January 30, 2014

Joy

I made this layout for my local scrapbook store a few weeks ago. It didn't take much time, probably about 30 minutes. I debated over adding more "stuff" but I've been told that sometimes less is more when it's for a store display, so I went with that theory and left it fairly simple.
Fast forward to yesterday when I was back at my local store. I noticed a lady standing looking at my layout and sketching the design. As I approached her she said "I hope it's ok if I copy this?" I assured it was fine and that was why there were samples, for the inspiration.  After chatting with her for a few minutes, she told me it was her 3rd trip back to the store, just to look at this layout. I kind of laughed when she said it and told her "oh that, it was so easy to make, it didn't take any time at all." She looked at me with that deer-in-the-headlights look. After chatting a bit more, I find out that she has been scrapbooking for all of 2 weeks, that on a whim, on January 15, she bought a few patterned papers, and for the past 2 weeks has been trying to figure out what to do with what she bought. She hadn't ever been in a scrapbook store before that day, and since then all she has wanted to do was play with paper and glue. I told her I had been scrapbooking for a long, long time, but all I want to do is play with paper and glue too!  Long story short (ha ha!) I showed her how I matted the photos, told her that the little red sparkly things that she loved are sequins just like she probably used on an art project as a kid, showed her how to use a paper trimmer and paper punch for the first time, explained all about this magical die-cutting machine we all know as a Silhouette, and that yes, I really did sew with a sewing machine just to give it a little bit of texture.

After she left the store, I was thinking about how excited she was and how happy she was to know that there really were "no rules" in scrapbooking. A little part of me was excited too, excited that something I made caught her eye and made her want to give it a try. Some days it's the little things that put a smile on your face and make your day. Today was one of them.

Supplies- papers: My Minds Eye, cardstock, sequins

11 comments:

Caroline Hancock said...

Love this layout so much, the colours are fabulous. What an awesome story, love that you helped her out, it must of made her day.

Anonymous said...

What a great story! I love that! - and your layout too. Nancy Jo

Madeline said...

Beautiful page, and how nice it was for you to take the new scrapper under your wings and help her out. New scrappers will be what keep this industry going!

Amy Coose said...

Love that story, and your layout is fab! Sometimes less is more, and this layout is perfect just as it is!

paperlovechronicles said...

I love your titling!

Debbie P said...

It's a lovely layout and that's a awesome story. We secretly live for those moments!

Melissa Smith said...

Sweet story about the customer! The layout is great and I love the white on brown with splashes of red!

Lisa said...

I worked at an LSS for several years, conversations like that were always a fun part of the job :D Great layout!

Pam W. said...

Nice story. Love the layout - great photo!

Patricia said...

What a great story! Love the layout! Great colors together

Ashley Horton said...

I love this page Mary Ann! The clean and simple design looks awesome! And what a great story to share!! Love hearing stories like these!