I've made some big changes, creatively speaking, and now seems like as good a time as any to share them. A couple months ago now, I made the decision to step down from the Cocoa Daisy design team. It was a difficult one to make - I spent 6 years designing for a wonderful company, and I loved it. I really did. But several factors converged, making it clear that I needed a change. Mainly these two: 1. My work schedule was busy - crazy busy - and I didn't feel I was pulling my weight on the design team. I just didn't have the time to give it my all, and I felt bad about that. 2. After thirteen years in this hobby, I was feeling burned out - tired of the 12 x 12 format I've been working with for so many years and feeling like I was out of things to say. Obviously, I probably do have more to say and more stories to tell, but that's how I was feeling. Like there was nothing I hadn't covered ad nauseum.
Sometimes you just need to shake things up. I'd been interested in the concept of Project Life for a while, but about a month ago I started messing around with the format and something clicked, and like magic, I felt inspired again. It's a great fit for me right now. I've always been a more of a moments scrapper than an events scrapper. And filling tiny pockets with bits and pieces seems less time consuming, more manageable.
Over the next few days, I'll try to post some of the PL layouts I did in December. For now, here's my 2013 intro page. I incorporated my goals and thoughts on the coming year, though much of it is hidden. I like keeping my thoughts to myself.
Song lyrics are from "Alone Again Or" by Love, from Forever Changes, which is one of the best albums of all time. And I feel like I need to be reminded of this. Because sometimes I forget.
I divided my goals into three categories: verbs (like read and dance), intangibles (like courage and adventure), and proper nouns (like NYC and Vermont City Marathon). My lists are tucked into the pockets.
Nothing's written in here yet. Shatty and I are going to jot down some thoughts this evening. And on that note, I need to get ready to go to Middletown to meet her.
Happy New Year, guys!