Wow. Two blog posts in one week. That is definitely a record. I think it's because I've spent the last two days, or nights in my case, trawling through lots of other crafter's blogs (a great displacement activity along with repeatedly changing the colour scheme on my website and replying to comments on Facebook!) and getting depressed and inspired in equal measures by the incredible talent that is out there in crafting blog-land.
I've blogged before about my tendency to go off at a tangent and start creating something that I wasn't "supposed" to be creating at that moment and isn't that what creativity is all about? This project is a good example. Believe it or not, it was supposed to be a Christmas card as I'm still way behind with designing and making them and am clearly not going to finish them before the end of August as I'm actually writing this post in the early hours of September.
I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow I went from intending to make a Christmas card to coming up with this scrapbook page which is about as "Christmassy" as I am. However, I'm quite pleased with it, mainly because it has taken me out of my comfort zone and away from the more traditional digital scrapbook layouts that I usually do. It's thanks to the wonderful work by the Daisytrail community (www.daisytrail.com) that I was inspired to do so.
The embellishments are mainly from A Mother's Love digikit by my favourite designer Kreative Designs by Karen. The background is a blend of a backing paper from the MCS Vintage Charm CD and one of my own photos and the focal image is a digital stamp from The Botanist digikit. As soon as the design began to come together, I thought of the quote which is from Keats' Ode On A Grecian Urn, although I have condensed it a bit.
This is certainly the most "arty" page I've done so far and I think it might make a nice piece of home decor, once I've sourced some inexpensive 8 x 8 frames. And as for the Christmas card? Well, there are still 115 days to go!
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