Loc: Oldenburg, Germany
|Posted: 4/15/2013 7:57:54 AM|
how are you doing?
I was wondering if some of you ever got really tired of scrapbooking and stopped.
If so, how long did you stop and what made start again?
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:32:38 AM|I have been sbing for 10 yrs & stopped for a while & I was off it for almost 1 1/2 year.What made me restart was General scrappin mb here When I was off I only visited NSBR mb and hardly ever came here but some time ago I came here as I was tired of the NSBR and got hooked back into sbing I am SO glad I am back to it & it plays a IMP part in my life right now.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:32:43 AM|I stopped scrapbooking a while back and then started a little again. I haven't gotten back to scrapbooking like before. For me I think it wasn't so much tired as I was having problems in my life. Maybe not as happy but not depression. Then when I felt better it just felt overwhelming . Where to start. My problem now is not taking enough pictures. It was easier when the kids were younger.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:38:01 AM|
I started scrapbooking 14 years ago and yes I've taken breaks. My scrapbooking has evolved to match the changes in my life. Today life is busy and I have moved to scrapbooking with divided protectors and PL themed supplies.
"When was the last time you did something for the 1st time?"
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:39:21 AM|
I stopped scrapbooking for about a year when we first moved here to Germany. First, all my stuff was on a boat for 3 months getting to me, then it took me ages to get it all sorted, and I just didn't fell it - even though I was exploring a new country and new places all the time.
I got back to it after my older son was married. 6 weeks after the Wedding, his wife became very ill, and I went back home to be with them. Just after I got there, the wedding photographer sent the DVD with all the photos, and I decided to make a Wedding album for them, partly just in case the worst happened.
Long story short - DIL recovered, she and DS (and her parents, who I made a scanned copy for) love the album, and I have got back into scrapping all my photos of those wonderful adventures we're still having in our adopted country.
Mary Jo R
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:45:25 AM|I stopped for several months when I was pregnant with my daughter.
I was just too sick and tired all of the time.
But after she was born, I took it up again.
I kind of go through phases where I scrapbook a lot and then take a week or two off
I have never quit for longer than a few months though.
Loc: Oldenburg, Germany
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:54:09 AM|I can absolutely relate to the "not having enough photos" problem. That is why I started doing the photo-a-day challenge a while ago.
We do no have kids, only pets, but if we had kids, I would photograph them anytime and anywhere
Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:58:15 AM|
In 2011 I didn't do as much scrapbooking. Was just burnt out and no motivation. BUT in 2012, I got my mojo back and got active on forums and found myself falling back in love with this Hobby. I attended several conventions - CK Lancaster, Heirloom Stamp Show, Scrapbook Expo and even splurged and attended CK University. Also went to several weekend crops. So I'd say yes there are times when I just can't look at another PP, scissor, adhesive, etc. But when that passes....watch out, you can't stop me.
|For unto us a child is born....Isaiah 9:6
JESUS Is The Reason For the Season.
2013 - Layouts Completed - 203
2013 - Mini Albums - 20
2013 - Cards 84 - (thanks to CTMH monthly club class and a few swaps)
|Posted: 4/15/2013 9:20:40 AM|
I have taken long breaks over the years that I scrapped. Once for almost a year. I missed it but didn't have the get-up-and-go to start up again on my own so I just took a few classes at my LSS. It was nice to have someone else do all the "dirty" work (picking paper, deciding on design). After a while I just slipped back into my own work.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 10:05:06 AM|
all the time - sometimes I'm really into this hobby and sometimes I'm not
|Posted: 4/15/2013 10:13:44 AM|
I stop scrapping because I have more than one hobby.
I have def taken breaks because of frustration. Usually because my brain goes on overload with thinking too much. So I take a step back and move on to another hobby, so that I can relax and figure out the problem.
