Lessons to be learned

Oh man, Monday morning and I feel pushed and rushed for no reason –
I do this to myself you know!
I’m three “BOM-daily prompts” behind and I know I can’t catch up…
if I try, my work would go down the hill.

I have to except that I’m a slow scrapper and it’s just thát what makes
my work the way it is. Worthwhile!
I must allow myself to play and create other things than “BOM” if I want to.
Nobody’s forcing me to work on that every day…
I can do it later.
Or not.
Or whatever.

It’s a hard lesson to learn: let it loose.
Relax, create for fun only!

Michelle struggles with it too sometimes, I just went to her blog
’cause I remember she wrote about it.
Here’s what she wrote: 

“I learned (or should I say re-learned) a valuable lesson this week:
Always create to satisfy your own heart. Trying to create something
for someone else’s approval just plain doesn’t work, and it’s a sure way
to come up with a bad case of artist’s block….
Artist’s block is something that happens to me every so often and
each time it takes me awhile to come back to the same conclusion
I noted above. I’m trying too hard. Once I realize that and let go
I’m free again. It’s getting to the point of realization that is sometimes
the hard part. Each time I get a little better at it though, so that’s progress, right?”

Thanks for reminding me Michelle!!!

I don’t know what today will bring,
but I did two BOM pages earlier that I hadn’t show you yet,
so here’s some creativeness…


Page #5 – Movies
Do you like movies? Is it a love-hate relationship?
Do you have a favourite movie?
Do you love a particular genre more than others?
Are you obsessed about a particular movie?
This prompt is all about the movie screen.
Whatever your relationship with the silver screen …
this is the prompt for you!  

My page is about the Dutch movie “Turks Fruit”
(I think it is known as “Turkish delight” outside Holland)

Journaling (in Dutch) is about how I went to see this “adult” movie
(lots of sex in it) when I was eleven, with my mum and auntie.
We read the book before so we knew how it ended (she dies) and had a bunch
of handkerchiefs with us. We needed them too. Yes, we cried!

Page #6 – Reading
Today’s prompt is to celebrate your love (or hate) of reading.
Do you read every night before going to bed like I do?
Do you prefer magazines instead of books and have several
stacks on your coffee table?
Or maybe on Sunday morning while reading the newspaper
you dive into the comics first?
Whatever it is, document it and share with us.

I printed two bigger photo’s and put a transparency page in between,
with a little pocket (made of Hambley)
The left page is a detail photo of one of my bookshelves,
the right photo is me reading.
The journaling tag in the pocket has names of favourite authors written on.
The tab (on the transparency) says “I read”


And some goodness came my way…
Helen gave me this wonderful award!

I’ve seen this award
elsewhere and I was
in ooh and awe over
this beautiful image –
secretly hoping it
would come my way…

… and it did!
Thanks so much Helen!

Since I find this such a
beautiful award,
I choose the following
persons very carefully.

People whoms style I really, really like.
Who give me inspiration, every time I go to their blog.
I am going to pass this on to some very special artists: 

  • Michelle (ofcourse)
  • Ronda (my “example”)
  • Seth (for making me explore other directions)

You’re the best!!!

And now, off to see what the rest of the day is going to bring…
(some grocerie shopping, anyway!)
Thanks for listening to my whining and looking at my layouts –
I really appriciate it!

Je t’embrasse!

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12 Responses to “Lessons to be learned”

  • Emine Says:

    HI turkish delight here LOL

    I know everything about your struggle.Every scrapbooker has from time to time a creative block. Remember that creativity will come back as soon as you let go those pushing thoughts. Michelle is right. So create something just for the fun today.


    btw: love your pages. pretty cool…

  • Cindy Says:

    Thank you so much for being the first to leave a comment on my blog. Sooooo sweet of you. Love “lessons learned”. I will apply what Michelle says. Great LO’s. You do fabulous work. Keep it up. Cindy

  • Jeanet Says:

    Wow..Marit!I love your BOM…going to be great! And you’re absolutely right (and so is Michelle)
    You can’t rush the process…just let go and try again…besides you make it for yourself so you can always catch up…I love the pompts at CD but I can’t make a daily page…so I love to do this,only on my own time…Learning everyday 🙂

  • Michelle LaPoint Rydell Says:

    Oh wow Marit! I’m so touched that my words helped you! I can sooo relate to how you are feeling! Thank you also for the wonderful award – you made my day my friend!


  • Diana Says:

    Now thank you for sharing your heart as does Michelle! Love you for YOU, so dont you change a thing. I too learned that you have to scrap from the heart or you do feel the “stress” of scrapping. I wish I was more artistic like you and Michelle but soon realized this was not my gift. So for now I just you two everyday!!

    Have a marvelous Monday!!!!

  • Cynthia Says:

    Loved this post. I have learned once creating starts stressing me out to step away from the page for a bit 🙂 It helps me re-group why I love this hobby so much 🙂 Since you love reading as much as I do. Have you ever read the book The Artist Way? Awesome. Awesome.

  • Vivian Says:

    Ik herken bovenstaande maar al te goed, het is me ook al een aantal keren overkomen.
    Je BOM kun je altijd nog afmaken…deze pagina`s zijn in elk geval weer super.

    Gefeliciteerd met je award, liefs Viv

  • Lydia Jackson Says:

    I just popped onto your blog found it at cocoa daisy, and I love the look of it the distressing looks amazing!

  • Danielle Hayes Says:

    Tell me about it Marit!!! It is almost 5pm here, and I have done NOTHING today. I am in the same place.
    But, I am curious.. Who are you doing this BOM for (other then yourself), I mean where do you get these prompts? Please email me the answer.

    I left something for you on my blog!!! Helen beat me to it!!!! Mine is different though.


  • Seth Says:

    Thank you so, so much for passing this award on to me and my blog. I really appreciate it and am so happy that you feel I have helped you to explore!! Much thanks.

  • Bethany Kartchner Says:

    I so know where you are coming from. I too am a very slow scrapper/creator. I love to take my time. If I get too rushed my work really suffers too. Thanks for this post. I needed to read it today.

  • ~*~ Patty Szymkowicz Says:

    I totally agree with Michelle, it’s always good to read those words again! I like to think of creating as “play”. Love seeing what you create! Congrats on that lovely award!