Well hello, you.
I haven’t written a personal blog post in what feels like forever, so today, I thought I’d do just that. For shits and giggles, as they say.
Here’s what’s been up with me:
I am a full-time card maker. For the past year or so, I didn’t realize that YouTube and making cards was going to become such a big part of my professional life. But that is exactly what has happened and I could not be happier. True, I have other jobs that I work at (art director for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, product designer for Simon Says Stamp), but creating tutorials has emerged to be equally as important in the scheme of my work life. I could not be happier about this, as moving into card making has re-energized me creatively and professionally.
I know some of you may miss Cathy the Scrapbooker, and I still ADORE that hobby, but I like to say you have to follow your creative bliss and if you ain’t feeling it, you walk away. Plus, I still have ALL the pages and albums I created to savor. It’s all good, friends.
That said, when you see me using ALL THE THINGS in my videos, remember: this is my job now, and you do NOT have to have all the things like me. But I DO hope you can take design inspiration from every card I share!
And seriously? Just by watching my videos you help my business! So thank you!
My offspring are doing well in their lives. My daughter has recently passed the bar and is moving into her professional life as an attorney and my son is in his senior year of college, and continues to play music in what spare time he has. I am so very proud of them both but don’t tell their stories here anymore. They are truly amazing humans.
My hubby, Dan, is also doing well. He works his little tushka* off for his 5th and 6th grade students. He loves his now six-year-old career as an elementary school teacher.
*seriously. His butt is so much smaller than mine. Ain’t that how it goes?
Speaking of Dan… we are celebrating 30 years of marriage next week. It’s not perfect but I still like him more than most people I know. We have worked hard on making ourselves better people, thanks to continuing therapy. And the work continues. He is a good man and I’m so grateful for our lives together. And we have an empty nest. Most of the time.
I am still obsessed with nail polish. I wrote about this several months back, but painting my nails is the way I disconnect from the stress of life. It’s probably healthier than cheap red wine (although I’ve done my fair share of that since the pandemic started!), and the end result? Pretty nails.
I know I’ve convinced many of you to hop on the Olive & June train, and the feedback you give me? We love this stuff, too!
I am also an affiliate for Olive & June, so every purchase you make, I get a small percentage of the sale and as a self-employed queen, every little bit helps! And if you are buying your first full mani or pedi system and use my code, OJCATHYZ20, you save 20%. It’s good stuff!
Other than that, life is good. Sure, I’m a little rounder at present and deal with anxiety and a myriad of little tweaks and pains in my wrists and hands, but other than that, I’m alive and well.
I have deeply supportive and meaningful friendships. I have a home and the means to take care of myself and my family. It’s not lost on me the privilege of being in my life every day.
Makes me want to work harder. Be better. No pun intended.
Until next time, crafty friends! Carry on!