Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shed the "Shoulds"

I'm what I like to call an "instinctive" scrapper. That is to say, I'm not a technique junkie. I don't have a particularly unique style; I'm certainly not an innovator. I just like what I like, pulling pieces of this style and that into my PSE melting pot. Very little of it is's purely instinctive. And I'm okay with that. The fact is, I probably don't have much to say about scrapbooking that you haven't heard before...except, possibly, this:

You don't have to be technically savvy, unique or innovative to be a great scrapper.

Your pages don't have to look like the ones in the magazines. If you don't care for the current color trends or latest embellishment craze, it doesn't make you a bad person. Scrapbooking is a highly personal medium, subject to individual aesthetics. The most important criteria for creating a good page are these: 1. It should tell your story and 2. It should please your design sensibility. It should make you happy! And after that, it's just someone else's opinion.

There are blogs and dot-coms on every corner that want to help you scrap faster and better. I just want you to scrap like you.

So, what you'll find here is simply encouragement. Links to sites that I find inspiring. Maybe some broad-based tips. Certainly some freebies. Just general info that will support you in your creative process. Whether you're a paper-scrapper, digi or hybrid, I want to help you hone your instincts. My goal is for you to shed the "shoulds" and find the joy of scrapping by-the-seat-of-your-pants.

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