You might of noticed cobwebs growing from the corners of this place. As I invest in other areas of my life, more and more, my commitment to crafting is evolving into something more akin to graphic design. It's weird. I love paper crafting and always will, but right now, school is calling me to focus most my attention on Adobe Illustrator and everyday design. You know the kinds of scrapbook products you love to buy and take home? I want to make them, but I'm not quite ready to jump into the product design arena yet. My hope is that in another year, I'll be in a place to push myself that direction..and then, maybe something BIG will happen. Nothing is certain yet...it's all about transition and developing new skills right now.
That doesn't mean I'm not scrapbooking. Actually, I still scrapbook at least once a week as time allows. I recently created a mini album about a game that Ethan and I enjoy playing - Jenga. It's chalked full of the usual details, and my favorite feature - WINDOWS. I filled them up with all kinds of goodies, and photos of Ethan in action.
The gold spots were created with the brand new "Gold Goosebumps" mist. I'm semi-pleased with the product, but still slightly clueless as to how to best implement it on a project. I laid down random spots of the liquid on this page, but I'm sure it has lots more potential. :)
At this very moment, my two favorite brands are Basic Grey and Heidi Swapp - I especially love the colorful BG collection, Spice Market. If I were to have designed a collection, this would be it!! Oh my - I can't get enough black and bright, bold color. Please Basic Grey, keep heading the direction you're going!!
Even though I'm not a project life kind of gal, I still purchase digital journaling cards. When I find a set I like, I buy them and print them out on thick matte photo paper (National Camera Exchange has a great selection!). More often than not, their on the pricey side, but as someone who works in Adobe Illustrator on a daily basis, I've come to greatly respect graphic artists and the tremendous amount of time they devote to creating their unique designs. I'm willing to dole out a few extra bucks for good design. It's a tough job.
I know only few folks find me here these days and I want to send out my sincere thank-you for putting up with my absence. All is healthy and well - and design is still my friend. And yes, Eric and I are going strong! Love the man! Have a good one!
- Christine M.