Life as Lou

Ebb & Flow

  • December 13, 2007 2:30 pm

The fact is, I lost my motivation. I started working in the scrapbook industry thirteen months ago. It started out as really fun. Then it became work. Now it seems that a lot of scrapping has become a means to an end, rather than an artistic outlet to enjoy.

Because of that change, and the fact that everyone keeps telling me to “take care of myself” and “cut back”, I have. I’ve allowed myself to do less- and it is weird. I have nothing pushing myself into the studio to work, so unless I have a project due, I don’t bother.

My creativity comes in spurts. I have a few months where I am hyper productive and then I have a few where I just run out, and I think that is natural and good. It is problematic when part of what you are paid for is your creativity. I am such a perfectionist that I feel if I am not giving 110% in every area I am slacking, and that I is really absurd.

So here I am. Busy, focused on non creative pursuits, chasing kids, baking stuff, and it is ok. Right?]]>


  1. Angie says:

    It is perfectly alright. I am totally obsessed with scrapbooking, but when it comes right down to it, it really is just paper and glue (o.k. memories too). Your family, your home and your health all have to come first.

  2. Wendy McKee says:

    Dead right!!!

  3. Mome-rath says:

    Totally okay. I work as a designer, and try to fill the rest of the time by making art. But sometimes I just can’t pull it together, because it’s hard to come up with original ideas all the time. And when creativity becomes work, you stop loving it. So I work in fits and spurts, too. I think that’s totally the healthy way to go. Don’t worry about your motivation—it’ll come back when you need it!

  4. Nina D says:

    Ok is an understatement! Great, fantabulous, healthy, and wonderful are a little better. :)

  5. Lisa the librarian says:’s totally fine and I soooo understand the perfectionist bit. I’m always banging on about how if I can’t give a project 110% I just won’t do it! I’ve ALWAYS been a perfectionist about my work that way and have been told even as a three year old I would not commit anything to paper had I not access to the right crayons! Ha ha ha, what I right pain in the ass eh!! Unless you’re one of “us” people don’t understand. I really believe it’s the sign of a properly talented person, so there!!! Oh, and about the handwashing, me and few of the other mums also requested that our kids wash their hands upon entering and leaving the school and we were told there simply wasn’t the time, ho hum x

  6. Amie says:

    we’re all like that…don’t sweat it. I’m pumping them out right now, but fortunately my mojo has not lost me. I’m just getting more excited about it as I go. But I like a challenge. (18 more to go by the end of the month!) You’ll get it back. It needs to be fun, not work. Unfortunately, it’s hard for you to separate those two factors! good luck. Your stuff always rocks the house. =)

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