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The plan.

I started making handmade cards close to 10 years ago, at the very least.

But now, I want to expand my hobby to become something bigger, more fulfilling. I love customizing my cards for the people I know well and love, to brighten their birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. But why not share my creations with others as well?

I wandered into a local shop in downtown Kent a few weeks ago after hearing the owners might be willing to help me out by selling some of my cards.

I love the atmosphere of small town shops. They’re cozy and unique, and their contents interest me so much, to the point that I could spend hours just browsing around.

After walking around a bit, glancing at gorgeous handmade jewelry – and a few other handmade cards – I approached the front counter and asked the cashier about a consignment opportunity. She simply told me to bring in a few samples of my work, and then we can assess whether my cards are a good fit for their customers from there.

To try something new, but also utilize other media of my work, I decided to print some photos from my dad’s garden at home, my travels overseas and even random photos of my cats to mount on the front of my cards, instead of resorting to the countless other scrapbooking supplies I use so often. (Although I won’t let those all go to waste!) So, 250+ prints later, I have quite the photo collection to get started.

Like the example below, I’m hoping these new cards will entice local visitors to buy them and hopefully become more familiar with my work.

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I’m very excited about this opportunity, and as I continue to make progress, I will be sure to document my accomplishments along the way!

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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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