Loc: Colorado, but a Texan at heart
|Posted: 4/15/2013 10:17:59 AM|
I took a long break when I was pregnant (tired and morning sickness), and then started up again when DS was around 8 months old. I got back on the boards, and did Wookiemouse's big organizational challenge. That jump-started my mojo!
happily married to Jon, mom to Jack
cat mom to Emma, Ernie and Charlie
Texas Aggie grad - whoop!
|Posted: 4/15/2013 10:18:08 AM|
Yes, I def go thru phases. I don't worry about it too much. Sometimes its because I am into something else at the moment, like practicing photography or making cards. Generally in the summer I don't do much bcz I spend most of my time outside, lounging by pool, on beach, etc. So I just do it when I want. No rules. That's why I do go to crops bcz then I have a few hours to devote to it and get it done!
Loc: Hillsboro, TX
|Posted: 4/15/2013 10:25:12 AM|
I go through phases too. I think the longest was about a year, year and a half. It's usually tied to what's going on in my personal life.
I've been really heavily back into the hobby for about a year and a half now and I still have fairly brief phases of a week or two where I want nothing to do with it, but for the most part I've ended hopping back in.
Loc: Huntsville, AL
|Posted: 4/15/2013 10:28:55 AM|
I stopped for several years when I was in college, not really because I was tired of it, but because I just didn't have time while I was working on my degree. It actually took me a couple of years after graduating to get back into it. I had kept all of my tools and supplies, and one day my mother in law asked if I could help her scrapbook a recipe album she wanted to make for her kids. Helping her with that kicked me in the pants to start working on my own scrapbooking again (that was in 2003, I think), and except for taking 2-3 week breaks here and there, I really haven't stopped since.
Loc: Northern California
|Posted: 4/15/2013 11:56:50 AM|
I took about 3ish years off. I started for a senior project in high school. And continued to scrap for several years. I ended up taking a break like 2 1/2 years ago because I was in the middle of college and just didn't have the time or the space.
Then I heard randomly about PL. And I fell in love. I credit PL for getting me back into the scrapping scene.
Be Happy For This Moment. This Moment Is Your Life.
Loc: New Braunfels, TX
|Posted: 4/15/2013 12:14:39 PM|I go through phases as well. It usually coincides with time....when I have free time, I'm burned out. When I'm oozing with mojo, I don't have time to scrap.
My son's school used to do a yearly fundraiser that I'd make scrapbooks for. 6-8 26-page scrapbooks. When I was done with those, I would take a hiatus for a few months. Then usually some new supplies would hook me back into it.
Loc: In the middle of Mississippi, in the middle of the Deep South
|Posted: 4/15/2013 12:15:23 PM|I stopped for a long time, three or more years, but I kept buying supplies. One day, I finally realized that all those pretty things I bought were designed for scrapbooking/memory keeping and I REALLY needed to use them. So, I slowly got back into the swing of things. I never stopped taking photos or writing down stories, quotes, etc., I just didn't do anything with them. I'm still not anywhere near being as productive as I would like to be but I try a little harder every week to make more time for scrapping. "Just keep swimming", ya know!
Don't let the dreamkillers get me
Loc: so. california
|Posted: 4/15/2013 12:28:06 PM|
nope, i never get tired of it. i can get bored with mudane tasks but i never get tired of the fun, creative part of embellishing a page.
Loc: River Ridge, Louisiana
|Posted: 4/15/2013 1:00:34 PM|
I haven't been tired of scrapping, but i have gotten extremely busy or involved with life...vacations, trips, surgeries, etc....that have taken me away and given me a little break. The longest break was a couple of months, but even though I didn't work on any projects, I was continually over at my scrap desk, anticipating getting back to it.
Stuck in the Middle
|Posted: 4/15/2013 1:16:11 PM|
A couple of years ago I took a break from scrapping & honestly from a lot of life. My family was going through some really hard trials already & then suddenly one of my amazing friends passed away. It seemed that every time I went to my scrapping room it just reminded me that she was gone. It took me about 1 1/2 years to work through that. What's funny is she is the reason I started really scrapping again & using my supplies. One day I realized that she had a room full of supplies & did I want to leave all my favorites on a shelf or in a book, so with that I was scrapping again & I've never stopped.
