As I wandered through the pages filled with intricate layouts I quickly realized I had absolutely no interest in studying them, learning from them, gleaning ideas from them. They failed to speak to me in any way.
I looked at the ads for new products, hoping to find something that was calling for my dollar. Nope. Nothing. Not a thing that I couldn't live without.
Does this mean that I am no longer interested in pursuing my love of scrapbooking? No, I don't think so. I love the processes I have already learned. I love the tools I have amassed. I love the results of years spent documenting our lives in beautiful, creative ways. I think it just means that I am willing to continue with the things I already have.
My favorite scrapbook store is no longer around anyway. My participation in their Design Team is a thing of the past. I am no longer scheduled to teach any classes or design any weekly kits. I welcome the opportunity to scrap simply for the pure love and enjoyment of the process and the result.
Any regrets? None. Will I miss the camaraderie of other fanatic scrappers? Probably. I acquired friends from all over the world that I shared my hobby with. But the nice thing is that I have created a sanctuary in my own home, which has recently been tidied up again, in which I have at my fingertips ALL the scrapbooking supplies that any one person could ever need or want.
Wouldn't you agree?