Monthly Archives: May 2011

Simple treasures

Birthday card with sunflower stamp, yellow card stockThe other day I found yet even more card stock I didn’t remember bringing to Kent. This was the perfect discovery since I had just decided to make the time to actually scrapbook a page.

I almost forgot how rewarding it is to finish a layout. I love cropping the photos, mounting them on patterned paper and colored card stock and then adding embellishments.

I particularly enjoy looking through my supplies, coordinating items for my page and sifting through buried ribbons and stickers I’ve forgotten. It’s great to find a new, old treasure.

What’s your favorite scrapbooking find? Which treasures have you found at the store or within your own supplies?

Of course I allotted some time to make some cards this week as well; also rewarding, but more in the sense I’ve finished them a few weeks before Father’s Day rather than a few days before.

Check out the “My Work” page to see photos of cards I’ve created recently.


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What’s your inspiration?

Birthday girl, Kristin, and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7

Kristin and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7

It’s the first Tuesday after the end of spring semester, and I’m ambitious to accomplish many things this summer.

So far I’ve walked a few miles at the Hinckley Reservation and it feels great. The weather was gorgeous yesterday so I figured I should enjoy one of my favorite local parks while I’m at home in Medina this week.

It also felt great to create some cute cards for my friends and family this past weekend. Between graduation, a birthday and Mother’s Day, I had to catch up on some work.

My creativity didn’t “pop” as much as did Delia Randall’s with her Mother’s Day cards I mentioned in my last post, but I did like the designs I came up with for the graduation cards I made.

I used a specific color for each card, combining solid card stock and patterned papers. The result was a rainbow of congratulatory greetings.Rainbow of graduation cards

Sans the usual rubber stamps, my Mother’s Day cards turned out to look similar to most cards I make. I love the appearance of the layered, ripped card stock. I chose patterned papers with purple  and yellow shades, which portrays one of my favorite color combinations.three Mother's Day cards

I’ve found I don’t plan my designs beforehand, whether I’m scrapbooking or making cards. I simply lay my materials in front of me and combine the colors, patterns and textures I find most appealing at the time.

Does anyone have trouble brainstorming designs on the spot? And where and when do you accomplish your best work?

I’m inspired to scrapbook because I want to preserve memories. I’m inspired to make cards because I want to make my friends, family and even acquaintances feel happy, loved and appreciated.

But sometimes I can’t pinpoint my designs’ inspiration. I don’t know why I chose to use brads instead of eyelets or stamps instead of stickers. The final product is my perception of good work, or at the very least the best I can do. I base my designs off what looks right or what feels good.

And it feels good to create something someone else appreciates as much as I do.

It also feels good to be finished with finals and free to have fun and relax a bit this summer.

Congratulations to the class of 2011!

Allison, Aubrey, Stephanie, Carrie and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7

Allison, Aubrey, Stephanie, Carrie and I outside the MACC after graduation, May 7


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Someone to appreciate

My mom, Ann, and I

Mother’s Day is one week from today, and naturally I have yet to complete cards for my mom, step-mom and grandmas. However, the semester is just about over and after I complete my two exams this week, I should have the time to create something special for the special moms I know.

I remember using flower rubber stamps on my Mother’s Day cards last year or the year before. Although I love rubber stamps, I want to try something new this year. I found some simple yet adorable Mother’s Day cards on Delia Randall’s blog.

Does anyone have suggestions for cute Mother’s Day cards?

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