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 4/15/2013 1:33:14 PM|
I've gotten too busy for scrapping but never actually tired of it
|Posted: 4/15/2013 1:45:54 PM|
Great question - I actually scrapbooked 12x12's a lot in February and got kind of tired of it. I stopped for about a month. I didn't completely stop crafting - I did PL and cards - just not 12x12's. I was kind of "worried" that I had all this stuff and was not going to come back to it. Then, at the beginning of April, Studio Calico announced the Pop off the Page 2 class. I got excited about that and made a page and then have made a few more sense. I think it just comes in waves...Sometimes I get tired of doing one thing so I switch it up between PL, 12x12 and cards.
Loc: England UK
|Posted: 4/15/2013 2:05:06 PM|I went over to digital and loved that for quite a while but don't do any currently. I couldn't be bothered to go back to all that paper and supplies (even though I get why people love it...I loved it too)
I'm waiting to be inspired again
|"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
|Posted: 4/15/2013 2:25:34 PM|
I stopped when the kids where born just because I couldn't find the time. Especially with my two eldest (twins). When I had some time I was so tired I just wanted to sleep.
one of those "entitled" peas
|Posted: 4/15/2013 2:28:50 PM|
I have gotten tired of it for short periods. Like I went to a 12 hour crop on Sat, finished what I was working on at 3pm, went home to get more stuff and decided to just call it a day instead.
So I missed an entire evening of scrapping but I just didn't feel like it.
|My choice is to not take it personally - people have opinions. Particularly people here.-Peabay 12/29/11
I know this is assuming, but I'm really starting to think you are one of those "entitled" peas - Dalayney 4/2/12
Loc: New Zealand
|Posted: 4/15/2013 3:35:34 PM|
I took a two year break when I moved overseas, but when I realised we'd be there indefinitely I sent for my supplies and got back into it, cross stitch isn't the same!
Also, before I worked out how I liked to scrap (4x6 photos) I was a lot lot slower and got easily frustrated by the choosing and resizing of photos, so by the time I had them printed my time was up. That mean I'd only scrap once or twice a month, max! Now it's almost a daily thing for me!
|Posted: 4/15/2013 3:43:53 PM|
I'm not so much tired of scrapbooking but tired of having no one to scrap with or share scrapping with. All the friends who started with me have stopped scrapping. I've started watching Glitter Girl's videos - I'm hoping that will inspire me enough to get back into it.
While I love the SG books, I feel like my creativity has been a bit stifled - not that I had much to begin with! I'm pretty much a scraplifter rather than a scrapbooker!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 4/15/2013 3:53:54 PM|
No not really. I think I might be if my goal was to be on a design team and I had to produce a certain number of LOs in a certain style. I just do it for me and when I feel like it. I might take a break for a month or two if things are really busy in my life or if I've just done LOAD or a big project like a trip or something.
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal
|Posted: 4/15/2013 4:01:20 PM|This may be a huge dis on them, but Club Scrap made me tired of scrapbooking. I joined early on (about a month after I started scrapping) and was pretty bored with the papers and the patterns, trying to make my pages fit kit theme and being unable. But since that's how I'd been taught scrapbooking, branching out into other brands didn't really work for me either, I made terrible paper choices. I left for years. I think two. I'd stare at my stuff and feel intensely guilty that I'd bought things that were SO bad they were literally keeping me out of my scrap area.
I don't remember the impetus as being separate from just a need to Spring clean around the house, but I started to purge a lot. And by 2010 the industry shifted into things that I liked so I was able to pick things from CHA that I could use. Somewhere in there, trying to get my feet wet again, I kept reading about Copics and that's what really did it. A childhood love re-realised as an adult solidified my love for paper crafting again. After all, if I was going to colour cute images, I had to have somewhere to put them, and what better than a card!
Make a Wish!
