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Patterns, stamped.

completed thank you cardI didn’t waste much time between finishing classes, finals, graduating and starting a full-time job to start scrapbooking and making cards.

Lately I’ve made many cards with layered stamp patterns. It’s quick and easy to do, so it’s a convenient method for occasions that need multiple copies of cards, such as thank you notes for my recent graduation.

While it’s fun to mix and match patterned papers in scrapbook layouts and handmade cards, you can use stamps to imitate those looks in a new, yet vintage-looking, way.

Below I featured a how-to slideshow for some thank you cards I made last week. It demonstrates the stamped pattern effect I used. Enjoy!

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Transitioning

May 5, Kent State Commencement & Cinco de Mayo

They say college goes by fast.

And they weren’t kidding.

In a few short days, I’ll walk across the stage during Saturday morning’s commencement ceremony to mark the end of my unforgettable four-year experience at Kent State.

I’ll then join my family and friends for lunch and a cookout to celebrate our accomplishments – and a special holiday that happens to fall on the same day, Cinco de Mayo.

I’ll then make an appearance downtown at some point that evening. Weather permitting, maybe my fellow classmates and I will catch a glimpse of the supermoon, set to make its debut at 11:35 p.m.

So after spending a great deal of time on two high school graduation gifts this semester (with many more hours to come), I have nearly missed the opportunity to completely reflect on the fact that I’m graduating, too. (Not that I do not enjoy scrapbooking photos and memories for others!) I particularly think about my freshman and sophomore years, living in the dorms, spending meal plan money in the market on (un)healthy snacks and the occasional substantial meal. Then I reminisce about the four months I spent in England and other neighboring countries abroad as a University of Leicester student. Was that really two years ago?

Then I remember the beginning of my first internship and how little PR experience I had at that point. It’s amazing to think about all the writing and work samples I have completed within two internships since then and how that’s helped me land an entry-level position to begin later this month.

It seems like just yesterday when I anticipated moving into our apartment, decorating my new room with numerous photos of family and friends and then beginning the second half of my college career.

PRKent PRSSA senior officers

PRSSA's 2011-2012 graduating senior officers

Reflecting on all the great experiences I’ve had with my three roommates, my PRKent classmates, the Kent friends I made during our semester abroad and many others, I realize I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many great people. They make me laugh, they make great travel companions, they share useful knowledge and experiences when I need advice and they’re all special to me for those reasons and more.

I’m so grateful to be where I am right now, and I have my Kent State experiences and opportunities to thank.

My parents, grandparents, professors, friends and relatives told me to enjoy these special four years of my life. And I’m confident to say that I couldn’t have asked for any better memories than what I now have to embrace for many years.

#PRKent #seniors2012

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Refreshed

Water, refreshment

Refreshing.

The sun is shining and there’s a slight, cool breeze in the air – it’s the perfect day to step back and appreciate all that’s good right now.

For one, March begins this Thursday. This means I will graduate in a little more than two months. I’m excited to start this next stage of my life, wherever I end up and no matter the job I’m placed with. I’ll miss Kent State; I’ve had a great four years with the people I’ve met during my college experience. But I’m confident I’ll continue those relationships for many years to come.

I’m proud of myself for keeping up with a healthier lifestyle so far this year. I try my best to make a trip to the rec on most days of the week and when I can’t, I try a little harder to watch what I’m eating. I feel more energized. I feel more motivated to get things done (sometimes). And I’m starting to see the physical results of my effort, and that feels good, too.

Recently I’ve developed a slight addiction to Pinterest. Sure, you can argue the site is a major time suck. (“Do you really have the time to try all those delicious recipes and craft projects?”) But I like the site’s format. I like organizing my pins into separated boards by category. I like how I can bookmark so many ideas for weeks, months, even years to come. Who knows if I’ll ever make those Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie Cupcakes– and do I really need the calories anyway? But at least the recipe is somewhere I can find it when the time comes to start something new.

Amy as Mabel, from "The Pirates of Penzance"

My cousin Amy and I, with my new haircut, after Amy's lead performance as Mabel in Theodore Roosevelt High School's "The Pirates of Penzance."

I tried a new thing with my hair this month: I chopped most of it off. I didn’t plan it; I just needed something different, something I decided that day. I finally decided to let my hairdresser Andy take off 7 inches, and I haven’t been disappointed with it since then. It feels refreshing to have shorter hair, not to mention I’ll use about a third less shampoo and conditioner from now on!

My new hair has somewhat inspired me to look at life with a new perspective. Sometimes it’s necessary – and fun – to take risks and try something different than your normal routine. When Andy suggested I chop my hair off, I figured just because my hair has been long my whole life doesn’t mean I can’t change that now. This next new stage of my life is fast approaching, and I couldn’t be more excited to feel refreshed from the experience. I can already hear birds chirping outside, which makes me happy to know that spring is coming soon. (Allegedly: I do live in NE Ohio.) And spring seems to make everything feel more refreshing.

I’d like to refresh my thoughts on this blog as well. As I transition into some life changes within the next few months, I’d like to record my thoughts within my posts, as well as my scrapping adventures. I used to write in a journal every day but my schedule doesn’t allow me the time to do that as often anymore. So I’ll keep all the scraps of my life here, in one place. I’m looking forward to what I’ll experience in the coming months.

Scrappin’ Update:

The two graduation gifts I’m working on are coming along. This weekend I felt a bit anxious because I realized how many photos I have to use – and that’s after I picked through all the ones we have at home. I know I’ll get everything done, but the books will certainly take a lot of time and patience!

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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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