A New Vision

*le sigh*

 

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Somehow, writing this post kind of feel like a defeat, a surrender.  Throwing in the towel.  Waving the white flag.

And yet, in other ways, it is so freeing and burden-lifting that I just want to jump up and shout for joy.

I have come to the conclusion that making a card every week is no longer giving me the joy and satisfaction that it used to.  I was pretty faithful at making them for about two and a half years, which I think is pretty darn good.  And I had fun at first, I really did.  But, as time passed, the commitment to making them become more of a chore and burden than something I looked forward to.  My creative juices just haven’t been flowing in the papercrafting arena for quite a while, and stuff online just isn’t sparking the inspiration like it used to.

And so, with that realization, I have decided to cease the “weekly” cards (I know, they haven’t been weekly for a good long while!).  I have other crafting interests, which I will get into in a minute, that are taking more of my time now and have rekindled in me the desire to create.  And as a naturally creative person, having something going on that inspires me and makes me want to work with my hands again is like a breath of fresh air compared to my feelings of dread when I thought about making cards.

Maybe dread is too strong a word.  More like, “mild displeasure” or “intense mental grumbling.”

And while I feel slightly like I will be letting my readership down, let’s be real.  I don’t really have a readership.  Six people visited my blog after I posted the last card a couple weeks ago.  I didn’t really start the blog as a way to gain readers, it was more of a way to keep myself accountable to making cards and using up supplies.  So, I’d rather disappoint the very few people that read my blog and change things up to make myself happy than continue with a project I no longer enjoy.

I do still have too many papercrafting supplies, though, so I will be decluttering my stash and just getting rid of a bunch instead of trying to use it.  Including the chipboard letters I was going to use on the alphabet cards I was going to start making.  🙂  Getting rid of stuff I know I will never use will be so much more freeing than continuing to hang onto it like some crazed hoarder.

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And it will make room for other supplies that are taking up space in my office.  🙂

Which brings me to my next subject.  I’m not going to discontinue my blog, just redefine what I’m doing with it.  The blog is called “Geek Girl Creations” after all, not “Geek Girl Cards.”  I’m planning on keeping you up to date on my latest projects and creations, a lot of which will be these guys:

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I’m planning on having a craft booth at a local show this fall trying to sell these lovely ornaments.  But that means that I need to make a whole bundle of them.

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This is my stash so far.  I think I’ve got a looooong way to go.  😉

So I’m going to pop into the blog to showcase my latest creations, be they ornaments for my booth, or other random crafts that I’m working on (I’ve got two projects in the planning stages right now that I’m dying to get to!), or maybe even just to post a pretty, random photograph that I take once in a while.  And yes, if I do make a card for a special occasion or if the inspiration randomly strikes, I will post those, too.  I’m not going to dump ALL of my papercrafting supplies, after all!  🙂

So yeah, new year, new blog.  I’m excited to see where this year takes me/us on this creative journey, and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!

Blessings.

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Card #120: Alphabet card 1: A

Happy weekend!  Hope you’re all enjoying it.  I’ve spent most of my day tucked away in my craft room making things.  I finished two ornaments today as well as made my card for the blog.  I also hung all the awesome dragon art prints I got for Christmas.  And I even cooked some real food (hey, that’s an accomplishment for me!), so it’s been a pretty productive day.

So, I told you last week that I had a plan for the blog for the next several (read: many) weeks, and today is the start of it.  In my collection of scrapbooking supplies, I have a couple sets of patterned chipboard letters, as well as a TON of letter stickers.  So, I’m going to use up as much of that as I can and make a series of ” _ is for _____” cards.  You may recall that I made an “A is for awesome” card last year.  This idea has been in my head ever since, to make a series of cards with the same phrasing, but different layouts and colors.

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I did use the same wording for this card as for the original, but it’s definitely a different design and color scheme.  I started with a blue base card and just layered everything on, using a few scraps along the way.

It’s going to be interesting trying to match paper and cardstock that I have to the various colors that are on the big letters.  As well as trying to come up with good words for some of the letters!  If anyone reading has suggestions for words that are good for cards, please comment!  I’ve got ideas for some, but I didn’t really think much about how hard some of the letters might be when I decided on this idea.

Hmm, I hope I don’t regret this!

Anyway, hope you enjoy reviewing your alphabet over the next few months as I make these cards!

Card #117: Invitation

2 observations:

  1. I always seem to get sick over long, holiday weekends.  And it sucks.  😦
  2. You know I’m in full-on cosplay build mode when I willingly go to Menards, even after working the late shift at work and having not had supper yet.  🙂

So those are my excused for not having this post up yesterday.  I’m sick, and I was working on a costume project.  The going to Menards thing was on Monday (though I was there again today) but it led into working on costumes and I had though about posting that observation on facebook but never got around to it so I did it here instead.  And now I’m rambling, which must be a result of illness.  I had intended to write this yesterday, but once I got started sanding plastic, I just couldn’t stop!  And stayed up later than I should have.  Which is probably also why I’m sick.

Hmm.

Anyway, I was tasked last week with making some invitations for the Alpha Center, since they know I like to do that sort of thing.  Since the invitations really didn’t have anything to do with babies, I made them pretty generic.

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A little patterned paper (used some really old stuff up, yay!), a yellow card base, and some red to frame out the words.  Inside of course was all the details about the event, printed on the computer.  And I added a couple blue gems for a little sparkle and decoration.  I didn’t have enough of any one blue to do all dozen cards, so a few of them were different.  But since everyone will only see their own card, it doesn’t really matter.  🙂

Ok, I’m going to bed now.  A long day of costume work is in store for me (and my wonderful mom! hi mom!) tomorrow, and I’m beat, so hopefully a better night’s rest tonight and I at least won’t be hacking all day in her sewing room.

Oh, also, if you haven’t seen it yet, GO SEE WONDER WOMAN!!!  I finally saw it today, and it did not disappoint.  🙂

All right, off to bed now…

Card #113: Awesome!

Well, this is the final week of my pre-made cards, so next week I’ll have to start getting creative again.  Not that I haven’t been creative in the last few weeks as we’ve been getting decorations and other preparations ready for VBS, but I’ll actually have to sit down at my craft desk again instead of on the floor in the living room in front of My Little Pony reruns whilst crafting.

Cuz yeah, that happened.

Anyway…

After I made the “hi” card with the ribbon scraps, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to use more of those chipboard letters.  (btw, I did end up having to go back and use some big glue dots on those letters to keep them attached to the card, because the glue on the back just didn’t hold.)  I came up with the idea for this card, and was thinking about making a whole series of cards like it with different words, but then I thought that would be kind of boring.  But maybe I’ll do that anyway, just to use stuff up, and not bother posting them here.  Or doing a big long post with a bunch of cards in the same style.  Who knows?  It ain’t gonna happen for a while, at least until after VBS, if it does happen at all.

Oh, you want to see the card?  Sorry, sometimes the rambling gets out of control.

 

I tried to find some cardstocks and letter stickers that matched the colors in the “a”, and came up with this simple design.  The light mauve-y pinkish color is a textured cardstock, which adds to the character of the card without adding more colors and making it too busy.

So my thought was to use the letters and do like a series of “b is for blessing” and “c is for caring”, etc. kind of cards, just nice encouragement-type messages.  That would use a lot of my letter stickers, too, which I have a LOT of, so maybe I should work on that sometime.  If I made all the cards with the same layout, it wouldn’t actually be that hard, and it would use a lot of materials, which would be beneficial to my collection, especially if I used a layout that did use some more patterned-type papers.  I really should work on that…

So yeah, I hope you have a great weekend, and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms reading this!