Here it is…the blog you have been waiting for your entire life!
I am happy to introduce you to Stamp with Brian, my paper crafting blog that allows me to share all of my new experiences with you as I stamp, snip, ink and paste. Let’s get started!
As a young child, I loved anything to do with paper. I could (and still can) stand in a stationary store for hours and just stare at all the paper, envelopes and pens. I guess it’s not typical for most children, but I moved directly from coloring books to construction paper collages, origami and calligraphy.
When I was in the seventh grade, my family vacationed in the South Carolina mountains. The vacation really came to life for me when we stumbled upon a small cabin that housed a rubber stamping store in the middle of nowhere. I had never seen rubber stamps before (other an the “sign here” and “paid” stamps in my Dad’s office). I could not take in all the colors, all the textures, all the images. Within a few minutes of entering the store, the kind lady behind the counter heat embossed an image of a cartoon frog stamp for me. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! I bought the frog stamp, along with a “Brian” stamp and a couple of ink pads. I used those stamps on everything for the rest of the summer. I got “the bug” but that was to remain dormant for many years.
The stamping bug returned in 2000 when I found Stampin’ Up! A work friend invited me to a Stampin’ Up! demonstration. We made a couple of simple, but beautiful, cards. I poured through the catalog and was mesmerized by the stamp sets, colors and papers. I signed up as a demonstrator and spent many, many hours stamping over the next two years. Since my stamping friends were outside of Atlanta, I traveled long distances to stamp in friends’ dining rooms
over the next two years and stamped in my make-shift stamping room (my guest room). After I fell out of touch with my work friend, I stopped stamping. I found several other outlets for my creativity, but I still came back to my box of sample cards, wondering why I wasn’t still stamping.
Fast forward to 2012. After moving into a new house and unpacking all my stamping supplies, I had to get back in! I now had the physical space to craft again, so why not? When I first spoke with Pam, I knew we’d be great friends. I immediately signed up as her down line and began to rebuild my stamping collection. We’ve stamped together several times and have introduced stamping to several of my great friends. Great times!
So, here we are. From here out, I hope to use this blog to share special projects, crafting tips and Stampin’ Up! news. I want to inspire you to create beautiful things you love. I hope you’ll come along with me.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about Stampin’ Up!, projects on my site or anything craft-related. If you live in the Atlanta area, I’d love to meet you to show you some of my projects or host a stamping party for you.