Saturday, May 28, 2011
I was six years old when I learned how to properly color in the lines, and when I say properly, I mean going back and forth in a straight line inside the lines until the whole image was the color you wanted. After I mastered this technique...with a variety of coloring books and hand drawn pictures, I started to give pictures away as gifts. For a seven year old, a hand drawn and colored picture was fun to do, but certainly didn't make it to the art gallery (aka...the fridge) everytime. Soon, for birthdays I started folding a piece of notebook paper in half and I would gather information on the person for whom I was making the card. For example, when I made a birthday card for my mom, I knew that she loved the color purple, so that was my color of choice, then I also knew that she loved pretty things, and I would create her a custom card with maybe flowers or butterflies. My mom was my biggest supporter when I was really getting into card making. In fact she would often come to me with request for cards going to people I never met. One time she wanted me to make a card for a young man at our church that was going into the Navy. She got the vital information that I needed, aka his favorite color, name, and other important information that would help to make the card very personal. I created a neat card with a ship on the front and a picture of a sailor at his going away party in the inside with his name on a banner. I had always drawn my cards and colored them with either crayons, colored pencils, or markers, or a combination until I discovered scrapbooking. My sister introduced me to scrapbooking when I was 18 years old, my senior year of highschool. This new knowledge came at a great time too, because I had to make a scrapbook for my English class as an exit project. I used all of the pointers my sister had learned and taught me and I created my fist album. I had left over paper and stickers, not to mention a taste for the possibilities of papercrafts. I used my "scraps" to make cards, and I have been hooked to this form of card making ever since. I do occasionally buy store bought cards (when I have no time to make a card), but I usually reserve the store bought cards for poeple I don't know very well. I love making cards for family members and close friends though, and by now, if they don't get a homemade card, they wonder if I'm mad at them or if something is wrong. Of course, as much as I love papercrafting, I don't always have the time for it. Having a job, school, housekeeping, being a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and friend usually limit my time in my craft room. I am always on the lookout for new ideas and creative twists to old ideas. I have a hard time making the same card twice, so almost every card I've whipped out has been it's own unique creation. I will post a few for inspiration!