Hello again dear friends! I honestly cannot believe it is already September! Where has the year gone?
This month's theme for Donna Salazar Designs is 'change', and for the first time I created a layout about ME. I have to admit, it felt really strange to scrap a photo of myself, but there's a reason behind it. :o) Change... this is definitely something that describes my life these past 18 months or so. I got married last year and that was a BIG change, but a positive one. On the negative side, my health started to decline. Every day is a battle, but I am slowly on the road to recovery. The change that I really wanted to discuss is scrapbooking. I began scrapbooking last year and I am so ecstatic that I did. It has provided me with a therapeutic outlet... a creative world to become lost in. It is a relief from the daily routine and the problems and stress of every day life. But with every good thing, there is usually a negative side. My obsession with scrapbooking grew quickly and I wanted to become more involved in the crafting world. I soon began to realize that this industry can be very competitive. I came across a few fellow scrappers who seem to be the type to want to put others down to make themselves feel more important. Being a newbie in this crafting world, I felt really discouraged and intimidated. I thought that the forums were positive places to share your work and encourage fellow artists. I DID receive encouragement from many wonderful people, but I also received disheartening comments such as, "I've already done that before" or "I've already used that technique in the past". There seemed to be a few women who were determined to prove that they are better than me. And you know what? There's no need! If you say so, then I believe you. To me, scrapbooking is a form of expression... a form of art. Not a competition. I suppose my over-sensitivity caused me to take these comments to heart... almost to the point where I didn't want to create anymore. Thankfully, my husband and a few dear friends kept me sane throughout this ordeal and basically told me to "believe in yourself...just BE YOU". No matter what we do in life, there will always be those few who try to discourage us and bring us down. But I won't allow it. I now know who I am and that I have a passion for this craft. I am going to keep doing what I do using my own style. I am eager to learn new techniques and share with others the knowledge I have gained. For any of you who have also experienced any discouragement... keep your head up and just believe in yourself. Don't let the negativity of others prevent your from doing what you love. Okay... I think I have babbled enough now. LOL
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