting for a lot of friends. As for me? I’m happiest when I don’t feel any pressure to have to create, kwim? So creating just for me, because I want to, not because I have to. Definitely a thought provoking post.

    January 02, 2012
    • I won’t be taking a break from designing, no. I’m always happy when I’m working on products – its a great creative outlet for me and I love being a part of other people’s memories. I like knowing that people trust me to be a part of that.

      January 02, 2012
  • I feel like every time I read your post it’s like you speak what’s in my heart as well. Bravo, fabulous woman! :) i’m making 2012 all mine: doing what brings me joy and gives my life meaning. My streamlining has started, and I’m hoping and hopeful I’ll keep it up this year. Thank goodness for ladies like you who bring the awesome inspiration :)

    January 02, 2012
  • Leonie -Australia

    Yep I feel the same, I take on way to many projects, end up with a heap of “stuff” whirling around in my creative brain, then rushing through them to get them done, & not enjoying the process. Time to look at what I really want to get better at,what I enjoy doing, & what gives me satisfaction at the end of it, instead of running around like a headless chook!!LOL

    January 02, 2012
  • Angie Hinksman

    Words to live by!

    January 02, 2012
  • Bells have just gone off, I swear! Reading this I’m nodding away because I made a post earlier on my blog essentially similar. No big year long projects for me either this year, and I tellyou when I made the decupision it warlike a weight was lifted from my shoulders, and I thought, hey, it’s not meant to be like this! This is meant to be fun, scratch my creative itch, etc. I had made it into a chore during 2011 trying to keep up.

    Great post, so glad others are feeling and deciding the same.

    January 02, 2012
  • Ahhh flipping pre emptive text… I made the decision, it WAS LIKE a weight was lifted… LOL

    January 02, 2012
  • This is so well put. I am always glad when a new year starts and I can rethink how I want to document this year’s memories. Thanks for your insight! Looking forward to seeing what products you come up with this year!!!

    January 02, 2012
  • Claire

    I love seeing you scrap. It’s very inspiring. I’m all for seeing more of it. And good for you for examining and getting back to what you love.

    January 02, 2012
  • blurooferika

    I bet this blog entry resonates with a lot of your readers, Peppermint. I know it did me. I applaud your ability to step back from the clutter and the projects ticked off your list to ponder deeply, “Did this make me happy?”

    I’ve been eyeing the Project Life stuff as well; I love the organizational, customizable aspect of it, but at the end of the day, I thought, “Do I want to spend a lot of my (limited) time doing a project that involves a lot of busy work and that will feel like a huge commitment and a failure if I don’t do it regularly?” It was an epiphany moment.

    I’m glad you had your’s, too. For 2012, I wish everyone their own epiphany about how they most want to spend their leisure time. Cheers!

    January 02, 2012
  • Gosh, I can so relate to this post, especially the part about feeling like you hit your scrapbooking peak in 2009. I’ve been feeling this way too lately, kind of like I’ve been on autopilot for the past year and half or more when it comes to my layouts and storytelling because my focus has been pulled in so many different directions.

    I actually loved AWITL – the photo book I created in July was my favorite project I’ve done in a long, long time. But my attempt at Project Life fizzled out pretty quickly as I realized that while I loved the concept and the one spread I created, I didn’t really care to spend that amount of time every week keeping up with it.

    And I think that’s the key to projects – realizing what works for you and not being afraid to say no when something doesn’t work out, especially if keeping up with it comes at the expense of telling the stories you really love.

    January 02, 2012
  • Maribeth

    Thank you for sharing your heart. Your words set my own feelings free.

    January 03, 2012
  • Maribeth

    Thank you for sharing your heart. Your words set my own feelings free. Happy 2012. :)

    January 03, 2012
  • Oh I feel like I could have written this post! Well, probably not because I am so far from as eloquent as you as can be, but oh yes to all that you said!

    Projects … while the structure and organisation really speaks to me, they are far too overwhelming and stressful to a person who feels like everything she does needs to be done perfectly. Doing things from inspiration is often much more gratifying than doing something just because it has to be done or the project is messed up.

    I also had to laugh at not loving paper, or even hybrid. I wrote this on my fb page just before Christmas as I was trying to make a hybrid gift for someone: “I am constantly reminded that I like digi crafts so much better than the IRL kind – many swear words later, and with glue everywhere, here I am trying to work out how to glue that flipping thing down.”

    So yeah, thank you for speaking my mind! :)

    January 03, 2012
  • mizbee

    Peppermint, you voice the “issue” that seems to plague most designers. When the work gets in the way of the fun and joy of creating. I’m most happy when I begin a project without a clear goal. I love having great pages done, and giving them to family is always a plus. But my greatest joy is the process of creating. Finding what works with what, solving creative decisions and always always, stretching myself as an artist. That’s what gives me the most personal joy and what fills up my engines so I can attend to my creative “day job”.

    Best of luck is your creative journey, I have faith in you!

    January 04, 2012
  • Ginger

    Thanks for this Peppermint. I read your post, then read a post from Jenny Lawson (the Bloggess) bravely discussing her battle with depression and I realized that 2012 has the awesome potential to be the year of authenticity. A wonderful, courageous commitment to getting at the truth of who we really are. And then speaking that truth. You’ve started us all in the right direction girl.

    January 04, 2012
  • Ha ha! This is wonderful to read. This is exactly why I started “Tell Your Story Every Day” this year.

    I’m tackling PL and I couldn’t be happier doing it in paper. That’s because my heart has ALWAYS been with paper scrapbooking. But I’m finding that I love the tiny 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 size. 12 x 12 can be so intimating, I think.

    But for the last 4 years, while I tried to love my digital layouts, I was so sad and I was NOT recording the stories of our lives. I am so happy that I have found a practical way to do this now.

    Everyone is different. We all have to find what we love and enjoy it! I’m happy you found your way through the wilderness. Because you are an amazing scrapper. :)

    January 17, 2012
  • ^intimidating. Gaah! I cannot ever seem to spell that word. o_O

    January 17, 2012

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