Friday, June 3, 2016

Updates on Scrapbooking and the Design Team Scene


One of my goals this year was to blog more. As you can see, it's June and I'm just now starting, so that's about right. Procrastinator extraordinaire right here. Anyway. A few updates about what's been going on in my world of scrapbooking.

In December 2015, I really felt that I needed to step back from the design team world. I spent most of the year on 4-5 teams (at once) including Bella Blvd, Crate Paper, American Crafts, and Elle's Studio. I also took on some special projects for Big Picture Classes, Gossamer Blue and Studio Calico. It was amazing. I've been scrapbooking since 2006, and to have my work recognized was so great. The feedback was great. The products were great. Even the motivation to scrap was great.

But.

The deadlines were taking a toll on me along with everything else. I have two little kids - 7 and 3. I have a husband, and a dog. And I work full time an hour from where I live. Oh and don't forget grad school. So something had to give. My terms with Elle's and Crate Paper were up in December. I resigned from American Crafts and Bella Blvd on good terms. I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all of these awesome and prolific companies, as it was always a dream of mine.

I have to tell you I spent most of January in a bliss-induced state. It was wonderful to no longer have 2-3 deadlines a week. I scrapbooked a little....but all for myself. There were no requirements, no deadlines. I could scrap just to scrap. It was awesome,

Then the opportunity came along to apply for the Studio Calico creative team. To say that this has always been a huge dream of mine would be an understatment. When I started scrapbooking, I thought 'if I could just make the American Crafts or Studio Calico team, then my life would be complete'. Exaggerating a bit, but you know. So I applied. And I was accepted! I was elated. This opportunity was perfect for me as we work on a rotating basis. A few months out of the year, opposed to every  month. So perfect for my life right now.

So that's that. I am enjoying the creative team at SC due to the relaxed requirements. I also have a few classes in development (three, to be exact) that will be coming later this year. I spent a little bit of time planning those this week and I am excited to get started. I have really been working on upping my video skills so hopefully these will give me the practice that I need.

Sometimes, you just have to understand that you can't do it all. And that's ok. If you want to hear more from me rambling on about this subject, you can listen to Tracie Claiborne's podcast, Live Inspired - the episode I was on can be found here. (side note: if you know me, you know that I am a complete and total podcast junkie, so the fact that I actually got to BE on a podcast was ridiculously surreal for me.)

My hope is to write and blog more as a means of memory keeping. If you follow Ali Edwards' blog, you know that she frequently blogs in real time and goes back later to take the journaling for her scrapbook pages. I totally love this approach. Writing is something that I have always wanted to do more of, and honestly grad school has helped me hone my skills a little. That and writing ridiculous reports at work. But whatever.

If you're a follower and not into reading personal stories, that's cool too - feel free to unfollow. Hopefully I'll be better about posting scrapbooking projects as well (no promises, lol).

If you want to keep up with me in real time, Instagram is the best place for that. Username jenchapin. I also upload all my scrapbooking projects to the Studio Calico gallery.

Next up, my story about a recent surgery and #issues. Stay tuned :)