I’ve been spending too much time working…again. I know this because the other day I walked around my yard and found that it is now overrun with weeds. This is the same garden I spent days planting the annuals and perennials, meticulously digging new beds, cleaning out old beds and even spent a few hours putting together a wheel barrel ( my husband was out of town so I couldn’t get him to put the darn thing together) so that I could haul all the different dirts, mulches and mixes around. This same garden has in the past 2 weeks turned into a wild jungle full of prickly weeds, insatiable slugs and spotty grass. There are strange vines actually growing in my grass now. It’s all pointing to one thing…I have neglected my garden, my place closest to tranquility in favor of work. Sitting in front of a computer, by a phone and fax, dealing with numbers and orders. I know for a fact that when I die I will most surely think that I should have spent more time in my garden.
This is often a question I ask myself. I think that by definition, a truly great artist knows when they’ve gone overboard. They just stepped over the line between "insightful" and gone directly to "distasteful". Lately I’ve been getting "caught up" in the "more is better" attitude of scrapbooking. I find my layouts are cluttered and heavy. Too many bits and pieces. More squiggles, more layers, more embellishments, more everything! I’m trying to put an entire lifetime onto one layout. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS! Give the eyes a break. Leave some empty space. Not every inch of that layout needs to have something in it. Now I am trying to think each time that I place an item on the page… what is this doing there? Is it adding to the message I am trying to communicate? Or is it simply filling up space? Look at your layout quickly, turn away and look again. Squint. It’ll help you decide if you eyes are drawn to the focal point you have created, or if your eyes are simply wandering throughout the page, lost in the tangle of doodads and stuff that has been added. If so, take some of it off. Your layout will be focused and articulate. When I saw this layout created with the PDQ Tailored paper by Wendy Smedley it made me think of just how great that type of a layout can be.