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My First Holiday Home & Gift Expo

20131201-153914.jpgI appreciate everyone who has stopped by the Scraps of the Soul table at the Holiday Home & Gift Expo in Kent so far today! A lot of great vendors in a really nice venue at the Fairways here in Twin Lakes. I’m excited to have had the opportunity to be involved with this event. Only a little more than one hour to go!

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For the Love of Simplicity

It was February 2007, my junior year of high school, when I recall an unexpected crafty lecture from my pre-calculus teacher.

Back then, numbers were more my thing, but a late afternoon lesson on formulas and processes I guarantee have escaped my memory ever since often failed to retain my interest and attention.

So, naturally, when my teacher digressed from mathematical equations to explain a simple method for making Valentines, I neglected my doodling and tuned in.

As monotone as his voice could be, his short demonstration intrigued me. How could my pre-calc teacher remotely know anything about handmade cards? By that time I had quite a few Christmas card designs under my belt, as well as countless birthday cards thrown into the mix, so clearly I knew what I was talking about when it came to paper crafting. But to a point, as it turns out, my teacher packed a few tricks of the trade up his sleeve as well.

Folded Heart Valentines

1. Grab a piece of red or pink paper. Fold it in half.

pink paper

2. Use a pair of scissors to cut a half-heart shape into the folded paper, starting and ending your cut along the fold. 

cutting heart shape on pink paper

3. Discard the scraps. Unfold your paper heart, sign your name and voila! Behold your simple Valentine and deliver it to your loved one.

folded heart card: "Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Lindsay"

I remember laughing about that “lesson” at the time, but also feeling relieved to enjoy a break from pre-calc on a random afternoon. Although my teacher’s Valentine idea was rather simple compared to handmade card designs I had created before, I’ve realized that sometimes simplicity is all you need to brighten someone’s day.

As Valentine’s Day approaches toward the end of this week, I look forward to my next visit to McKay Bricker to check whether my Valentine’s Day cards have been a hit with the shoppers of Kent. In the meantime, I’ll shamelessly indulge in The Bachelor‘s dramatic “love stories” this evening with some friends.

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The Cards of Christmas’ Past

past holiday cardsI knew I kept those extra Christmas cards for a reason.

The other day, I sifted through handmade cards I had created as long as six or seven years ago. It was interesting to see how my designs and materials have changed since then, how my cards have improved and how my creativity had puckered out, in some cases.

Although these cards represent extras I made – or had forgotten to send to certain people – I figured why not reuse them to create something new?

First, I cropped the front of each card to avoid sloppy handwriting or messages I had written inside. Then, I pasted the design onto a new blank card that fits the envelopes I have on stock. cropping a card

I also used extra stamped pieces from one of the designs I created last year to quickly put together a few additional cards.

Christmas stamps

Yesterday I delivered my new Christmas creations to McKay Bricker Framing in downtown Kent to see whether they’d like to sell more of my cards this holiday season. I noticed a few of my other designs I had dropped off last month still sat on the shelves among dozens of other artists’ handmade cards, but the employee I talked to said he’d try to find an extra stand to display my Christmas cards alongside other holiday designs. The handmade card nerd in me is excited to have my own display stand.

Yet, the procrastinator in me has yet to start this year’s Christmas card collection. Surprised?

2008 Christmas card

Perhaps while I’m resting from multiple Turkey Day feasts next weekend I’ll gather the energy to get started. Until then, here’s to hoping more early bird Christmas card shoppers scope out the local scene these next few weeks for their 2012 holiday greetings – or early 2000s designs in disguise.

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Day one

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Today marks the first full day my handmade cards spent in the McKay Bricker Framing shop in downtown Kent.

I stopped in during my lunch break yesterday afternoon with eight card samples in my hands, and within 10 minutes, I had showed off my cards, received approval from the employee at the counter and signed the consignment form. Done and done.

In the meantime, I’m excited to begin selling my cards. From local shops to Etsy, I plan on experimenting with different outlets and locations to see what works best.

My next step: Determine a name for my handmade card collection and begin working on my online Etsy shop.

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Try something new while the sunshine lasts

To me, summer is all about adventure. There’s more free time to explore the outdoors, check out new shops and try things you’ve never encountered before.

This year, I was more than ready for summer. I even came up with a slightly ambitious summer bucket list for the nearly four months I’d be free from classes, homework and stress. It’s still pretty full, but I’m working on it! Below I’ve shared some experiences I’ve had this summer so far, most of which appear on my bucket list, believe it or not!

In fact, I encourage you to work on a bucket list of your own. What do you want to accomplish this summer? It’s nearly mid-July already, so what are you waiting for?

Personal adventures

An adventure doesn’t have to stray too far from the home. On Saturday morning, I woke up at 7 a.m. (as I’m aware, this is quite early for a weekend), went for a walk and got ready for a morning errand-run in the hot, summer sunshine. I first drove to the Kent Free Library, somewhere I’ve never been before. There’s too many books on my summer reading bucket list, and since I’ve finished reading the ones on my shelves at home, I figured I should start there.

I then drove to the Aurora Farms Outlets and picked some bargains in Banana Republic. My last stop was the Haymaker Farmers’ Market. Although I caught the last 15 minutes of this week’s sale items, it felt great to purchase some local produce–the tomato I bought was delicious!

And of course, I finished the afternoon with some scrapbooking. I couldn’t have asked for a more productive day!

Fun with friends and family

I’ve also traveled to events and other venues outside of Kent this summer, including ComFest at Goodale Park in Columbus, a Florence + the Machine concert in Indianapolis on July 4 and a Bruce Springsteen tribute band concert at Lock 3 in Akron. Besides the Indianapolis concert, these events were free. Not only did I have a good time, but also I didn’t have to spend much money. I simply enjoyed the company of my family and friends and the summertime atmosphere.

Scrap it

Although they require some extra creativity, I’ve come up with some ways to convey unique adventures in your scrapbooks. Think beyond self portraits of you and your friends in front of the concert stage. What’s the scenery like? What features will you want to remember about the moment?

  • Farmers’ markets–Take photos during your visit. Ask vendors if you can take close ups of their fresh produce and baked goods. In many locations, these markets occur at least once a week. You’ll probably want to come back sometime, so make friends, too! Write about the people you meet in your layouts.
  • Poolside–Photograph the necessities of a perfect day by the pool. A pair of sunglasses, a book, sunscreen, a fun mixed drink–whatever! These are objects many people think of when summer comes to mind.
  • Road trips–If you’re GPS-less and kicking it old school, keep the maps you use to find your way to your destination. Recycle them and use as alternative paper styles. Take photographs of the different stops you take along the way, including funny road signs you might find. Scrapbook them as a timeline in your layouts.
  • Food–Summer boasts some great eats, so why not take pictures of that festive summer salad before you dig in? You can memorialize your favorite meals in your scrapbooks or keep the photos to remember the recipes you’d like to try in the future.
  • Scrapbooking–Why not create a layout about your favorite hobby? It might seem silly to take photos of photos, but future generations won’t know what the (organized?) mess looked like as you slaved hours over the scrapbooks they will eventually enjoy.
  • Internships–This is something I wish I had taken advantage of, photo-wise, during my year-long internship at Akron Children’s Hospital. Take photos of the building where you work, your desk, your name badge and even your co-workers, if they’ll let you! These experiences are so important for career development and even equally as important to remember for years to come.

Let me know what you’re up to this summer, and maybe we can find ways to create unique layouts for your scrapbooks!

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