Today is the midpoint of the celebration week - I am having so much fun filling the boxes and reading all of the comments and answers to the questions. At the top of my blog it says "do something creative every day." This represents the commitment I made January 1, 2009 to post daily to share my creative adventures and encourage others to join me. I haven't missed a day since 1-1-09 and I am motivated to continue when I read how many of you start your day reading my blog. It is amazing to know that people actually do read my ramblings and find inspiration from my work. Thank you all for joining me on my creative journey.
I originally bought a Cricut in 2007 to help me with scrapbooking. We have thousands of photos from the years we spent living overseas and I wanted to get them into simple albums. I became a Creative Memories consultant a couple of years before I "caught the bug" and I really enjoyed helping people work out their layouts and preserve special memories. The Cricut diverted my attention from scrapbooking when I discovered all of the other types of projects I could create and when I started using Design Studio it more or less took over my creative life.
I have done all sorts of other crafts throughout my life and I also enjoy quilting - or at least making quilt tops! The two photos of quilt tops are both "stack and whack" style quilts and one of my early experiments with the Cricut was creating with a paper version of this technique.
This was one of the cards I made - you can read more about this technique and see what I went through to try to get a properly sized diamond HERE.
I am still a Creative Memories consultant and I do a lot of digital projects using the CM software. I was thrilled when Creative Memories started to offer Cricut cartridges and I thank everyone who has purchased Creative Memories items through my personal website (HERE). If you don't have a consultant and are interested in CM products, I would be happy to help you. The items I am adding to the boxes today are all Creative Memories products that were limited editions or are no longer available. If you are looking for something that was in the CM line a few years ago send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) - I just might have it on hand here.
The first group of items is this collection of two paper albums and three packs of paper and stickers to complete them. They each have a large envelope you can use for mailing the completed albums. These are great to make for gifts for far away relatives. The theme is tropical.
There is an opening for a photo in the front cover - these are a few sample pages from one of the paper albums I did for my husband's parents when we were on a family vacation in Florida in 2008. I brought along just this kit and a tape runner and had photos printed at the local CVS so I could assemble the mini album and give it to them while we were still on vacation!
I think there is a tendency for our entire family to like blue!
I am also adding to each box a mini tape runner - these are no longer made by Creative Memories but can be quite handy for tiny places.
The third item is this little kit - a colorful tin filled with some adhesive shiny papers, a pen (random color) and some letter stickers (don't laugh - there are still ways to use these even if you do have a Cricut!).
These boxes are starting to get rather full - and there are still three more days. It is a good thing that they will mail for a flat rate - I think they will end up being pretty heavy!
Instead of reposting the directions, I would ask that if you have just come upon this celebration week and want to start at the beginning you go to Wednesday's post HERE and work your way forward. The rest of you already know how to play along!
The question for Saturday is
What other hobbies do you enjoy and how have they influenced your paper crafting? Do you still keep up with these hobbies or has the Cricut (I think most of my readers do use a Cricut) pushed them aside? Are there ever enough hours in the day? (That is a rhetorical question and doesn't need to be answered unless you have a tip on stretching out time!)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend - we have lots planned but I will be adding to the boxes again tomorrow - and it is another set of similar but different items that I'll be adding...
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