I started scrapping digitally in 2005-2006 & stopped shortly after because of a slow laptop which was making the whole process of putting pages together tedious and a real pain instead of being a freeing creative outlet. I didn’t scrap at all for a few years, until I got a brand new faster more powerful laptop in 2011.
That’s when I started scrapping again. Like crazy. I scrapped like I used to in my last pages from 2006-2007 : with few embellishments, no clusters, usually on a white background, focusing on the photos, the story, the people and not on the products used to make the page. Back then I remember I was feeling like I wasn’t really scrabooking because my pages were so different from what I could see in the galleries. But in 2011 I discovered that it’s ok to scrap like I did and loved to, that I wasn’t alone doing this and that it even had a name : clean & simple scrapbooking. How cool was that ?! That’s when I stumbled (among other things) upon Cathy Zielske’s blog and fell in love with her voice, her pages, her style. I tried to buy her books, but with the shipping costs from the US, there was no way I could afford them and I couldn’t find them on amazon.fr at the time.
Cathy Zielske just launched her new website, revamped her brand and I’ve enjoyed tremendously her series of blog posts Anatomy of a Rebrand in which she shares about her scrapbooking journey and how it led her to rebranding (part 1 – part 2 – part 3 – wrap up). These posts are probably the reason I checked her books again. I found used copies (but in good or even very good condition, I’m a bit OCD when it comes to books) and since the seller is located in the UK the shipping costs are not that bad (actually I think that I got a pretty good deal there since both used books + shipping was less than half the cost of one book new !!).
That’s why, as of this morning I am now the lucky owner of Clean & Simple Scrapbooking – The Sequel by Cathy Zielske. The other book, which is actually the first one she wrote, will soon be delivered.
So far, I’ve just flipped through but I can already see that it’s full of everything I wanted, needed. It seems very inspirational and I have « no ragrets » *wink* about buying this book, naw what I’m sayin 🙂 ?!