A few weeks ago, I found out that my contract with Studio Calico wasn’t being renewed.
Studio Calico is a business, a brand, just like Coke or GAP. And they have a product to sell. And let’s be honest, my scrapbook style is not conducive to selling a whole lot of product. And it’s Studio Calico’s prerogative to want to sell product.
I have never been comfortable with self-promotion. Ever. I don’t think it’s why you come here. It’s not why I’ve been blogging since 2005. It’s not why I’ve been scrapbooking since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
For me, scrapbooking has never been about the manufacturer or website I worked for. I have never owned a die-cut machine and ninety-nine percent of the time, I have no idea what people are talking about when they talk about the latest and greatest trends or products. I know there are people out there who don’t care for my style. People who didn’t think I belonged on the Studio Calico team in the first place. That's OK, everyone's free to have an opinion. But it didn’t matter then, and it still doesn’t now, because I was never scrapbooking for them.
I was scrapbooking as a way of remembering us.
And then it became about remembering her too.
And then him.
And, finally, remembering us.
I have no idea what’s ahead for me now in the scrapbooking world. Since 2006 I have either been a Garden Girl at 2peas or on the Studio Calico Design Team. I like to think I’m entering the twilight of my scrapbooking career, and I’m honestly happy to fade into the background of the industry, sit on my front porch in my rocker with my paper cutter and watch the new kids crop up. I just hope they remember what this hobby is really, ultimately about. Not misting or messy or simple or getting published or picked for a team or mentioned on a blog or whatever.
You get caught up in that crap and you forget why you’re really doing this.
I would like to bold, capitalize, and put that statement in 72 point font. But instead, I'll say it again. You get caught up in that crap and you forget why you're really doing this.
Thank you to those who will say nice things about what I did, what I do. Welcome to my blog to all who came from one site or another. Sit down, stay awhile. Come back again. I’m not going anywhere.