How has your 'nearing the end of Summer' been going? I hope you have been blessed~
I've been visiting around Blogland (not always leaving comments, but just enjoying your spaces and artwork,) And all the while - hoping, waiting . . .(tic-tic-tic . . .) wondering if my 'creativity' will come back and re-friend me :) Even just for a little bit.
And then a few days ago I really needed a birthday card and small gift bag~ Hmmm what would I do?
I just couldn't come up with anything new or clever or different. And I said to myself;
"now, myself!! You need a card and your mojo just isn't stirring. Forget new and clever and different!
And go back to your roots & just make a card"
Sometimes I need to go back to what I first fell in love with (when it comes to paper crafting)
and visit those simple idea's, those 'roots' from long ago. Those places when it was all new to me and held such
lovely possibilities : )
So I put together this paper bag card with a few pretty papers, ribbon, bits of lace and tags.
The 'stitching' is stamped on (I know - - -)
The 'spool' shape tag was traced from some old Melissa Francis packaging; used as a template.
I used some older Bo Bunny & My Minds Eye papers
Let me share with you two of the websites I used to frequent when I was first learning to scrapbook and make cards~ I used to spend hours visiting around blogs and what-not, just looking . . . but these old friends truly caught my eye and inspired in me a lasting love of papercrafting!
Beatriz Jennings (@ iralamija) taught me how to tie a bow many years ago (don't laugh! I couldn't do it right, and she has a great little video that helped me discover the trick to it) and she made me swoon over her beautiful shabby-chic style; to whom I still mimic~
And though over time I grew toward a love of grungier/vintage shabby; She still influences me today. She has a wonderful shop on Etsy where she sells her creations and also many papers and tags to print out~
Gabrielle Pollacco was so kind to be a friend to me and encouraged me greatly in my early scrapbook years. Her style is absolutely
and unforgettably gorgeous. I found her blog (I don't even know how) and was hooked on watching her Youtube videos and reading her blog tutorials on "how to" create~ Some of us need lots of help! LOL
She was always there~
Gabrielle's blog is here --> Such A Pretty Mess blog
Gabrielle has spent the last few years more involved in designing her own templates, stamps and stencils, but she does manage to blog every now & then <3 and I'm always so happy to see anything she creates~
Sometimes I just need to go back to the beginning; (for me that was around 2009-2010,) and use it as a jumping off point. Not sure where it may take me, but I hope it's someplace happy : )
Thanking God for all of you and the loving support and inspiration I find in each of you!