My lovely and wildly talented friend Erica tagged me for a scrapbooking blog hop thingy that's making the rounds on the internets... she also accused me of not posting enough about scrapbooking here, and she is right. This has never been so much of a scrapbooking blog, eh? She might have a point. Here goes!
1. What am I working on right now?
The big answer to this question: getting my act together. This is code for "not much is getting done but I have big plans." Sadly, I feel like I'm in this space more than I'd like to be. It might be related to the back-to-back(-to-back) moves, it might be related to having three school-aged children. It most assuredly could be mitigated a little more with better to-do list writing. The more specific answer to this question:
+ a logo design project for Katherine
+ Wizarding World of Harry Potter albums... from 2011
+ addressing the multitudes of Disney pictures from our wonderful trip this summer and desigining a plan for them
+ straightening up my Aperture library and making some hard decisions about what to do next now that Apple is killing off Aperture (sigh)
+ distributing some undistributed photos far and wide
+ creating some gymnastics mini-albums for the girls
+ planning which Christmas gifts will be handmade and which won't for 2014
+ designing Christmas cards to be sent the day after Thanksgiving
+ evaluating some new options for professional/creative work in 2015
+ evaluating some options for a 2015 personal project
+ saving up to replace my Canon 5D with a Canon Mark III
+ I'm going to stop here because this list could seriously go on for 100 more lines.
Look! A hastily-shot, not cleaned up photo of my table to illustrate that it has been used recently, just not enough. And family, there's the stapler everyone's been looking for. Ahem.
2. How long does it take me to create a project?
If I'm under deadline, a project takes me the time between when I finally quit procrastinating and the deadline. If I'm not under deadline, it can take years. Ha. This is not my most endearing quality, I know. As for a single scrapbook page, it always takes longer than it looks like I should have taken—simple does not equal fast, necessarily. At least not for me.
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Photos and words, always. Beautiful patterned paper. Things that are used in ways they weren't intended to be used.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I think about things a lot, much like any good woolgatherer worth her salt might. I am a notebook scribbler, and sometimes I make myself lists of things I want to write about on this blog (or scrapbook pages I want to make that don't end up on this blog). I don't keep a journal beyond this blog, unless you count the hundreds of emails I don't ever delete or letters I don't throw away, which are a wealth of personal history. Whether I'm writing something here or scrapbooking with more visual elements beyond photographs, it all comes down to the story first; everything else falls into place after I've identified the story I want to tell. I've often thought I could benefit from some sort of personal editorial calendar so the process wasn't so random, but I might be too old to teach new tricks at this point.
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
My sources of inspiration are really the same no matter where I am: How magazine or graphic design websites/books, downtowns, getting out of town with my camera in hand, occasionally Pinterest, always looking at children's book illustration, and hanging out with like-minded creative people discussing creative plans. If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's this: there is no way to stay inspired indefinitely. Believing that is possible is a surefire invitation to bang one's head on a wall. The creative ebb and flow is not only natural, but crucial to sustaining creativity over a lifetime.
6. What is my signature style?
I'm never 100% sure how to answer this one. I guess I'll say: simple, graphic, and ever-so-slightly esoteric. I love design principles more than new product, and I love good photos and stories best of all.
The point of this blog hop is to tag three favorite scrapbookers so they can in turn answer the questions the following week! I have a cast of favorites, but for the purposes of this particular hop I will tag:
Linda Barber (who could scrapbook with sticks and twigs and cheapie construction paper and still make me gasp in admiration at her perfect design)(she doesn't do that, but she could)
Angie Lucas (who is a super-genius when it comes to cleverness and journaling and meaningful scrapbooking)
and Wilna Furstenberg (who has already answered the questions when I wasn't looking for someone else. But I'm tagging her anyway because she has a new and wonderful workshop opening up this week at Big Picture Classes, and it will be amazing. If you don't know her, you should!)