Friday, June 6, 2014

*** Well I Guess I Should Tell You Something***

I wasn't going to do this.

I made this decision 2 months ago & was just going to let it go. 
Not say anything. 

In fact, I was thinking of just letting this blog fade into the sunset - but I feel like I owe you, 
My one (besides my sweet mama, hiiii Mom!) reader, this:

Before I say what I need to say, I want to say thank you. 
Thank you to each and every person in this industry who I've had the pleasure
Dealing with. Thank you to each friend I've made, each person I've had the privilege 
Of meeting & to ALL of my design teams I've had the utmost HONOR of being a part of.
Thank you so much for having faith in me. For loving each thing I've made using your products,
For sending me the product to create with. I absolutely love each and everything I've had the pleasure 
To use & make memories in my albums with it all of your incredible things.

It's come time for me to step back and reevaluate where I am in life
(2 almost college graduate kids, 2 newly engaged kids (they're both engaged 
to their future spouses, WHAT?!) 

I'm wanting to dive more into my photography & just enjoy being me. It's time. 

I will continue to scrapbook. Just for me. I've got a couple of projects I'm working 
On this month for  friends & theirteams, but after that - it's back to being me.

I've moved my scrap room in a new area in my home & while it's been done and set up now for 2 
Months - I've yet to make anything in there. I haven't scrapped in THAT long. I think I've lost the touch!

I started in this industry in 2005. I've been blessed. I've enjoyed each opportunity I've had 
A part of. I love this hobby. I just hope I can dive back in one day.

Thank you for all of your support, love & kind words you've given me. I appreciate you so much.

Much love, 
Leslie Ashe.


Julie GM said...

Wow! I'll miss seeing your amazing layouts! Congrats to you though on being brave & taking that step for YOU. Enjoy your days & what matters most in your heart.

Stacey Michaud said...

I will miss your work, but I totally get it! I will be keeping up with your adventures on Facebook!

Susan (susiestampalot) said...

Leslie, I totally get where you are coming from. We will miss your amazing work! I look forward to seeing the "just for fun stuff". If you ever want a crafty girl to hang with though, let me know! ♡♥♡

Mel said...

Oh Leslie...I will miss seeing your beautiful pages and projects on a regular basis but I am happy you are taking time to enjoy this season of your life with your beautiful family! You have inspired me in so many ways over the years but most of all I have always looked up to you for raising one beautiful girl and one handsome boy (I am kinda partial to Moms with one of each) and doing so with grace and appreciation! I don't think I have ever heard you say one negative thing about being a Mom. I don't "know" you IRL but I KNOW enough from reading here and on fb to know that you see motherhood as your greatest blessing. I wish you nothing but the best in the next chapter of your story:)
But please give us some scrappy goodness every once in awhile ok?

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Giant hugs! I know how you feel, in a way. I hope that you will post your photographs on this blog and we can still keep in touch. :)

Colette Nederhoff said...

Leslie- you have to be the queen of inspiration - my "Go-to" for ideas and seeing the the cutting edge things. YOU are amazing- one talented lady! What a blessing for all the people who you inspired! I appreciate the changes that happen in life and the new adventures that await! Congrats on your decision and thanks again for all you have done to share your awesome style!

Sandra said...

thank you for the inspiration all these years .....

Jen Gallacher said...

Leslie, you are an INCREDIBLE artist. I think the world of you and can't wait to see what you do next. :) I admire you making this decision.

Leah l'Orange said...

well love, i appreciate and respect where you're at in your life, and i wish you ALL the best! there's a lot going on, and you'll certainly be busy documenting it all with your camera! i'll be around, and i'll be watching, and liking your instagram and facebook posts, still inspired by wonderful you! xo

Brianna Lynn said...

you were one of my first "scrappy crushes", I have found amazing inspiration in your art and have loved following along your work and more. Congratulations on the beautiful new paths you are faced with,I hope you embrace this new path, and all of the new time you will have for great things, like all your travels and flee market findings! :)

Diana Waite said...

Good luck to you my friend--you are AMAZING!! it has been a privilege!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Enjoy each moment and thanks for the time you shared with us!

Karen Conner said...

We go thru season's in our life. A lot of people flounder around trying to keep up doing what they "think" they need to be doing. You-young lady-have figured it out!
You're doing what makes your heart happy and since we aren't promised tomorrow-do what makes you happy! That brings more joy to your loved ones and the Lord!
have a super-fabulous-time!

Cathy said...

You are such an inspiration...I will miss your amazing work...but can't wait to see what's in store for you in the future! You are amazing!

Kate Vickers said...

Good for you, Leslie! I made the same decision last summer when I started my horse boarding business. Scrapbooking is supposed to be for YOU and not for what a manufacturer or kit club is wanting you to do to promote their business. You are an amazing scrapbooker and I hope that the passion strikes you again once you're able to remove the pressure of it (not that you mentioned that in your post, I just know from experience).

Jody said...

Good for you Leslie! You need to do what's best for you and what your heart tells you. You are a string confident woman and an incredible artist and designer. Whichever path you choose from here on out know that you will be successful!!!

Laura Strack said...

It should be all about what's best for you. Once you take some of the pressure off, your creative mojo will return and your art will be more beautiful than ever. Lots of grand babies to scrap will most likely be in the future but now you have 2 wedding to help plan. I'm sure much of your energy and talents will be spent at these special events! Have fun and enjoy your family. It is what life is all about.

terri d said...

Leslie I've enjoyed watching your blog and all the great projects however I understand the need to move on and wish you many good times and new memories as you go on this new venture. Sounds like some exciting photo opts are coming your way and this is a good time to dive into it. Blessings~ T

jbonomo said...

thank you for being such a great inspiration! Good luck with your photography business and taking care of your family, after all, that is what is most and them. Best to you!

antenucci said...

I will miss seeing your creations around, you have been a wonderful inspiration. Good luck with your upcoming wedding stuff!

Chris and Paige Evans said...

Wait, your son is engaged too?? How did I miss that! CONGRATS!

I am so super sad that you're stepping away, but I totally understand. Some days I am just so burnt out and don't know how I'll come up with one more layout! You're courageous for doing this! I loved working with you for so many years at American Crafts! I'll be following along your new adventures!

Sheri Twing said...

Can't believe I'm just now reading this. I've noticed your IG lacking layouts so I figured something was up. I totally get where you're coming from. I was no where near doing what you were doing and I just got so lost in everything that I got a bit burned out myself. Found my creating was not what I really wanted to do but what I thought they were wanting. I've taken a break for a couple years now and have enjoyed it. Still scrapping and doing Project life just not under time constraints and all. I always enjoy your posts and probably follow you more on IG. I've enjoyed seeing your life progress from a mom with kids to college bound and now marriages! You'll be staring at your grandkids before you know me! Looking forward to seeing your progress in your new endeavors and excited to see what you'll be up to with wedding planning! Hugs sweetie!