Me. Circa 2007.
So. It's been, what, 13 months?
And can I say, it's been the BEST 13 months? EVER?
Yes. Yes, I can.
I so needed this break. I needed to spend some time living in the present, doing all the kajillion things I wanted to do, and not worry about having to photograph each and every one of them (in the best light), then spend an hour editing them so that I can post them up here, and then stress that I used bad grammar or might offend someone with my (I've been told) smart-ass personality. BLLLLAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH. So, I guess you could say that BURNOUT is probably a nice, round, little description of me around about last May.
And in all honesty, the only reason I really started this blog in the first place was so that I could pursue the design teams that I wanted. Isn't that how it works? And I went through all the motions, and worked my ass off, and LOVED it. But. And there's always a but. It was a whole lotta work for not a lot in return. And that's not to say the the manufacturers and teams that I was involved with weren't gnerous - they really were - but it's hard to look at that diploma you've spent six years on and think, "So, I scrapbook for a living. And by living, I mean an endless assortment of paper pads, chipboard stickers and enough ribbon to hang myself with." Yeah.
I made the decision to step back a bit from the "I want to" teams to the "I need to" work. Which is why working for EK Success was such an amazing experience. It kept me in lots of fun supplies. It kept me feeling challenged to create outside of my comfort zone. It kept me excited about what was going on in the industry. And it paid. And THAT, my friends, is rare.
So I enjoyed it while it lasted. And when my boss got laid off last year, I was so bummed. But, I was about four months preggo at the time, and knew that I had a plate full of other work to tackle to prepare for mommyhood that would keep me nice and busy. And maaaaaan, was I busy!
There are a whole mess of other stories to tell about May 2013 - now, and I'll tell them eventually, but just suffice it to say that it was a crazy, exciting, sometimes stressful, amazing year. My sister got married, I severed ties with some seriously poisonous people that I just didn't need in my life, we took a great vacation, I officially became a housewife, we tackled lots of projects at the house, and then a really big project that we like to call Baby Reed.
So uh, yeah, just do what you're gonna do. I'll just chill. Take me a little nappy, cuz man, that was a workout.
Fast forward five months.
Life is good. So good in fact, that I'm a little scared to commit myself back here. I don't want to worry about writing this or that post so much that I miss one little thing about this kid growing up. But, at the core of it, I do want a place to record some of these memories, projects, and to also share in some good finds I find. Things will be different than before, though. Part of the problem last year was doing Project Life and blogging and Instagraming and Facebooking all at the same time. To share the same photos/stories/projects/info. That's a whole lotta clicking around and time sucking that I just don't care to do.
My plan is this:
Focus on Project Life and Reed's baby book, which is also going to be in Project Life format. That is where my memories will be kept. That's where I will refer to when I'm feeling nostalgic. I'll post the layouts here as they are complete - hopefully monthly, if I can get myself back on track...
Then, I'll have a weekly Tuesdays with Baby Reed photo, like the one above and a Throw Back Thursday photo with maybe a little story from way back when.
Those are the for sures. I know I can make those work.
The in-between is what I have to work on. There are tons of projects and things I want to share, but I am making no promises that any of it will make it here. If it does, it does. If it doesn't, well then, it's in my albums and there will just be a snapshot of it here. And that's gonna have to be good. Not that anyone cares - it's just that somehow, if I type it out, it's more of a commitment, ya know?
As I type this, though, I realize I'm already fibbing. Because in the middle of figuring out what to say, I got a message from my friend Noel, asking if I would be a part of her design team for her kit club at noelmignon.com, which is seriously, with absolutely no bias, one of the most amazing kits you could ever hope to get. I was on the team a couple of years ago and loved it, and it's just so awesome that the stars aligned right when I was trying to get back on the wagon here that she would come along and invite me back. So there's the first commitment I've made to craftiness in almost a year.
And it's terrifying.
I feel like a total fraud. Sure, I'll be on your design team, even though I haven't scrapbooked in a year, and have a 2013 PL that is missing nine months, and a 2014 that's completely empty, except for the 12 3x4 calendar cards I managed to print and cut. So yeah. It should be interesting. But that's generally when I find the most creativity comes out of me - when I have absolutely no clue or preconceptions or plan of any kind. So we'll see...
For now, I leave you with this...