May - June 2017 Donna’s Two Stamps, err, Two Cents… I was watching a YouTube video featuring several different paper artists including Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner and they were talking about their individual style. Each artist was asked where they get their inspiration from and how they found their style. We often talk in the store about what we like, what styles we like and our style. For those who are still struggling to find their style these paper crafters had some suggestions. Everyone agreed the best way to determine your style is to experiment. We can look at tons of videos and samples but looking and doing are two different things. For example, I love simple. In card making I like simple images, clean and elegant lines and defined color. However, recreating those images is another story for me! As much as I love simple, I have a really hard time creating simple designs. I’m also a scrapbooker. As a scrapbooker I find I like more textured, layered, almost cluttered designs and I find the pages that are more complicated and layered are easier for me to do. I’ve been scrapping for over fifteen years and card making for about six. It’s taken me that long in each instance to find what works for me and what I can do best. However, I find that lately, I’m a burglar. I’m that little thief that can copy an idea fairly well. I can take a little from here and a little from there or sometimes I take the whole thing an that's what I need to get a layout or card done! This brings me to inspiration. When craft blogs started I was in heaven! All those ideas, designs, techniques, oh my! Then I found that after a while my ability to be inspired by these wonderful designers gave way to me being paralyzed by them. I found it hard to come up with an original idea. That thief kept creeping into my work. Was I doing it well enough, were my ideas as good as theirs, why couldn’t I come up with an original simple card?? I have to tell you I still struggle with this. I’m an excellent copier, and I readily admit when I teach a class if the card technique and design the class is doing came from an on-line blog or website. I firmly believe in giving credit to the originator. But I haven’t let it stop me from using these great ideas to create cards and other projects. Where does this leave you with developing your style and inspiration? Like the road to Carnegie Hall – practice, practice, practice! Do what you are comfortable with. If you’re uptight, nervous and not enjoying what you’re doing – it may not be for you. Find your happy zone, find what makes you smile and what makes your fingers itch to pick up your scissors, stamps and inks and play – play, play, PLAY! Most of all, please yourself and have fun!
ATC’s for 2017 Did you know that we have an active ATC group here at BSS? Make 6 ATCs featuring that month’s theme. Keep one and bring the rest to the store by the end of the month in a marked plastic sandwich bag. We will divide all the ATC’s received and you can pick up your bag shortly after the first of the next month.
We would like to remind you that the class cancellation policy asks for a 24-hour notice to cancel a class. Please do not cancel through an email. Also, we would kindly like to ask you to cancel if you are sick. If you are unable to cancel at least 24 hours ahead of time, please call anyway, and if a class kit is available, please stop in and pick up the kit as soon as you are able to. Thank you!
Special Hours The store will be closed for the following holidays: Mother's Day - Sunday, May 14th Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th Father's Day - Sunday, June 18th Weather Closings will be announced via e-mail and Facebook! If in doubt, call the store!
Demo Sunday 3rd Sunday of every month (Please call to reserve a spot) May 21st and June 25th, 2017
All Day Crops! Dates to be announced via e-mails