Some days I hurry to the other side of the city to answer a phone, others I sit on a chair and play with glue and paper…
It’s been nearly 2 years or more since I blogged about receiving scrapbooking/cardmaking supplies as Yule/Birthday gifts from Mr U, and the last week or so has seen me finally start using them again. Granted, I did do a few weeks of scrapbooking within the first 6 months post-buying, but I was holding off on finishing aspects of the pages because I was hoping to be able to computer-print the journalling aspects – especially since my handwriting looks like a drunken chicken with arthritis was scratching the paper.
However, things then got neatly packed away for use “when the muse hits me” – which in my case can at times be infrequent to tri-annually to never. This latest muse seems to be on the bi-annual train, so maybe I can actually stick at it for that length of time too?!
Anyhoot, I have spent a few days test driving my card-making skills. And if I’m horribly conceited, some of the work is actually rather good! Here’s the irony though – they were the first cards I created. The ones that followed had a kind of ‘beginner having a try’ feel/look to them in my opinion. But, we can be our own harshest critics at times, and so what if they look beginner; it’s what I am!
My first attempt was a Mother’s Day card:
I freely admit to having Mr U, man of art and crafting help me choosing the colour combo of this one. I didn’t trust my own innate sense of what looked OK. Once I got the bulk of the cutting and sticking done however, I managed to select embellishments under my own steam. 🙂
Then followed a set of Christmas cards, using Dawn Lewis‘ handy template for making 8 cards from 1 patterned piece and one plain piece of paper. I fubared some of them, but the rest…well, I’ll show you:
Then came these ones the following day, after I tinkered about with Mum’s new cutting gadget, the Brother Scan N Cut (she got it for her quilting cutting, but since it also can be used for paper, I had a try):
And on the third day:
Last night saw me having another tinker with the Scan N Cut, and I have the makings of about 6-7 more cards. Or possibly additions to the scrapbooking project. I think I have the bug – now all I need to do is coordinate my hobby with my new role as a volunteer receptionist at the local charity hospital, housekeeper/cook/laundress for my family and general laze-about clown…