I was a Registered nurse for over 30 years; and was forced into retirement before I was ready. I developed an allergy to all chemical smells; such as perfume, cologne, hair spray, etc.
I had always worked full time, attended nursing school full time; while raising three kids and never had time for crafting. I sewed, wrote stories, and lots of other things; but had never tried real scrapbooking or cardmaking until the year 2011. I did keep a picture album that I had with pictures and memorabilia from my years in high school. My sister in law introduced me to scrapbooking in July 2011; and then cards in Oct 2011.
And then a few days after I created this blog; I joined Close To My Heart (CTMH) as a consultant. I do my best to give back to others; through my clubs and celebration drawings. I love to teach and to write; so this is a perfect fit for me. I joined CTMH so that I could tell others about the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge I discovered in Feb 2012. CTMH has created 3 other Cricut Cartridges: Cricut Artiste, Cricut Artbooking; and the new Cricut Artfully Sent will hopefully be released in September 2014.
Once the new Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge is released; I will make a video of the new Cricut cartridge. You can check out my videos on YouTube -Purplego13. I plan to create one for Picture My Life; once I get mine started.
Below is my favorite type of card; a side step card. I won several challenges with the card below; so I wanted to share it with you. I created it for my granddaughter Gabrielle. I chose the image because she has an attitude; which I think is common for many teenagers. LOL! It is DS4J Would I Lie? Check out my blog for information about this card. The link is above the card.
Two things that are different about me than most people who create cards; and that is, I almost always create the inside at the same time as the outside. The few times I didn't do that were difficult to remember the names of the papers I used when it came time to finish them. It does take more time; but it is so worth it in the end. The only downside is if you don't know who the card is for at the time you create it. But it all works out in the end. When it is time to send that card to someone; the inside is complete. No searching for the paper you used or something to go with it.
The second thing thing is that I have started leaving my cards unsigned; so that the person I am sending them to can pass them forward to someone else; if they choose to do this. I like to write a brief note and insert with my cards using a pretty purple paper with butterflies. LOL! I create Thank you cards blank on the inside; so many times you won't see an inside for them. Most others; you will see the inside finished as well. My daughters family and my stepson prefer I sign them; so I do upon request.
Here is one of my cards that I used a lot of images from my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge; for both inside and outside. The image on front is DS4J Santa's Letter. This is for a fabulous monthly DS4J Christmas challenge. Each month that I use their free image; I get the next month free. What a great way to get a head start on Christmas cards.
I normally create from a place of feelings and love. I am always open to my creations letting me know who they belong to; so that I can honor that person with my gift. Sometimes I plan a card for someone and then I realize it is meant for someone else. There are other times where my creation is designed and given to the person I created it for from the beginning. I feel very blessed that I am able to create my cards and scrapbook pages; and I have to share them. It isn't about bragging about them. My hope is that they motivate someone else to try their hand in creating. I was someone who didn't think I could create anything; so I am still amazed that I can do it. LOL!
I know there are a lot of people that can create more beautiful cards than I can; but creating isn't about being the best. It is about each of us creating from our heart and sharing that creation. It doesn't have to be perfect. I love the people in Blogland; and I feel this group of people is very encouraging and an accepting group. So; don't be afraid to share your creations. We all love to see them.
How does your writing/creating process work?
I normally do research on whatever I am going to color. My last card was one I had to do research before coloring it. I needed to color the hair black and it was my first time creating black hair; so I watched a few videos first. I may also research online or in my notebooks; to find sketches I like or to get ideas. It may take me a week or more to create one card. Then, there are times I can create a card in a few hours; but most of mine require a lot of time.
I select my colors I am going to use after I choose my card design and paper. I try to use several different papers from one or two paper packs; that are interchangeable. CTMH has 6 different patterns in each paper pack; so that makes it easier to match the colors.
I use a lot of dies; many of them from CTMH Cricut Cartridges. I love that there are 700 images on each cartridge. It is fun to find things that aren't normally used on cards; like the mini album pages; and use them on my cards. I like being able to choose such a wide variety of dies from one place. CTMH created a 4th cartridge "Cricut Artfully Sent"; which we hope will be released in Sept. 2014. I have heard that it is mostly geared towards cards; including the ones used in the Picture My Life Program.
My Scrapbooking starts by choosing the digital pictures on my computer that I want to use. I then print the sizes I need. I start looking through my CTMH Cricut Cartridges for images I can use on that particular Scrapbooking page. It is a very long process and takes me several days normally to complete one page. I am hoping it will be quicker using the CTMH Picture My Life Scrapbooking Kit. I just need to get started. LOL!
As noted above; I am just starting to try CTMH Picture My Life Scrapbooking Programs; which you can see above. It started 6 months ago; but like I said I am slow to start something new.
Sometimes I am slow to think of something to get started; but once I start thinking; my creative ideas seem to kick in gear. I guess I am just a slow starter. I write the same way.
How Do I Stay Focused and/or Motivated?
I usually create for just a few minutes here and there. It is hard to get away from the computer; emails, etc. I am motivated by reviewing other peoples work; the comments I receive on my blog from other readers, and the need to create.
My need to create is just as important as my need to breathe. I have to do it. I feel lost; stressed and feel something is missing; if I stop creating for more than a few days. Plus, I love to give my creations to others. I prefer giving them to people who appreciate them. My daughter has a place for my cards on top of their entertainment center. She use to have an entire display for them in the hallway of her last home. Her children (4 of my grandkids) really look forward to getting another card from NaNa. It is a joy for me to give to her and her family. They provide my greatest support in all aspects of my life; and are such a blessing to me.
I tried to find three people who were interested in joining this special blog hop; but life gets in the way; and Claire was the only one who followed through.
I am tagging one person at this time for this "Different Kind of Blog Hop". Her name is Claire. She has a fabulous blog; which is very positive and upbeat. You can click here to find her blog. I found her blog while searching the web over a year ago. We don't really know each other; but I appreciate her wonderful creativity. She designs for several teams; which I am sure keeps her very busy. I know she loves rubber stamps, has a son, two dogs, Benji and Barney; as well as an Amazon parrot named Sammy. I can't wait to get to know her better. Be sure to check Claire's post on August 11th to learn more about her.
Thanks for joining in "A Different Kind of Blog". I hope you enjoyed it and learned more about my creativity process. You can trace the blogs backwards to see others before me. It if fun to read about other bloggers; especially ones you have seen in the past. I will be glad to answer your questions by email, Facebook messaging, texting or by phone. My contact information is on one of the tabs above.
I would love for you to join as one of my followers and register for my celebration. Just click "Home" to find my celebration and directions on linking. I love giving away free CTMH products; and I have several terrific sponsors as well.
Have a fabulous day!
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