It’s hard not to play that game.
Your projects just don’t look like that.
One of my more popular video posts last year was Snowflakes, Not Sheep, in which I offered permission to not follow along when “everyone” is doing a certain project.
In this week’s pep talk I want to extend that permission to the products, styles, and approaches you use in scrapbooking.
Last week I shared how I cobble together inspiration to create something new. You can use a similar strategy to write your own rules for scrapbooking and even stop playing the comparison game.
Let’s use a dating analogy. In dating, there’s something that brings you to the table… a simple attraction.
But as you get to know someone better, you figure out which parts of that person are compatible with you. If there’s a good match, you keep them around.
Scrapbooking, especially in the inspiration-overloaded online world, is like dating. For each project you look at, there’s an initial visual appeal that draws you in.
Under the surface there are story ideas, color combinations, technique examples, composition strategies, and more. When you begin to break it down and start asking “What do I like about this?” you can define the products, styles, and approaches that really get you excited.
From Pinterest to our own Spark magazine, the information you consume can help you craft your own unique rule book as a scrapbooker. Then, as you train your eye to look past just the prettiness, you can train your mind to stop comparing your one-of-a-kind style to anyone else’s.
The Weekly Pep Talk shares one strategy to help you simplify scrapbooking and focus on what matters most.