When I was in school I had a teacher tell me that I had very little talent for ‘art’. She told me that if drawing was something I wanted to do I was probably better looking for drafting classes. So, I listened to my teacher, continued on in school in drafting and moved on to map making. All the while thinking I had no talent for art.
Fast forward several years, and after my husband and I were married he had a friend who’s wife sold things for scrapbooking. Humph…. I thought. I had seen the scrapbooks where newspaper clippings, a few photos, maybe a program from some school function were glued onto the newsprint pages of a cheap blank book. I had no interest in ‘scrapbooking’, but I decided to go to the party she was holding.
I was introduced to Creative Memories and I found that scrapbooking is not just about keeping the key dates and facts in order, it is about telling your story. I really got into that part.
As I continued to grow, I realized the simple approach of the Creative Memories style I was taught was a bit confining. The ‘recipe’ of 5 – 6 pictures, 2 coordinating small papers to accent and a page of stickers to embellish got a little boring.
I began to use different backgrounds, colored and patterned paper, and more to not only get the important ‘facts’ of the story down, but also capture the feeling of the moment.
It was all downhill from there. I realized I wasn’t limited to just stamps and inks, only embellishments from the scrapbook isle, this was MY scrapbook, and I could do what I wanted!!! I began to use acrylic paints, hardware, sand and more and from the scrapbook I made the leap to art journal. There was no going back from there!
What is your story? How did you realize your talent, and how did your creativity grow as you explored the amazing world of ART?
I’d really like to hear all of your stories,