Why I Love This Art

This is a freeing artform. Truly. It allows me to indulge so many aspects of my creative being. From my love of writing, to my love of color expression.

This is not a new realization for me. Not by any means. Rather, this is a reminder that came out of a fun little project I did recently. I had such a great time putting this little faux purse together, and realized that I really need to work in 3 dimentions more often. I've been too constrained to that 12x12 paper lately.

3 Bugs in a Rug papers, L'il Davis Key, Architexture rivets

Self Promotion: Tip #1

This is a tough industry to break into. So I've decided to offer a bit of help to those struggling to get that foot in the door. Not that I'm an expert, but we can all grow together, right?

So Tip number 1 is:

Put together a resume. Yes, a resume. If you don't have any published work, write a bio and add some of your current work, your best work, to it. You can include things that are relevant to your goals. If you want to be on a design team, include experience you have that's relevant. Like a job where you had to meet deadlines. Explain the relevance (important, because some may not understand why you listed your experience as a paralegal on a scrapbooking resume).

Try online resume services like www.scrapbookresume.com, or sign up for a free Blog, or build and host your own page. But make sure to link to a gallery of some kind so that people can see your talent and what you have to offer them.

Finding Your Style

Can you look in a magazine or online gallery and recognize certain scrappers work by their style? Have you ever wondered what “your style” is? Me too. Sometimes I feel so eclectic that I can’t put my finger on a particular style. Maybe it’s because I’m too close to my own work.

Here is something I have found to be helpful in “finding your style”. First, cruise online galleries, take notes on things you like or don’t like and ask yourself WHY you like or don’t like them. Write it down. Thumb through magazines and do the same thing. Now, sit down with your own scrapbooks, and try to look at them objectively with the same eyes. Take notes. Write down what you like and don’t like. See if you can find some of the same elements in your work that you liked in the work you reviewed in galleries and magazines. You might be surprised at the results!