In the last post about My Creative Journey, I shared the first time I went public as a scrapper. Oh, I was so nervous, but it went surprisingly well! In addition to figuring out how to upload and link-up, I even received a comment. I was pumped! And, on top of that, I had my aha moment of how this new hobby of mine could bring back the artist in me!
So, I hit the class section of Two Peas with a gazelle-like gusto! It was the fall of last year and I couldn't get enough of this new found passion of mine!
I had great fun revisiting that sketch in my last post... let's do that again!
First up we have the October edition of Stretch Your Sketch with Jen Gallacher. I'm not sure I really understood what it meant to work from a sketch as this is very different from what she showed in the video - LOL!
As you can see above, I was still working my way through many hand-me-down supplies. This layout also proved to be a bit of a milestone as it was the first layout I ever sewed on... now one of my favorite techniques!
And, here is my version of the same challenge that I completed just a few days ago:
It's so fun to look at the first LO and see bits of "my style" developing. Once again, we see tiny patterns and horizontal lines. In the more current layout, I incorporated more of the original sketch from the class video and traded out the brown, muted colors for brighter and softer shades.
I also took a huge step during the fall of 2011... I placed my very own order of scrapbooking supplies! I hadn't really figured out my likes and dislikes yet and ordered quite the hodgepodge of items, most of which were from the sale section. It is quite humorous to me to look back on this:
All of these things really were chosen at random and some of them are still in my stash or have been passed down to my daughters!
Next up was Products You Love Every Which Way with Shannon Tidwell. The month's focus was chipboard. I hadn't ordered any of that yet, so I dug into the supplies from my friend Joy and found some chipboard shapes. I was so proud of myself for painting them to use on this layout!
I had received some washi tape and alpha stickers in my box of goodies and quickly put them to use on this layout too! It's funny, at the time it didn't even occur to me that I didn't have any patterned paper or journaling on here.
Something extra exciting happened with this challenge, I won! Now, I should note that winners were completely random and the only requirement was participation. But, it still made me feel SO good! The prize was a $10 gift card for Two Peas and rest assured I spent that almost faster than it was awarded to me!
Just a few days ago, I re-watched that video and then made this:
Raw chipboard and stitching, YUM! It's so fun to look back and compare the two!
And of course, who could spend a month in classes at Two Peas without watching one of Shimelle's videos? Perhaps you remember the awesomeness that was the 4x6 Photo Love class? It is AMAZING! The ideas she presented in this class truly encouraged me to think outside of the box with my pages! Here is my first attempt at her October class:
And, here is my version completed just recently:
Oh, lookey there! A lot of the same colors were used, only kraft was replaced with white and smaller embellishment clusters were used.
I had so much fun revisiting these challenges! As I re-watched these videos and scrapped away, I couldn't help but think how amazing it is that all of these FREE resources exist online! The generosity of the paper crafting and scrapbooking industry is astounding! I have fallen in love with that. What is not to love about a community that is so free with the amount of education and inspiration that is shared?
Having studied and worked in the commercial arts, I find it beyond refreshing that ideas are so freely exchanged, and even lifted, in this hobby! There are many areas of the arts where imitation is certainly not considered flattery. Paper crafting and Scrapbooking is wonderfully inclusive! It doesn't matter who you are, where you came from, or where you are going, anyone can grab some pretty papers and a photo and go to town. And you know what? Art should be accessible. Art should be fun. Art should make you smile.... and....
I am smiling :)
OK, now that I have gotten all philosophical.... are you wondering how I moved forward from all the challenges? Did I take a class? When did "my style" click? Was it smooth sailing into scrappy happy wonderland? Or, was there a bit of an awkward phase? Stay tuned....