Some of you may remember my post about entering the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Hall of Fame contest last year. I am happy to report that I entered. I didn't win, but I entered. I have some really great layouts from doing that contest...a couple that I may have never done without it, like one about Joel and one about lipstick.
I also have a few layouts from that contest that I'd like to throw in the garbage....I won't actually do it, but I really don't like them. I attribute it to the fact that those particular layouts were the last ones I finished (and no, I won't be showing them to you here. ;) )
You see, I started really strong last year around October. Had some great ideas for the assignments and was excited about the contest. Then, in early December, I found out I was pregnant with Sophia. Not long after that I landed myself in the hospital with my "normal" hyperemesis of pregnancy. I was in the hospital for about a week, and while I read some scrapbooking magazines and tried to think of ideas for my remaining layouts, I didn't really make much progress on the contest.
When I got out of the hospital I had about 3 weeks to go before the deadline. It took me a week to gear myself up to finishing. I can remember just throwing those last 3 layouts together and not even caring. I only did it because I knew I would really regret not finishing up and not getting an entry in regardless of my health problems. I knew 7 of those layouts were my best work, and the other 3 I forgave myself for.
I wasn't surprised when I didn't win or even get a nod for honorable mention since I knew I hadn't turned in my very best work. So be it. There was always next year, right?
Well...it's next year. Hall of Fame entries are due on Monday. When I saw the rules and assignments for this go around back in October I thought I wouldn't do it. Why? Because I was (am) busier than I've been since I was Relief Society President and also because the assignments seemed uber difficult. Inventive technique? Yeah, right. I am the most non-technique oriented scrapper on the planet. Crafty combo? Okay...but I turned in my best idea for that in last year's contest under a different assignment. Mini album? No way. I don't do those. Journal your Passion? Do I even have a passion? Etc. Etc.
Then, my friend Jill from Arizona decided to enter and she talked me into it, sort of. I still put off working on it because I didn't have time. I made a couple layouts that could count for my free assignments (no requirements...just your favorite layouts) and put them away, but that's all I did until about 3 weeks ago. And even then, I still only got a couple more done, but at least I got a few assignments and all my freebies finished. So, I was still very non-committal about it all.
And then one day I realized: I will regret it if I don't enter and I can do it. So, I let my laundry folding go to pot...seriously, I had a mountain of clean laundry in my hallway...and I got to work. This was about a week and a half ago and I had 5 more layouts to complete. And, I am happy to report that I did it! Got it assembled Wednesday morning (took 2 hours of work!) and mailed it that afternoon courtesy of a wonderful husband who treated it like it was one of the children.
I really love all my layouts this time, but even then, I don't have too many hopes of winning. It's a slim chance and my photography is probably not where it should be. But, I'm a winner just for getting it in. If I don't win this year I don't know if I'll enter again...scrapbooking has seemed to be more of a sidenote in my life lately rather than the center focus it has taken for the past few years.
So, now you know. My little secret: I entered Hall of Fame 2007.
Cross your fingers for me.