One of the things I wanted to do this year was spend more time on projects that I love, my photography and styling as well as playing with pretty papers and getting messy with watercolors and paints. The art of doing what you love every day is truly cleansing to the soul and such a rejuvenating process! When I’m painting and working on artsy scrapbook pages or taking photos the time just slips away (which is sometimes a bad thing when you don’t have much)but I feel less tense and in touch with that part of myself I love the most. It's just as important to me as resting and taking care of my health.
Over the year you might see more party ideas, pretty color combos and eclectic images as well as a new site update (hopefully)! I really hope to play around a lot with the new Maggie Holmes Confetti Collection! Have you seen it? It's so fun!
I know the gifting season is over but that didn’t stop me from playing around with my chalkboard paint and creating some fun packages. What else am I supposed to do with that big ole bottle of paint? So this girl just went to painting cardboard boxes and turned them into pretty packages! I just love to give a pretty wrapped page no matter what the occasion.
I noticed after creating so many fun cut files over at Iheartstudio.ca that I had been making things pretty hard for myself with just getting my cameo and attempting to cut out the most intricate of shapes. Which is awesome but over the course of a few months I realized that I should only be cutting these shapes out if I have a pretty sticky mat and a new blade. Once those start to go then all of my cuts were turning into jumbled messes!
A lightbulb came on and I decided to make things a little easier by opening up photoshop and filling in some of the more intricate designs to make them easier to cut. Simple lines with just a few pretty leaves were just as lovely to me. If you have photoshop you can just open the file and use your paint bucket tool to fill in the areas that you want. If you’ve been having problems cutting please try this, I absolutely squealed that they were just as pretty as before. This may work as well In photoshop elements but I don’t use that program very much.
These were the toppers for my layered gifts you see here.
For the time being I will be using this simpler way for some of my more intricate cuts…until I have a new mat and blade that is. The ideas are brewing with all the cuts that I’ve made lately!
Do you find yourself using you cameo less because cuts are coming out all jumbled? Trying this way may take a little of the headache away!