So I have this hater. She amuses me greatly. Like I literally laugh out loud over what she writes and I know she thinks she's cutting me to the core but I just think it's funny because her opinion of me doesn't change my life in any way. Her level of obsession with me is puzzling because for someone who appears to hate me, she sure does spend a lot of her life thinking about me. Maybe there really is a thin line between love and hate.
So this weekend, we had a comment in our FB community that someone was feeling down about the quality of their work and I encouraged them (as I always do) to scraplift. Then I mentioned that I was going to start scraplifting more often myself.
Well my hater must be stalking my group because she quoted me on a message board and called me a "thieving wannabe." (In a hilariously random way.)
So let's talk about the stigma of scraplifting...especially when you work in the creative industry. First of all, if I were to scraplift, I would do it openly and blog about it and blast it all over my social media and tell the person I lifted and introduce my audience to that person and talk about why I love them. It's a win-win for everyone and I want to start a weekly scraplift challenge in our group soon and do just that. :)
In 14 years of scrapping and sharing online, I've never had someone be mad at me for scraplifting them. Right now the person I want to scraplift is one of my besties, Jen Schow. She has given me full permission to scraplift her as much as I want to. But even if she hadn't, here's the deal....I still want to make layouts that are just for me because I truly love to scrap.
There's an illusion that you get paid for everything you do if you do this full time. ha!!! Double ha!!! If I want to scraplift, I have just as much right to do so as anyone else, as long as it's not content that someone is paying me for. It goes without saying but I do have enough sense to realize that. I just spent four weeks creating original content for BPC and GIS.
So if you are struggling with insecurity about your own scrapping, I highly encourage you to just flat-out scraplift for a while. Emulating people with great design skills is the best way to grow your own artistic ability. Jen Schow is a great one to scraplift because she has a lot of "go-to designs" that are well thought out and always end up as a stunning layout. I'm willing to bet most of you reading my blog are just scrapping for fun anyway so why wouldn't you scraplift??
Do we think we're less than talented if we use the inspiration that's all around us? 'Cause we're not. Why are we saving and pinning and culling all this inspiration if we're not gonna use it? I want to use it!
In my Big Picture class that's coming up, I show a scraplifted layout and talk about it. Moving forward with my business, encouraging others to scraplift is going to be a bigger part of my brand and message because listen....I'm not here to try and teach anyone anything ground breaking in design. I don't want to show you how to do the latest and greatest techniques because I'm probably not doing them myself. I just want YOU TO BE YOU and sometimes that involves finding your style through experimentation of a lot of different looks.
I want to inspire you to tell your stories and find JOY in doing so. Every day can be joyful simply because we have so many blessings: running water, air conditioning and food come to mind but how about sunshine and cameras and patterned paper!!!!? People! Patterned paper is happiness!
So scraplift away my friends and don't let the haters tell you that you can't or make you feel bad about it.
PS: Thanks dear Hater for giving me such a great blog topic to post about today. :)