HMITM Challenge

April 20, 2007

I’m loving these challenges. It’s much more simple to get going with a challenge. When I saw this week’s challenge I thought I’d just pass. No patterned paper! I live for patterned paper! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, in the end I did it, and I love the outcome! I hand-cut the circles on purpose – no punches. This is also my first time with an 8X8 LO. I just bought a new 8X8 album this week, and I hope to make more of these smaller LOs. Although I like the big ones too, the smaller ones seem more practical and manageable, and… uh…cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My 1 Year Anniversary

April 19, 2007

I started my current crafting binge exactly one year ago. I had seen the swaps going on in Flickr, and I joined the Coloriffic Swap-o-rama. At the time there weren’t many rules. It was nicer than it is today, I think, where everyone has huge wish lists, but anyway, one rule was to use the monthly colors, and the other was to have at least one handmade item, not necessarily by you. For my April swap, my first one, I went to the craft bazaar, and bought a handmade item. But it got me thinking. Maybe I can make something too. When I was younger, I did a lot of crafting. I always kept magazine cut-outs and made pictures of them, I drew on shirts, I made candles and soaps, and I even knew how to sew. Well, for the May swap I already sent handmade magnets and a handmade bookmark, and I made my own spring presents, and “Happy Holiday” cards. I started shopping for crafting products like crazy, lurking on blogs and crafty forums, and a whole year has gone by. And I’m so happy to have discovered this wonderful world of color and creativity (and shopping! ;-)). Really happy.
These are the spring gifts I made (the magnets) last year.

Using up my stash

April 8, 2007

Wow, spring really IS here. I know that because I just realized I’m barefoot. I love walking barefoot around the house, but even here it’s too cold for that in winter. This past week was passover holiday, and it was so refreshing. Even though I wasn’t “officially” on holiday, things were much slower, and I had lots of time to play with my paper and paint. I am so happy I finally started using everything in my stash without being afraid. So I managed to get two layouts done, a few ATCs (my first!), a few journal pages, a spread in an altered book, lots of gluing in my magazine glubook and two small booklets of inspiration where I will glue down new ideas, or practice new techniques on a small scale. As you can guess, my house is a mess. Papers, glue, paint, stamps, inks, stickers, boxes, magazines and cut-outs everywhere. But it just means I’m having fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
Here are my two LOs. This one was done as part of Corinne Delis‘ online class “Finding You”, which is a wonderful experience. She’s opening the next class in September, so you might want to take a look. I enjoyed the process a lot. I didn’t realize it would take me this long, but I played around with the colors and elements, and my final LO looks completely different from what I was thinking about. I love that.

I enjoyed making the above LO so much, that immediately as I saw the challenge on the How Much Is Too Much blog, I knew I was going to do it. The challenge was to use 1 quote, 2 photos, 3 patterned papers, 4 rub-ons and 5 flowers.ย Again,ย I spent many hours on this (probably about 4 hours), but I just LOVE the process – so much thinking, and changing and playing!

Today we start the second week of the “Finding You” workshop, and I already got this week’s prompt and it’s a real challenge. Can’t wait to get started!

1 more day and it’s back to hectic work.

Happy Easter and Chag Sameach!