Loc: Queenstown, New Zealand
|Posted: 4/15/2013 4:37:13 PM|
I also stopped while pregnant, I think because I was so sick, but I just had no desire to create. We didn't find out what we were having, but once she was born I was back into it. This was before I discovered Two Peas, so maybe it would be different with constant inspiration.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 5:04:09 PM|
I've had several gaps in my 20-year scrap career. Longest was 18 months when we moved into a major fixer-upper house. The first six months were all about the clearing/decluttering/refurbishing of the old house for sale, and the last 12 months were ALL about the gutting/remodeling/redecorating of the 25 yo "new" house, which we bought filled with matted carpet, nasty odors and lots of blue foil wallpaper. Frankly, that whole process sapped my creativity big time! But once the house was livable, comfortable and attractive, my scrapping mojo came back!
Other gaps have related to health issues or big-time parenting problems (it's hard to scrap happy family life when your youngest is taking family life into the toilet, kwim?). Again, the mojo came back when I learned to disconnect from the child, and when the child got her life back on track too.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 5:34:00 PM|I run out of things to scrap - I have a boring life
No kids, haven't travelled recently, and don't have much to document... I like the idea of PL, but I just don't do enough... For example, I might do a LO about going to the library, but wouldn't need more than one of those... I'm trying to put together a PL style '101 things in 1001 days', but one album in three years doesn't really take as much creative time as I'd like... I go to other hobbies when I'm going through a scrapping drought...
|Posted: 4/15/2013 5:55:20 PM|
I stopped during pregnancies (too sick... even the smell of some adhesives did me in!) and also when my mom got sick with cancer (I think it felt too self-indulgent). I always come back though.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 6:06:11 PM|
I haven't done a LO since an LSS crop on NSD last May but will be going against this year. Hopefully getting out of the house will motivate me.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 7:36:15 PM|
When life is stressful and things are challenging... There isn't much that I feel like scrapping... Those are the times when I made cards, altered projects,etc but no layouts.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 8:07:04 PM|
I stopped when I went back to school for my masters degree. I couldn't teach junior high all day, sit in class, do homework and fit in scrapbooking. I do go through phases when I'm really into it and making layouts almost daily and then maybe a month with nothing. It just depends on what is happening with life in general.
50 Peas in a pod.
|Posted: 4/15/2013 9:56:15 PM|
Yes, I stopped for about a year and a half. I owned a scrapbook store & that really took it out of me. I was doing stuff for other people & there for 8hrs a day. I just didn't feel like doing my own stuff away from the store. I also was going through a divorce & moving. Once I got settled in my new place, my mojo started to come back.
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 4/16/2013 12:48:13 AM|
I only really stopped once, and that wasn't because I was tired of it but because DH and I were going through a bad time, and when things improved I scrapped more than ever.
Right now, I'm slowing down - but not stopping for a number of reasons, one of which is a little bit of burnout. I scrap chronologically, and just recently finished 2012. Also, I'm needing to put less energy into scrapbooking and more energy into 1. A new business 2. My DH's increasing dependency on me.
Loc: new jersey and proud of it!
|Posted: 4/16/2013 5:08:48 AM|
I stopped for a while because I was wondering what the point of it was. Then I decided that enjoying the process was a great reason and what I eventually did with the albums doesnt really matter.
I love the hobby more than ever now.
|Posted: 4/16/2013 5:15:36 AM|
i stopped scrapping for almost 2 and 1/2 years, still shopped though
for me, i would compare my layouts to others and i was preoccupied with being published, that i became frozen about the quality of my pages, i just stopped
but now, i am no longer worrying about even trying to get published or design teams, i just scrap because i love it, and i want my family to love what i created for them and to enjoy them in many years to come
I am well and truly back in groove of scrapping and love it
Loc: product of the Baltic coast
|Posted: 4/16/2013 6:03:05 AM|All my supplies are packed in boxes and ready to move to a new house. Prior to the move my scrapping has been on the decline mainly because of a few reasons:
1.) 2013 Fitness goals are more of a priority (training for 1/2 marathon in the fall);
2.) Having been published created this expectation within me to keep making trendy pages that are publishable, when in fact I want to (no, I need to for the sake of my finances and available space in our home) use up my existing stash of older product...which is what? like 3 months in this industry
3.) comparing my work to the 'in' work of today makes my inner critic demons kill my creativity. I love to write lots of text on my LOs and I love to do double page LOs, but I've been feeling like I must do the artsy, splatter-paint-everywhere pages to feel like my work is current.
