Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tis the season

...creative juices flowing

I think the land of blog is better than google. It is here that you stumble on new foods, new family trips, ideas that inspire all while reading and interchanging with others on this walk through life.

I have "collected" scrapbooking materials for years. Not to collect, necessarily, but all in the hopes to use all the wonderful papers, embellishments, stickers and stamps. They have been moved a few times and tucked back away until the moment I can pull it all out and play.

Last year, as I traveled through the land, I came across wonderful sites creating collage art. I fell in love. So last year, as the season of giving approached, the creative juices flowed and I was intrigued by the soldered charms on many sites. And, after purchasing the glass and soldering items needed, broke out the papers and ribbons stickers and charmed my way through a new craft.

As the store came closer to closing this summer, I KNEW I was finally going to have time to scrapbook!

Not so simple. I started pulling out supplies to organize only to have to place it back into the armoire I pulled it from. In the meantime, as I traveled thru this land, I landed at Two Peas In A Bucket, Pretty Paper Blog and Creative Mini Albums. These two sites and the links that you can follow from them, have given a smorgasbord of ideas to use my scrapbooking supplies.

The last time I went to a crop was probably four years ago. Books were created mostly for 12x12 or 8x8 albums. But I think I found the answer to the lack of time. Mini Albums.

I am inspired. I am excited. I am making my first one.

The New York trip was perfect for creating into a mini album for a gift for my mom for Christmas.

I started last week, and this is what I have so far:

(made envelope for tags with pictures and journaling)

I love the tags and the smaller pages. I like the difference in the collage element from the older books I have completed (sad, none for myself, just others). I hope to have it complete next week and then to start on a new project.

I do wonder though? Do artist require inspiration or see inspiration in other works? Or are they just naturally, poof, capable of creating?

Does this time of year inspire you to be more creative? What do you like to create?


Gayle said...

Your first mini album looks great! I have never scrapbooked, but I love the look of the cool albums people create! I haven't done anything creative for Christmas so far. Sometimes I'm in more of a reading mood than a crafting mood, like now! I hope you show us your projects as you create them!

Sandi McBride said...

I don't know why, but I love (and always have) many teasets, mini dolls, mini shoes...and I love these mini scrap books! Good job!!!
Sandi word verification is "bitties" too cool!

Merrie said...

Beautiful! You do GREAT work! I think that creative people are just creative and they also get inspiration from what they see and what others do.
I see things and think "I can do that"... but, then I don't or if I do, it is a FAR cry from what I was thinking...
You are blessed with creativity!

Susie said...

They look GREAT!!