There’s no doubt that the sight of pretty paper and the touch of textural fibers can light up my eyes and ignite a pitter patter of excitement in my heart.
I’ve always been a collector of cute stationery and over the years I’ve learned to let go and use said stationery as well! I enjoy sending and receiving snail mail – giving someone the joy of real paper in their hands to help express a sentiment.
Paper definitely stirs up excitement in my creative bones. A pattern here and some color there… so many options and paper goodness out there to still explore and play with.
But even beyond luxury paper goods, the good ‘ole plain white sheet of copy paper holds so many possibilities. A quick sketch? A wondrous illustration? A masterpiece origami project? Whatever you want, that blank sheet of paper can help you realize it. My favorite journals are the ones I have handmade with plain copy paper.
So here’s a digital toast for the love of paper… how lovely it is to live in a world of papery goodness! Don’t your agree? What do you love about paper?
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Hello March 2014!
This is the monthly post that I started after taking Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers. The idea is to simply check-in every month to share the work we have been creating. I believe it all counts, because doing something is better than nothing at all.
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I’m taking MATS Assignment Bootcamp and wanted to share a peek into my process from start to finish. It was an exploration of cuckoo clocks and I always enjoy doodling away many variations and ideas. This is probably the easiest part, because I can run away with my imagination.
Since I’m just sketching around, it’s fun to explore crazy ideas. I usually sketch a lot and in multiple sessions, because you come up with more ideas when you revisit the topic over time.
At some point, usually because time has run out… I decide to go with one version and sketch it out in more detail. There’s still a lot of changes at this point, I use the eraser a lot or do a couple versions to see what I like the most.
When I’m ready, I go ahead and ink it up with black pen, scan it into the computer and vectorize it in Illustrator. Then it’s a matter of digital coloring that takes a whole lot of time because I’m indecisive!
Sometimes this process is repeated when things don’t turn out right or I change my mind and have to sketch again, ink and scan. Ultimately, it means lot of hours in front of the computer fiddling around and experimenting. I usually add texture to the piece at the very end and hopefully call it completed. Having deadlines actually helps with that bit, because I can let my work sit there forever, not knowing if I can consider it done or not! Below is the final piece I submitted to the gallery using the color trend suggestions from Lilla. I definitely stuck with my sweet cute style in the end. You can see all the beautiful artwork from February in the Bootcamp gallery here. Enjoy!
Here’s my opening scrapbook page for 2014 with my one little word, embrace. I’m really loving the geometric design trend and the idea of the geo heart just came to me while doodling on graph paper one day.
I thought I was really clever (for a day or two), but then realized the design is all over the place already. LOL! Oh well, it’s the collective consciousness. With a simple collage of our family in the center, some journaling and quote at the bottom, I’m done!
Of course, I added a punched heart and some stitching as well. I think that I’m finally realizing that I don’t need to add more when it’s not necessary. Keep it simple silly.
Although I’m starting up with 2014, I have actually not completed my 2013 scrapbook album. I’m totally behind, to be honest, as the role of mom took over my life last year (perhaps still the ruler of my life now). The funny thing is that I felt like I didn’t capture anything in 2013, even though it’s one of the most important years of my life! Yet when I look back I actually have more than 50 layouts in my album already! Granted some are just simple collages, but goes to show that even the smallest effort can amount to a whole lot in the end.
Hopefully I can finish up soon, continuing with my project-life-esque method of collaging photos onto a page digitally and printing it all out with some simple design touches. For now, I realize that it’s important to keep moving forward and scrap in real-time as well.
I don’t want to miss out on today, worrying about recording yesterdays memories.
How’s your scrapbooking going along?