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A snapshot of time

Classes began on Monday, or Tuesday for me. And as many of my friends have pointed out, it was our last first day of school.

Summer flew by, but I feel like I accomplished a lot. As I’ve mentioned, I had a great time with my family on vacation, I started exercising regularly (for the most part) and I learned a lot at my internship at Davey Tree. Scroll down to see some of my latest handmade cards, some creations I cranked out before the semester began.

Although it’s hard to fathom I’m a senior in college, life goes on. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my last two semesters of school. Despite busy schedules, classes and work, fall is my favorite time of the year. I plan to enjoy every last bit of it, from the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Fall Hiking Spree and football games, to Kent’s Art in the Park and all the fall foods I love.

And I’ll be snapping photos every last bit of the way.

I encourage all college seniors to do the same. This could potentially be the most exciting time of your life–so why not document and remember these experiences for many years to come? Be the grandma among your friends–gather everyone together and snap away!

Take a look at some of the cards I’ve created more recently. Which

Happy birthday card

Happy Birthday

designs do you like the best?

"Hello" card

Just because card

Happy Birthday card

Happy Birthday

Celebration card


Celebration card


"Hello" card

Just because card


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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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The light at the end of the tunnel

One week of classes, a few projects and two final exams to go.

As the semester winds down, I plan to take advantage of extra free time and prepare for a summer of scrapbooking. I’m excited to rummage through some of the supplies I’ve kept for years but never had time to use. However, my favorite part about scrapbooking is looking through my pictures and choosing which ones to place in my layouts.

Although I have a lot of photos to sort through, I have an idea about which events and categories I’d like to tackle first.

My top three scrapbooking ideas are:

1. Photos from my childhood

Grandpa and me, circa 1993

2. Photos of my brother and me for his high school graduation gift

My brother Matt and me, Christmas 2010

3. Photos from my college years so far

Ashley and me, Lady Gaga concert (February 26, 2011)

And if anyone wants to join me for free Friday and Saturday crops at Archiver’s in Fairlawn, let me know!

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