The other day I was having a phone meeting with Catherine, my friend and also the publisher (and my employer) of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. Commenting about my recent foray into cardmaking, and the accompany barrage of sharing on my CZ Design Instagram account, she said, “Man, when you go all in, you really go ALL IN.”
It’s kind of true. This is not the first time I’ve heard this. Just about 28 years ago, it was one of my traits that drew Dan into my circle. He loved my all in approach to life. Now, what he didn’t know then and he clearly knows after a lifetime with me, the all in has its upsides and its downsides.
Upside: I get shit done.
Downside: I neglect to clean my house, do laundry or plan meals.
Upside: I immerse myself in whatever it is that I’m all in on.
Downside: I spend a bit too much money to do so.
Upside: I am focused and methodical.
Downside: Well, I know there are downsides on this one but right now, they’re escaping me.
I have always loved having a new thing. Scrapbooking was that thing in 2003, meaning, it was new then. I did the same thing as I’m doing with cards. I dove in full throttle because something just clicked.
Last night, I literally lost track of time working on a card. I started after dinner and then it was 9:30 and it felt like I’d blinked. And the kicker was I was having so much fun doing it. I kept going into the family room where Dan and Cole watching the Wild Game and trying to explain to them how CRAZY cute the Wink of Stella effect was on my tiny planet. You have to picture this: middle aged mother showing 17-year-old son how the glitter looks on a tiny stamped and die cut planet. I’m sure it would have been hilarious to the casual observer.
But me? I was just swooning over the process. (And yes, I’ll be sharing that card and process next week, if I can figure out how to replicate it.)
Year ago Dan was using a metaphor to explain how we were different. I may have shared this before, but it bears repeating…
He said, “Let’s say that I’m interested in learning more about Amish culture. I would go to the library, maybe check out a book or two, and see what I could learn. You? You become Amish.”
Again, there are upsides and downsides, friends.
But the feeling of having a creative injection is making every part of my life a little more infused with joy.
And also knowing that we create our own passion. No one does this for us, right? If you nurture it… if you cultivate it… it grows.
There may also be Copic markers involved.
p.s. check back tomorrow for some fun news from me regarding stuff I make!