Posts by: darcylea


A Whole New World!

Once upon a time, I used to do a lot of rubber stamping crafts. I had a small addiction to Stampin’ Up!® and had about 50 different ink pads, multiple clear boxes full of stamp sets, stacks of cardstock, an embarrassing amount of glitter, glue sticks and other funny little embellishments. But as an artist and designer, I felt that I was betraying myself and my own craft by using other people’s designs to create greeting cards (that I selfishly hoarded) and scrapbook pages. Could I really call myself an ‘artist’ or a ‘designer’ if I were relying on other people’s work? I mean, I realize that I was taking their designs and doing my own thing with them, but that really didn’t convince me that it was work that I could call my own. I felt like an imposter. So, as much as I hated it, I gave it up. I sold all of my stamp sets, all of my ink pads, got rid of all of my crazy embellishments, and a lot of the glitter. I did this at a time when the Cricut® cutting machines started making their debut. I didn’t really understand what they did. I knew that it had something to do with cutting out paper and that you had to buy cartridges to use them. I remember looking at some of the cartridges. They had a set of designs that you could use to cut out patterns on the machine. But the designs seemed so primitive and pre-school-ish in design. I wasn’t impressed. Plus, once again, it was using someone else’s designs to create scrapbooking crafts. So I avoided any sort of buy-in to it. Plus, those things weren’t cheap. To re-invest in all of the stamping, scrapbooking and other cheesy paper crafts...

Today I am Taking Mel’s Advice…

I don’t know how many of you know who Mel Robbins is. For those who don’t, she is one of the most motivational speakers of the day. She wrote a book a couple of years ago, The 5-Second Rule. I have read it twice and about to pick it up and go through it a 3rd time. I have it on audiobook and have often listened to it on the way to/from work as it is a great way to start/end the day. It has inspired me to map out things that I needed to get done for the day and take action. And even in the evenings, when I feel like doing nothing but turning off my brain and watching tv for the rest of the night, I know that there are tasks that need to be taken care of and I need to find a way to make myself do them…even though I don’t want to. Those dishes aren’t going to wash themselves, afterall. But another reason why I love listening to Mel Robbins is because it isn’t just about the “5-Second Rule”. It’s also about building confidence in myself, pushing away self-doubt and doing what I love regardless of what anyone else thinks. That’s a tough one for me. Take this blog, for instance. Want to know why this is my very first post (and hopefully not my last)? Self doubt. I have worried that maybe what I had to say wasn’t good enough for someone else to read. Or maybe it wasn’t relevant. Or that I’d be judged. Or ridiculed. And honestly, it scared me. Also, I have a spaghetti brain. I have so many things that I want to talk about, share, discuss. Where do I start? How should I organize my thoughts and schedule...