My recent foray into the cardmaking and stamping world has been both fun, surprising and not without a price tag. And some people are all, “Cathy, what the hell? This is so unlike you.” And I get it. I do.
But last week when I was trying to justify yet another purchase of Copic markers, I realized this excitement and this newness was the exact same thing I felt when I discovered scrapbooking all those years ago.
You know the story, right? It started in 2002 when an Archiver’s store opened near my hometown. I walked in, I took a good long look around, and I was all, “Cathy, what the hell?” More or less. I left that first day with two magazine’s in hand (Ivy Cottage and the inaugural issue of Simple Scrapbooks), and proceeded to return each day for about a week to begin my amassing of All The Things.
Because that’s how it goes. You discover something you didn’t know about and for whatever reason, it seems like something you might just like. And in order to properly engage, you need the things, which often translates to working toward All The Things.
Over the years, I’ve had an awful lot of scrapbook things. I’ve got a very packed
dining craft room that’ll vouch for me. I’ve got stuff stashed in places even I have forgotten. But make no mistake, when I started out, I needed to play with the things in order to figure out how the hobby was going to shake out. I did the same thing with jewelry making in the late 90s. That lasted about for about two months and two pretty awful necklaces. But like other crafty things, I had to get at least the very Core Things to make jewelry. And so, I did.
But with scrapbooking, it felt different. It felt like the perfect storm of all the things I loved: photos, words and design. OH, and computers. Playing with computers to make stuff? Fuggedaboutit! I was so all in.
Of course, I found an online community (Hello, Two Peas) and made life long friends and industry connections that remain to this day. Long story short: crafty people can be really great people.
And then it turned into a career when I brought my actual skill set to the table (journalism and graphic design), and here we are today. (To read the complete story of my evolution in this crafty world, read this series.)
But it started with wanting All The Things.
Of course, I moved into a scrapbooking mindset where I realized over time I didn’t need all the things. I just needed real stories, some photos and an embellishment here or there. And maybe once I have some of the core things for cards and stamps, I’ll realize the same thing.
But I have to tell you, right now? Learning about all the things in this new crafty area is really exciting to me. And fun. And it reminds me how integral making shit is to my creative self.
I may end up making the exact same card design six ways to Sunday, but that would be okay. I’ve been doing the same style of layouts for 10 years and I still step back after each one is completed and say, “Daaaaaamn, girl!”
And that is a good thing.
Do I think you need All The Things to actually create? No. Definitely not.
But it sure is fun trying.