of your comment Lonely Scrapbooker... no it doesn't bother me. I appreciate your honesty. I think I should share my views on the subject as you are not the only one to ask me about this. The requirements at CK are based on surveys of what an everyday scrapper wants - more photos in a layout, spreads rather than singles, a more economic approach in the form of regular 4x6 color prints, pages that come quickly together, etc. As a member of their team, I do try to keep these in mind when I create for them. And even though at first glance, these may appear as restrictions, I will have to say that it has taught me a lot. It has challenged me to be creative within restrictions, create more streamlined designs, go back to the basics and explore how I have grown in my scrapping in the little time I have been involved with this hobby... or in short, it has stretched me creatively. Now I don't set templates or basic stickers aside as 'uncool', I challenge myself to use them in cool ways... sometimes I like the results and sometimes I don't... but that, my friend, is invaluable creative exercise in my opinion. The reward is a fresh perspective.
A lot of my friends, both in real life or through blogs and magazines, want to see more of my freestyle and mixed media creations. I also get emails not too infrequently asking me if I teach classes. I have taught at Michaels, our lss and in France. But with my husband's busy schedule and the kiddos' growing needs, that venture had gotten a bit sidetracked. Recently, a non-scrapping friend suggested that I should consider offering workshops online. But, me, not being too techno-savvy didn't give that much thought until my husband agreed to help me set things up. Well, so while he is looking into the technical details, I'm giving my passion to paint and create a free reign :)
Before I leave you today, let me share a very simple page I created with the April Cocoa Daisy kit. It's one of the rare pages where I didn't journal... just didn't feel that it needed words...
Enjoy your Sunday evening :)