‘If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well’ or so my Godmother used to tell me and I still try to live by that. I don’t believe in half measures and I won’t accept second best. But perfection? Well that’s a different matter entirely. The search for perfection can lead to far from perfect results.
Waiting for the perfect time to do something, or the perfect person to be with can mean we miss out on a whole heap of fun. It can stifle our creativity because we are frightened of making a mistake and of the end result not being perfect. We can miss out on a whole bunch of photos with our kids because our hair or make up isn’t perfect. Or we can miss a deadline because our work isn’t perfect.
I wasn’t entirely happy with this LO when I submitted it for this month’s challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous.
I thought the handwriting looked scruffy, but I needed to get it in on time to hit the deadline and I knew that if I didn’t it would be hanging over me, stopping me create anything new. So I sent it off and created 3 more pages while I pondered what to do about the writing.
I had an idea, but what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have enough mini alphas to complete the job? Answer – photocopy them onto satin photo paper of course!
So I cut out the alphas I needed, stuck on some extra journalling blocks to support the longer word strings and got busy with the glue.
Puddle Duck says I’ve spoiled it. I sent the new version to Theresa and Lea and they posted the original handwritten version on the website, so I guess they like that one better too. Seeing them now together I think I do prefer the first one. In trying to get it perfect I’ve had the opposite effect – what do you think?
There’s plenty more inspiration from the rest of the design team, so please join us at Scrapbookers Anonymous for this month’s challenge by making a LO using your journalling blocks. All mine were handcut from a sheet of American Crafts paper. It’s not often I use all one range of papers, but I knew this page was going to be so busy the papers had to hang together. And the chipboard flowers worked well layered on journalling circles with buttons and butterflies.
I don’t want to make this post too long, but if you want to get a closer look at the photos I used you can find them here.
My page isn’t perfect, but it’s growing on me. And I know that it doesn’t have to be the best, so long as I have done my best. And I’ll just leave you with this little Amish pearl of wisdom, which is echoed in different forms in other cultures. When the Amish make a quilt they will deliberately make a mistake because only God is perfect and can make perfect things.
Don’t let perfection hold you back!