Monday, November 1, 2010

Taking a New Direction

Oh my word, it has been almost a whole week since I've shared anything with all of you. I have actually been very busy crafting and stamping but not doing a lot of blogging. I began to think about why that was and was actually surprised to realize that I just didn't want to blog at all! So I took a little time for reflection and discovered that I had begun to think of blogging as a job (that I'm not getting paid for!) instead of a fun past time. I suspect that this is in large part to do with challenge chasing. Everyday, I read all the challenge lists and pick and choose the ones I think I can do and then create a card for it. Next comes the uploading and the linking to the various challenges and then commenting on as many cards as I can, in hopes of getting some traffic back to my blog with some comments as well. I realized that I was spending upwards of 2-3 hours everyday just doing that and that my card creating had become about doing what was appropriate for all the particular challenges instead of tapping into my own creativity.
So, I'm going to change things up a bit. I'm going to go back to participating in the standard daily challenges I participated in when I first started blogging a few years ago. That's right, one challenge per day, that is all!
I also thought it would be fun to focus on a particular theme or product each week and make my own challenge to create something around that each day. To start things off, this week I will be focusing on patterned paper. I got some pattern papers from Two Peas over this past weekend and I couldn't wait to dive right into them. The first card I am sharing today is for yesterday's Mojo Monday 163 sketch challenge. This sketch was perfect for being able to showcase some pattern paper since the image panel was small. I chose Not Quite Navy from SU as my base and then added a piece of paper from my new Crate Paper "Restoration" mini deck. The papers in this collection are gorgeous and they are double sided as well. The piece of gray around the image panel is just the other side of the floral paper. I matted it with a Regal Rose and then added a piece Vanilla. At the top of the image panel I put a piece of Basic Grey's Kraft Ribbon Doilies. I stamped the circle in the middle from Little Yellow Bicycle's "Zinnia" Collection with Regal Rose ink. The sentiment at the bottom is also from the same set and I stamped it with Charcoal Grey Fluid Chalk ink by Color Box.
Have a good day everyone!

9 comments:

marsha said...

Dori,
Good for you! It is too easy to become a slave to the things we enjoy. So glad you were able to identify the problem and then take steps to fix it! I recently went through a similar problem, spending too much time blogging and stressing over deadlines. I actually resigned from one DT and I give myself permission to not post a card everyday!
Hugs,
Marsha

ANewYear said...

Beautiful. Your color choice is very soothing and warm. BG's paper lace adds such a nice touch. :)

Holly said...

I like that you are taking back the fun in card making Dori. I love the papers you picked for this - it's a gorgeous creation!

paperpedaler said...

Loved reading your process of thoughful blogging, and you are right. The card is outstanding and full of color. Love it!

KER said...

great card...and good for you taking a step back and finding your balance...enjoy!

Nancy said...

A very very nice card! Thanks for sharing!

Anne Marie said...

Beautiful card and good for you taking a new direction! Sometimes it's a good thing to take a step back and find your mojo! I can completely understand where you are coming from. Love how you used the patterened paper on this one. Looks great! :)

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Such a fun card! Love that loopy border. Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is beautiful!


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