I’m not sure how after 15+ years of being a card carrying scrapbooker, I never really jumped on the card making train. Sure, I’ve made a few cards for people over the years, primarily, my nieces or nephews when I realize I’m about two months behind their actual birthdays and a I need a little delivery system for some cash. But the actual process of doing anything more than printing out some computer text on a card, or cutting out a sentiment with my Cameo, just never really occurred to me.
But it all started about a month ago when I got my very first manual die cutting machine, the Big Shot. I know, you may be thinking, “But why did you need that? You already have a Cameo?” And that is true, I do. But does anyone really need anything? I’ll be honest: it was a total want! And the thing that I wanted to do the most? Make those card panels that had the dots or the stitched look on the edges. That was really why I wanted it. I had no idea of the inky Pandora’s box that was about to be opened.
I started watching YouTube craft room tours and videos from the likes of: Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Kathy Racoosin and Vicki Papaioannou (whose accent I could listen to all day long). Then I moved onto watching other YouTube channels, videos from Lawn Fawn and Nichol Spohr , whose video made me order the Party Animals stamps and dies from Mama Elephant and head out to my local Blick art store to buy my very first Copic markers (W00, W1, W2, RV10, RV11 and RV21) right after I was done watching! (Side note: this video, from Kristina Werner, helped to seal the deal.) The fact that I do not really know what I am doing? Inconsequential.
Hell, I even picked up some Mini Distress Inks and Blending Tools, made by my cool and funny friend Tim
Hodges Holtz. (Note: my hubby always refers to Tim as “Tim Hodges” and even Tim has picked up on how funny that is because Tim is both awesome and funny.)
I guess the thing is, I need some different creative outlets. Believe me, I have no plans to leave scrapbooking behind. Not a chance. Heck, I’m working on a brand new class tentatively titled Design Your Life 2.0, all geared around teaching page design and hybrid processes (more details coming soonish!) and I have to tell you, the pages I’m making so far are some of the best I’ve ever made. But maybe the reason I’m having so much fun MAKING right now, is because I’m branching out and trying something new.
I want to find a way to take my aesthetic and make cards that make me happy. The card featured on this post? That’s a Hero Arts set that I got from Jennifer McGuire as part of her Share Handmade Kindness campaign (that lettering is really, really lovely!), the dies for the kraft card stock panel are from Lawn Fawn, the hearts are from the Lawn Fawn Party Animal stamps (and dies), the pens are by Tombow and yes, there is a bit of Wink of Stella on those hearts. I know, me… and shiny things. WHO KNEW?
But putting all together the other day (oh yeah, and did I mention HEAT EMBOSSING?), just made me happy. Simple. Cute. Clean. Me.
And the other thing? Jennifer gave me a warm Instagram welcome and all of a sudden, I have 1,000 new followers to my czdesign Instagram account. That is the account I use for crafty stuff, a place where I don’t have to apologize for sharing what I love to make. So now I have all these lovely new people who may or may not know what they’ve gotten themselves into by following my work.
But it reminds me how good the craft world is. People making stuff. People making a living making stuff (that is a key part for me). And people trying new things.
We all start somewhere, am I right ladies?
So… here’s to trying new things and seeing where it all leads. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go plan next month’s Copic purchase because from what little I can tell about them, I’m going to be in love very soon.