It all started back in 2010 when I got the courage to submit my work. It's not an easy thing to do, but I thought what the heck. It's for fun and it was such a surprise when I got an email back in July 2010 from an online magazine saying they would like to publish this layout of my handsome hubby and his new car.
Then it started a spark inside of me and I thought why not try again so I submitted to Scrapbooking.com Magazine and submitted a mini album which also got published
The next year, my daughter got married and I wanted to alter a frame so I submitted another one to the "altered submission call" at Scrapbooking.com magazine and here it is:
|Wedding Altered Frame|
|Baking With Love|
|Paradise Mini Album|
Now, this week, I have been informed that another layout has been picked up in the Summer 2013 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and I couldn't be more thrilled as I am Canadian and love my country.
So I am not here to brag, brag, brag but to share the fact that we all have goals and dreams and it doesn't matter what age you are, but that dreams and goals can be realized even at my age. Creativity doesn't have an age attached to it. My dream or niche didn't start to be realized until I was in my late forties. Art was one of my worst classes in school as I don't like being rushed when I create and I didn't like being graded on something where there is no mistakes, in my opinion. Art is supposed to be fun and for me it is therapeutic as well as a way of preserving memories of my family and friends and all the beautiful things around me. It is a piece of me that I can share with others and it will be preserved for many years to come. I can't say the same about cleaning my house. I want to set an example for my children that hard work and persistence pays off no matter what the goal or dream is.
Everyone begins somewhere and 18 months ago, I mustered up the courage to apply for design teams and Anam Stubbington, who is an amazingly talented lady that founded the iphone app "Sketches To Scrapbook", asked if I would like to join her team. I was so honoured and flattered that she liked my creations. Anam moved from Canada back to the U.K. and then she asked me to join Twisted Sketches as a design team member for her fabulous sketches and the rest is history! It really was nice that she believed in me as I was going through a very hard time personally and it really boosted my self esteem. After that, I applied to Scrapbook Challenges, another international design team that has weekly sketches, a forum and challenges and was accepted. I have been on Scrapbook Challenges for 3 terms now and have made such great scrappy friends. I have also designed on Let's Capture These Sketches, Scrap It With A Song and Sketches In Thyme and now Practical Scrappers too!
The past two years have been such a creative journey for me and it has taught me that a person has to believe in themself and to work hard and never give up. It has also helped me to come out of my shell, so to speak, and put myself out there, which is never easy. I really couldn't have done it without my family and friends supporting me and it has been so great to make such awesome scrapbooking friends from all over the world that have the same passion. We are all different, but yet the same.
Lately, I have been having some personal issues so I am taking this month off from all my design teams to take care of my family and myself, but want to refresh and carry on this journey in April. I don't know where it will take me, but it definitely has been great ride.
Thanks to everyone that believes in me and thank you for stopping by my blog. It means a lot to me that you come and visit.
Have a wonderful day!