Monday, 9 November 2009

Blogging For Scrapbookers Prompt 6

I have a dream. Before scrapbooking the only thing I really wanted, that was really important to me was that I wanted to be married and have babies by the time I was 30. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything wrong with people getting married and having babies later than that, it's a personal choice after all. For me though, it's something I've always strongly wanted and always believed will happen. Luckily for me, I met my wonderful husband three years ago and just knew he was the one I wanted to be with, and we married Valentines day this year. As I've just turned 27 we still have plenty of time to work on my other goal  ; )
             Photo by Simon Barnes

Since I've discovered scrapbooking, I have found my second love (husband obviously being the first). I have now developed a new goal, although I haven't set myself a time limit on this one I must admit. My new goal is to do what I love for my living. So, this brings two images to mind, the first (and this would probably depend on some kind of lottery win)would be running my own scrapbooking shop where I could scrapbook between customers and all the other things to do with running a business. I know I'd love this because I've always enjoyed working in retail and what could be better than selling things you love to other people that love them too! The other idea is a bit more realistic, only a little though. I would be working as a scrapbook designer full-time from home, either submitting work for magazines or making layouts for websites and manufacturers. A few months ago I finally got the courage to start to follow my dream, I started to submit layouts to Scrapbook Inspirations magazine, so far I haven't had any luck and then to my dismay I hear that their next issue will also be their last issue. You can imagine my disapointment, not only at the setback in my progress, but also that one of the very few British scrapbooking magazines is soon to be no more. Which is why i'm so thankful to have signed up to Shimelle's Blogging For Scrapbookers class, it has given me a new direction, a new focus and another step on the path to my dream. To be honest, other than submitting my work to magazines and posting on my blog I'm not really sure how to achieve my dream, I guess I just have to keep trying and keep hoping somebody things my work is good enough. I don't know how long it will take me, i'm not even sure if it'll ever happen, but everyday I'm hopeful and it means so much to me when people have put nice comments on my blog posts, whether they're about my blog, my scrapbooking or whatever else I've posted so I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has commented and I hope you will continue to enjoy your visits to my blog.


  1. The problem with working in the scrapbooking industry is that it stops becoming something you love and becomes an obligation. I know too many people who have lost their love of the hobby when it has become their job. I think getting published is a great thrill, but when you are obliged to scrap, then the enjoyment disappears.

  2. I guess it has to be a passion, rather than just a hobby, so that you're really doing what you want to be doing. Even then there would have to be times when it was a chore, but every job has those days.
    Helen, your blog sounded rather like what I have put in my own... well done on having the courage to submit layouts. Keep trying!
    BTW Rosie tells me that S.I. hope to issue quarterly Specials, so there will still be something good to look forward to!
    Still, it is a shame - S.I. is definitely the best Scrapping Mag in UK! I reckon their presentation and layout (in the magazine sense) is excellent, the content is spot-on and they have a good balance of articles, challenges, reader stuff, letters, ads etc. BRING BACK OUR Scrapbook Inspirations, I say!

  3. I hope you are able to realize your goals. Love the layout of your husband. It's so cute! I'm a classmate from Blogging for Scrapbookers.

  4. we have quite similar goals.
    mine was to marry by 19 and have my first child
    when I'm 20 but I am 4 years behind >.<
    instead of a scrapbooking shop though, I
    though to set up an online store selling
    scrapbooking and crafty supplies so scrappers
    can have the luxury of shopping online and
    having their stuff delivered to them (:

  5. I've heard from more people that once scrapbooking becomes a "job", it's no longer fun. They don't scrap for themselves.

    If it's something that you really want, don't give up on your dream, just work harder to find it.

  6. Good luck with your dreams. At least you've started and taken some steps to realize your dream.

  7. SI will indeed be sorely missed. Hope they do keep up with the quarterly issues. I enjoyed reading about your dreams today and I'm glad I stopped by!

  8. I loved reading about your dreams, good luck, go for it and don't be deterred!

  9. One way to perhaps have your cake and eat it too would be to get in to digital scrapbooking and design. There are many sites, UK and USA (and probably France, Germany, China, etc) that offer digital supplies. Photoshop CS3/4 and Photoshop Elements and a computer are about all you need - plus some talent which it appears you have. Just a thought.