I love to create beautiful and interesting things, but the perfectionist in me often gets in the way of my creativity. I don’t do failure well. When learning a new technique I will first study it to death via online tutorials, books and magazines before attempting it, simply because I fear failure. It’s ridiculous, I know, but this perfectionist is far from perfect. So, every now and then, in order to escape my perfection obsession, I need to create something really quick and simple. These simple creations are often something lighthearted and fun, so when my scrap-booking and creative-journaling friend told me about the latest trend of paperclip bookmarks I was all over it. I was excited! This was something crafty and fun that I could bang out with the supplies I already had in abundance!
WELL, THAT didn’t last long. Sometimes creativity does not come easily to me and I start over-thinking the project. The pain-in-the-ass perfectionist part of me took over and this quick little craft-fix became a major project inside my head. What materials would I use? What colors would I combine? How would I pretty-up the back so it wouldn’t be ugly? Which glue will work the best? What should have taken 20 minutes took 2 hours to complete. Was it worth it? That depends. If I decided to sell these I wouldn’t make my money back in the time spent on them and that would upset me. If I give them away then I could consider it a labor of love, and I could live with that.
These are going out in the mail today to my dear scrap-booking and creative-journaling friend. A labor of love it is!