Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Creative Heart

I love creating things, especially things made from beautiful paper. I think my husband wonders if my hobby is collecting scrapbook paper as I have plenty of it. The thing about having lots of paper is this...when I create I never know where my creative mind will take me for the afternoon and I need paper for every mood. (well, that is what I tell myself.) Sometimes, I am in the 'shabby chic'  mood and sometimes I like colorful 'whimsy.'  One thing is for sure, I have rarely met a paper I did not like. :D  My grand-daughters love it when they  come to visit and can create anything they want using paper and embellishments from my stash. I never mind sharing with them and I love watching what they create.The wonderful thing about a child is they don't sit and worry if their creation will be received with accolades...they just create and they are not afraid to do so. They seldom say to themselves 'well what if I make a mistake, or what if someone doesn't like what I created?' We should all take a lesson from them and just create from our heart and not worry about how it will be received by others. I remember when I used to teach scrapbook and card classes, I would have women come in and say  'I don't have a creative bone in my body.' I would say, 'well, why don't you try and see what happens.'  They would always leave pleasantly surprised when they found out they really did have some 'creative bones' but had never tried exercising them. Have you created anything lately? If not, give it a try and see what you can come up might be pleasantly surprised.

Front cover of a journal I made as a birthday gift for a friend.The 'B' is for the initial of her first name. The flower is a paper rose. The button card I found at an antique store and I loved the pink background with the pretty white buttons on it.  The base of this journal started as an inexpensive composition notebook. (I love those things.)

 This is the inside cover of the journal.

This is the back cover that I added paper and rubber stamped. 



  1. I love coming home after a long day at work and read your blog. I do it every night and sometimes when there isn't anything there :( I check first thing in the morning when I get up thinking that maybe I went to bed too early and you did it later in the night. Thank you for sharing it with us. It makes me think of things. And yes I love these journal notebooks also.
    Love ya..

  2. I was fortunate enough to see that journal in real life before you gave it away. The photos just don't do it justice. It is a beautiful journal, just as the Yorkshire travel journal you made for me. :-)

    You do lovely work, Deb. I'm hoping to create something between now and Saturday. I'm afraid that rigormortis has set into my creative bones. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for the challenge!