Below is the article I have written for the
Crafty People Monthly
Crafty People Monthly
This month our theme is "Love of paper"..
A fitting title for me..
I have a thing about patterned paper.. I see a pad, I just have to have it.. If I REALLY like it, I have been known to buy 2 of the same..
Why?? because I simply love what I can create with paper. I make cards as well as scrappages and books. Lately my fellow writer, Tina Teasdale, has inspired me to have a go at altered art, and has been teaching me how to create flowers from the smallest scraps.
I have been crafting ever since my eldest baby was born, so we are coming close to 10 years now. I have gone from a little box of bits and pieces to having my own craftroom. I have gone from making very simple cards, to now trying out more and more exciting tecniques. And with that my stach grows. But nothing has grown as much as my paper stach.
I have several folders bursting full of 12x12 papers, all ready for when I get in the scrapping mood. Several A4 folders full of pads & printed designs, 8x8 pads galore and dont forget my shelf bursting full of my 6x6 pads..
So why do us crafters need that many papers?? In theory, 1 pad of paper at the time should be enough, shouldnt it??? Did I hear you all scream NOOOOOO??? lol
Personally I think it has something to do with the creative mind. I know, for myself, I get inspired to do a project when I see a paper pack I like. Many of us start out a card or a scrappage by picking our papers. so if we only had 1 pad, our creativity would dry out. I do find myself returning to a pad at a later date, so nothing ever goes to waste, but in all honesty (and I will deny ever having said this lol) I do personally have enough paper to last me a life time lol..
I asked on my FB page "why do you love paper crafting?" Here is what some of my crafting buddies had to say:
Sandy Hughes Hubbard: I love it because it is my therapy. It is a happy place I can go, leave the outside world outside. Forget about everything that is going on in life. It is just me and my memories :o) www.asmylittleworldturns.blogspot.com
Fran Hancock: I love Paper Crafting because it helps me relax from the stresses of the day, and I love being able to give family handmade cards, I haven't bought a shop card for years . http://craftyfran.blogspot.co.uk/
Sall Baker: You mean you need to ask lol? I love the freedom to express myself, the ability to create something original, unusual and different, I love giving something that has been made with love and soul and means something.
Paper Crafting:Well I guess really it is'nt just about our love for paper, is it? Its what we can make with paper, its the quality time we get out of playing with paper. The satisfation we get out of making and giving something we made simply with paper.
Next month I will explore that side a bit more. I will have an interwiev with a good crafting buddy of mine, Gwyneth, who will tell us about what Crafting with poor health means for her.
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