When I made my first scrapbook project, it was a Christmas present for my boss. His daughter had recently gotten married and many of his colleagues and business associates would ask to see pictures. Well, that really isn't a "guy" thing, so I thought...why don't I make a scrapbook of the wedding for him to keep at the office. Once the newness of it wears off, he can take it home as a keepsake. I wish I had the ability to keep things simple, but fortunately, it turned out to be quite the book. I am sorry I didn't think to take some pictures of it.
Having conquered how to make a scrapbook, I decided I wanted to learn how to make "personalized" greeting cards. For some reason, I couldn't seem to mentally make the transition to something much smaller. I suffer from the "bigger is better" mentality - LOL.
After a string of events, I ended up buying a Cricut Expression. For those of you who aren't familiar, it is a "printer/cutting machine" that cuts out pictures and letters for creative projects. One thing led to another and I ended up finding this wonderful "scrapbooking/social networking/online store" called Posh Designs Scrapbook Store. WoW!! A whole new world for me. It really has a warm and family-like atmosphere. They've got a fabulous and artistic design team, and the members are quite talented and friendly. I say this for two reasons: 1) you should definitely check them out if you love scrapbooking or cardmaking, and 2) they have bi-weekly card challenges which are a lot of fun to make. The owner designs a layout sketch, and you have the opportunity to be as creative as possible to fulfill the design scheme. It really is a lot of fun to see the many interpretations of the design. I know, a lot of words just to introduce my rendition of the PDSS #11 Card Challenge:
Unfortunately, this blog doesn't do the colors justice. The colors are more of a "tropical" selection of pastels. I had so much fun making this card that I ended up making six more. Suffice it to say, I am really loving this new avenue of creation. Now the problem is...what do I do with them all? Hmmm, maybe I can sell them...surely something to ponder.
Here's a couple of cards I made for my special friend Michelle. Can you tell she really loves Bling?
This is the third card I ever made. Don't ask me why, but I always get these great ideas that I have never done before. I decided I wanted to sew the lace on the card. I have never sewn a day in my life, but I bought this tiny little sewing machine from Joann's. Thank goodness it was for a 12 year old - LOL! With a little practice, you can conquer much. Until next week!
It only takes a little imagination.....Linda