Scrapbooking can be an emotional rollercoaster. Although it’s your passion and you love doing it, everything doesn’t always go according to plan. There are highs and lows that come with putting a scrapbook together, and what better way to display these different emotions than with emojis (in celebration of World Emoji Day!)?
They say there’s an emoji for everything, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to the moods and emotions you feel when scrapbooking. We’re celebrating World Emoji Day by taking a look at the 15 moods you may find yourself feeling while you scrapbook and we’re doing it in the form of emojis!
It always starts with inspiration. Maybe you just took a ton of pictures at an event and you want to dedicate an entire spread to that day. Maybe you read one of our blog posts and were inspired by one of our many layouts. Or maybe you took inspiration from something else in your life. No matter where it comes from, the inspiration is the first step toward creating something that you can be proud of.
Once you’re inspired, it’s time to get the supplies you need! This is when you’re either on the Creative Memories website yourself or talking to your Advisor. You’re trying to get as much information as possible and figuring out everything that you’ll need to put your project together. This mood ends with your shopping cart full and your expectations high!
This might be the hardest part: the waiting game. Your products have been ordered (either by you or your Advisor) and now you just have to await their arrival. The vision of what you want to do is sitting in your head as clear as day, yet you sadly can’t do anything about it. All you can do is wait and (try to) be as patient as possible.
Your products are finally here! You’ve been waiting and all of your painstaking patience pays off once you finally have your products in your hands. The box on your doorstep represents an endless amount of possibilities and you can’t wait to get started.
However, that joy can quickly turn into a twinge of uneasiness once you see everything laid out in your craft room. A blank page can be pretty intimidating, and you might start to feel a little overwhelmed with the endless possibilities that just had you so gleeful. Although this might seem a bit daunting at first, once you get the ball rolling on your project, the nervousness disappears almost immediately.
The fun is back! Once you’re over the initial “scrapbook block,” the ideas start to pour out onto the page. You’re trimming, journaling, embellishing (with Foam Squares!) and having an absolute blast. You feel like an artist with all the interesting design choices that you’re making and it feels like your brain is going 100 miles per hour. The only thing you’re worried about is trying to get all of your ideas onto the page before a new idea comes along and makes you forget the previous one.
Just when you think that nothing can stop the creative juices from flowing, you get stopped dead in your tracks when you come across an old picture that makes you laugh. Maybe it’s from your college days, maybe it’s one of your kids dressed in a ridiculous Halloween costume or maybe it’s a long series of baby pictures from when your child was getting their first hands-on experience with finger food. No matter what it is, these pictures will definitely derail your progress as you call in your family members to come and see these lost treasures that you’ve stumbled upon.
Alright. No more distractions! It’s time to get to work. The tears of joy are wiped from your eyes and all hands are on deck. You only have eyes for your layout-in-progress and your finished pages, and you’re working with the speed and rhythm of someone who has had too much caffeine. You’re completely in the zone now as the trimmer is gliding, the adhesive is securing to the page and the pen is scribbling furiously. You’ve become absolutely unstoppable.
That is, until you come across another photo that stops you in your tracks. However, this one doesn’t make you cry tears of laughter. No, this photo makes you cry tears of nostalgia. This photo is from the past and it invokes memories so vivid that it’s almost as if you have been instantly transported back to the day that the picture was taken. You can smell the smells, hear the sounds and feel the same feelings of love and happiness that you felt when you were holding the camera. These photos make you realize just how blessed you’ve been throughout your life as you’re hit with a wave of gratitude.
Once the sentimental feelings have come and gone, it’s time to get back to work. At this point, you’re starting to see some real progress. Your page is starting to look more and more like the finished product that you have envisioned. This makes you feel pretty crafty. You’re seeing your own personal touches coming alive on the page and you’re excited to see that your creative decisions paid off!
The craftiness peak is inevitably met with a valley. At some point in the process, you’re going to be stumped. Maybe you messed up on a measurement, you’re struggling with something from the blog instructions or you simply just have a blank spot on the page that you don’t know what to do with. Scrapbooking, like any other creative venture, is going to be met with some time spent staring blankly at your page/canvas. Although this can feel like lost time, it’s actually necessary to the process. Overcoming the “scrapbooker’s block” is the only way to make sure that you’re getting your best ideas onto the page.
You did it! Your project is finally done. You’ve spent the last few hours pouring over this project and to see the fruits of your labor on the page is one of the most rewarding feelings you can ever have. There is something about undergoing a creative endeavor that creates a sense of pride that cannot be matched by anything else. You finally have an end result in front of you and you have successfully captured and commemorated a moment from your past that you can now cherish for years to come. So, give yourself a pat on the back; you’ve earned it!
When you were in total scrap happy mode, you failed to realize just how much of a mess you made in the process. You look up and see you’ve got paper scraps and Foam Square backs scattered all around you. The last thing you want to do after working for the last few hours is clean, but thankfully, once you get started, cleaning up doesn’t take too long and is actually a pretty relaxing way to decompress after all of the hard work that you just finished doing.
Once everything is all cleaned up and put away, you’ll inevitably be exhausted. You’ve just spent a good amount of time both mentally and emotionally laboring over these pages. Take the time to unwind, step away from the scrapbook and relax.
This is what it’s all about. This mood comes just after the project is completed and will live on for days, weeks, months and years later, when you pull out the scrapbook to show your friends and family. They’ll be moved by all the detail that you put into each and every page, and they’ll relive the same happy memories that you did when you put it all together.
Celebrate World Emoji Day in Style
A scrapbooking project brings a whirlwind of emotions with it. Sure, you may experience a few lows, but you’ll also experience some incredible highs. Are you looking to take some of that emotion and put it on a digital layout? Then make sure you celebrate World Emoji Day and pick up the Digital Emoji Stickers!
What’s your favorite mood during the scrapbooking process? Which one is your least favorite? Comment below!