Coming Out of the Crafting Closet
Ut-oh! Say what Kimberly??
Yes. Let me confess. I am a crafter. A crafter who loves ALL crafts especially paper crafts.
I’m pretty sure that most of you will be able to relate to this post as crafters and I hope you will keep in mind my ginormous HEART for all things Stampin’ Up! and NOTHING changes that. PERIOD.
BUT… I am a shopper. I am a hoarder. When I see pretty paper or stamps… I buy it. It’s pretty simple. It’s almost like a disease. If it’s pretty I want it.
This brings me to my very large dilemma.
I love to share. I am always afraid to share the “contraband” crafting pretties that I have created. Afraid that my long time Stampin’ Up! sisters might look at me with a FREAK look on their faces and ask, “What the heck are you doing Kimberly?”
This fear is so much so, that I use my “hidden” crafting supplies and don’t share.
Two things happen with this. 1st- You don’t get to see something I think is really cute. 2nd- I feel a big lump in my throat that I’m being a bad girl.
Yes, at 44 I’m feeling shame. FOR REALZ.
That’s going to STOP because the reality is life is short, I am enjoying it and I’m going to share that JOY with you. PERIOD.
In this big GREAT crafting community that we all love, we have an opportunity to share our talents, crafting disease and rejoice together in the beautiful things we make. I shouldn’t be stuffed in a closet creating with my pretties. I love that I can use my hoarded supplies and coordinate them with Stampin’ Up! … and GUESS WHAT? They look beautiful together.
I think the reason THIS POST comes to life is from working on some of my Project Life layouts. I have Project Life coming out of my ears. I can’t help it. Becky Higgins has done a phenomenal job with the designers she has chosen and 100% of all the cards I’ve ever seen are a must have. I started Project Life prior to Stampin’ Up! teaming up with Becky. However, my poor PL cards have a very thick layer of dust on them because my heart said I shouldn’t use them and only Stampin’ Up! Ummm… that’s not the way it should BE.
After working on this project that Heidi Swapp started a week ago…. I can’t do it anymore. I am loving this project. Capture Life. If I’m going to be real about capturing LIFE then I’m going to be REAL and use all the supplies I have sitting in this big ole mess of a crafting room I have. It’s LIFE. My life consists of ALL kinds of paper crafts that I LOVE LOVE LOVE. (Read more about Heidi’s Capture Life project HERE.)
Like I said in this previous post, we ALL have a story to tell. The good, bad and even the ugly. I love to capture these stories because it leaves me some hope. On those particular days that I have no hope left… I look back at previous pictures and layouts I’ve created and know there is hope. That life can be filled with many challenges but we survive. With our without the superwoman cape on. Let’s share it. ALL of it.
So today I am here to share it. I hope you don’t mind.
For the last 6 months I’ve been “collecting” my Ali Edwards Story Kits. These are stamps and pocket cards and do-dad galore. I love them. They have sat on my desk for a long long time.
Please someone pipe up and tell me I’m not the only one???
This weekend I brushed the dust off and I fell in love with these pages I created.
All of these layouts will fit into my 6 x 8 Espresso Album using the 6 x 8 Variety Pack of Pocket Pages. I love this album because I can decorate the front cover. I’m excited about a new 6 x 8 Album that Stampin’ Up! will release on September 1st. It’s ALL Kraft. Squeal. Perfect for making the cover personalized. (Click HERE for Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Kits!)
The biggest question I’ve received from Instagram or my Facebook Page on these layouts (I share daily there) is the printing.
I’m printing straight from my iPhone to my home printer for this particular album. Typically I will send my prints through Walgreens or Persnickety Prints is another fantastic choice. Both of these companies do different sizes you need.
Honestly, I’m not looking for perfect printed photos. I’m looking to get the photos from my iPhone printed. Then I can tell my story.
It’s another beautiful way to create.
Will you join me? Are you doing this challenge? I’d love to hear and see your story.
Of course, I pray this post didn’t ruffle any feathers. Let me be clear… I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator because I absolutely know we have fantastic stamps, ink and paper. The best… really. BUT I’m stepping out of my crafting hiding closet because I know that Stampin’ Up! products coordinate beautifully with SO many other great products in this amazing industry.
Stay tuned… there will be more pages coming. This is a journey and one I’m totally enjoying.