I create because I love it. This is something I believe very strongly in. It might not always be the popular path, or the most lucrative financial path… but I do my best to live, and work, in a happy place.
I often get questions about how I got where I am or how someone can do what I do… and the thing is that’s the wrong question. The question should be of yourself: what path do you want to try? What risks are you willing to take? Where is your heart, what is it you do best?
It has been a while now, but I’ve not applied for nor am I currently on any design teams, any work I do with any manufacturer at this point is freelance and pretty random. Sometimes I panic – I’m not part of a team – can I even do that?! 7 years ago if you’d told me that I would be choosing to not apply for teams, that I’d choose to step down from teams and just go solo I would have told you that is madness! No way!
I’m not saying “never” to the idea of being back on a team – if the situation was right I would get back into it for sure. For now I’m just enjoying this path. It’s scary actually. In a good “I think I’m doing something right here and this is a good idea…” way. To not report to anyone, to not have assignments, to just do my own thing. There’s a kind of security in being a part of a team, to work for a company.
One thing? I’m totally free creatively. I support the manufacturers I love, I create and mix and match as I please, and I share my findings and crafty ideas here on my blog and through classes. I don’t ever feel obligated to give more attention to anyone, to be loyal to any company for any work related reason – anything I’m promoting I’m doing so because i love it pure and simple.
Simple. Yes, I like simple.
As a part of my creative simplification I stopped writing for www.scrapbookupdate.com last month. All of my writing, projects, any random reviews, thoughts on trends, etc… it’s all going to be right here at my blog now. You may have noticed the increase in projects and regularity of my postings here – I just found that at this point I was handling one spot for my writing much easier than two, and my blog is a much more casual place for me to write as myself (vs impartial scrapbook reporter). I’m able to put more energy into my blog now, and try some big new things that I’ll tell you more about soon.
Will my creative situation change again? Probably. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it is that my style is always evolving, my work always adjusting, my situation both personal and professional always in a state of change. I’ll roll with it. There are some companies I’d love to work with more in the future for sure.
For now, I remain actively creating, sharing, teaching, and enjoying every minute of every day that I get to spend crafting.