Ehm, it has been a wee bit since my last blog post (the understatement of the year!) so that perhaps celebrating Easter will also bring hope that I will be able to start posting a bit more frequently?
It hasn't been silent because I have nothing to say. It's more like I have so much to say and there is so much going on that it has been a challenge to find the time to put it all down as a blog post in a timely manner. All I've managed to post now and then is a picture with a sentence or two on my social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Twitter). But there is so much more to be said and each picture has a whole story behind it.
Let's take a look at the above Easter greeting for example.
I have quite a stash of yarn, thread, beads, paper, and fabric so that I am always on the lookout for opportunities to use something from my stash. Even if it is just a little bit. It makes me feel like I've accomplished something and who knows, after many small projects there might finally be a visible dent in my stash? I can hope, right?
Even though I am not a true scrapbooker, some pretty sheets of paper do find their way home from time to time and then I find myself hesitating to use them because they are too pretty to use!
I should get over it because there are so many new and pretty ones coming out all the time that I should always find another one to make something with...
One way I have found to "use" my pretty paper without cutting it up and ruining it, is to use it as a background for crafting montages. That is, it's not for an actual physical greeting card but it's to take a picture of it and then to manipulate it a bit further for a final digital greeting or post.
Most of the times that only involves adding some text in a font that I like or little embellishments, or cleaning up something. I have found that these digital pictures work really well nowadays with so many of my family and friends being online.
I looked through my 1-sheet pretty paper stash and picked out one that seemed to fit for an Easter theme. Then I grabbed some DMC size 80 thread, a crochet hook (size 0.70 mm) and made some pineapple Easter "eggs".
Happy with the crocheted items, I got busy with trying out different arrangements of the eggs and locations on the paper, keeping in mind that I needed some open space to put my text and peace dove icon. BTW, I use my viewing screen on my camera pretty heavily to zoom in on only the part of the image I am planning to use to help me visualize what it will look like once I've cropped it.
Once I picked my favorite arrangement, I used GIMP (free and open source image editor) to crop my image, adjust the colors a bit, layer my text and free vector icons on top of it< Then I remove a few dots that were interfering with my text and duplicated the hearts to fill in some empty spots. And voliá -- I had a pretty looking Easter greeting. 🙂
Happy Easter to you all and keep crafting!