Why do we compare and criticize ourselves?
But I'm hoping when I'm settled into my new scrap room, and get to redecorate, that I'll feel inspired and productive.
Loc: in my scrapbooking room
|Posted: 4/16/2013 6:07:48 AM|
I started scrapbooking in 95. I took a break for a couple of years, but I am back. Life got busy and rough. Scrapbooking made my heart hurt. I would look at pictures and cry. So I stopped for a few years. I am back now and having a blast!!!
The greatest gift of all was given at Christmastime....
Loc: Oldenburg, Germany
|Posted: 4/16/2013 9:19:56 AM|I can relate to "I have no one to scrap with". My friends donÂ´t scrap either. But I have to admit that I am super unproductive when I am scrapping with other people.. I rather talk than scrap
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 4/16/2013 9:51:30 AM|I stopped for awhile after my 2nd son was born. About 2 years actually.
I was just TIRED. Not tired of scrapping. Just tired from life!
I was glad to finally get back to it. And I'm glad my poor 2nd kid is finally in some scrapped albums.
Loc: Sunny Florida
|Posted: 4/16/2013 1:07:09 PM|
I take 3-4 weeks off two or three times a year.
Loc: Southern Oregon
|Posted: 4/16/2013 2:50:11 PM|
After my mom passed away in Jan 2009 I did this very large scrapbook for her memorial and It took it all out of me. I Couldn't even look at my scrap supplies. I didn't scrap for over 3 1/2 years. I made a card for a friend of mine that lost her mom about 8 months after I lost mine and it was the hardest card I have ever made. After I cried my way through the card I tool it to my bowling league and had everybody on the league sign it and then I gave it to her, When she saw the card and opened it up and saw that we all had signed it she started crying and I lost it all over again. After that it was hard to even think about scrapping. So I didn't look at any scrap related stuff. Then one day my daughter(20) decided we needed to do a pom pom challenge and make a scrap layout that used a bunch of pom poms but they couldn't be pom poms glued to the page. It was very hard for me to get the page finished but by the time I finished that page 3 days later I was really needing more challenges. So we sat down and made a list of challenges and over the next 2 weeks I scrapped like I had never stopped. After that I have been fine.
Now I am into card making..... but I still scrap like crazy
Loc: Northern, CA
|Posted: 4/17/2013 12:10:36 AM|
I started scrapping almost 15 years ago and for a number of years I taught classes, worked on books for Design Originals, worked for a canvas company and various other design teams...I was a very active scrapper up until 2007. In 2007 I returned to school to finish my degree and then my husband passed away very suddenly, so I was pretty much a basket case. Slowly, as time passed on I went back to school, finished my degree, worked on raising my 2 small kids and moved forward with my life. Just very recently I have been playing around with my supplies (I never got rid of them) and I am actually having fun scrapping again.
Loc: Washington State
|Posted: 4/17/2013 12:32:02 AM|
I used to be an avid scrapper, spending whatever time I could scrapping. I submitted to mags, worked at and taught at my LSS, cropped with my friends whenever I could at and home all the time too. I got burnt out and went back to work full-time and stopped...for probably almost 5 years. Then I started getting back together with my friends and got my mojo back. But, I scrap a lot less now than I did...about once a quarter at a 4 day weekend crop with my friends.
|Posted: 4/17/2013 12:45:35 AM|
I stopped for 6 years and ONLY because I had a baby. Then had another following immediately after my first. I got back into this year and honestly the only reason was my I started going through old paper to donate for my daughters preschool and realized how much I missed it. Since then I have taken a month off because of school and just rescued my first dog. I will get back to it soon I have my MIL's album to finish.
|Frozen Pea as of 11/15/2013
Projects accomplished while being frozen:
Layouts = 1
Cards = 5