For the last few months or so I’ve been doing a big re-design of my scrapbook studio/workroom/office/woman-cave/craftroom… (I’ve never been too sure of what the proper vocabulary is for my room.) Mostly I’ve been replacing old shelves with new ones and trying to find a better organizational system for all the stuff I’ve been accumulating during my scrapbooking life. It’s been a big process, but well worth it for many reasons. One of those reasons is that while doing some of this organizing I stumbled across a book I had completely forgotten about. My original sketchbook. Like the unpublished, mostly unseen, very first sketchbook.
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Years and years ago I used to hand draw my sketches before I evolved into the much easier and much faster world of computer generated sketches. I used to sit down with my red sketch book, a mechanical pencil, and a special ruler I had that helped me create accurately scaled down layouts and photo sizes. I could sit there for hours drawing out the ideas that fluttered around in my head. It definitely took a lot longer to make my thoughts a reality when I did it this way, but I forgot how enjoyable it was too. It was almost like the hand drawn side of it made me feel like I was being more creative, more artsy, I guess you could say.
This book almost feels like my little book of secrets, a little hidden vault of my favorite work. It has hundreds, HUNDREDS of sketches inside of it. A few of them I’ve used and passed along to you guys over the years, but most of them have never been used or seen by anyone other than me. It was definitely a little hidden gem I had forgotten about and I’m so glad I found it! You know, honestly, it really hasn’t changed a whole lot. My vocabulary during work what are you sure ok shut the fuck why i am here shirt. When I first found it and started flipping through the pages I was expecting to see a lot of older, outdated-ish looking sketches.