There were three guests on the show (plus host Noell and producer Izzy), each of whom turned their love of scrapbooking into a full-time career. The main discussion was about whether turning a hobby into work makes you love your work or whether it takes the joy from your hobby. I won't summarize the opinions; you can hear it for yourself here if you're interested. In general, I am in the camp that believes it's a good idea to turn your hobby into work (obviously, or I wouldn't have the jobs I do). But I also know my own limits. I can do design work, but it has to be in my style with products I love. I've worked for stores that stocked product I didn't like, and it is really tough to create under those circumstances. I'm not great at scrapping with major time pressure. Sketch-based design teams are much better for me than product-based ones. Writing about product that isn't my style is far easier than crafting with it. I've learned some of this the hard way.
On the other hand, I've never been stretched further creatively than in those jobs. I went back and looked at the many layouts I made for the various design teams and other positions I've had. While I don't love everything I made, I do like most of them. There are some that I'm really proud of and that I probably never would have made if not for the assignment. Here are a handful of them that I haven't shared recently, if at all:
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Is turning your hobby into a career a good idea, or is that a sure-fire way to lose your love for that hobby?