Let’s travel back to 2005 for a little while.
I had been stamping for several years but had only shared my cards with friends and coworkers – I purchased a green, fabric-covered box that I carried around everywhere I went. Everywhere. I attended classes and crops with friends on the weekends and signed up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator at my first chance. I didn’t host workshops – I sold to a couple of coworkers and funded my own habit for several years. I was actively a hobby demonstrator, although the term wasn’t used at the time. It was my way to get my discount – and I loved it!
I had “peeped” Splitcoast Stampers for quite some time but didn’t post anything there until this year (remember – we are in 2005 – please try to keep up!). As far as I knew there were no demonstrator blogs in cyberspace – Splitcoast Stampers was it. I thought I’d give a challenge a try, so I participated in a color challenge that used brown and pink, and here’s the card I came up with:
So, here’s the thing: the card is nothing to scream about. Remember, I had been making cards for several years at this point, and THIS is what I chose to “go public” with? Eeeek!
Back to 2013. Not only have my photography skills improved since 2005 (can you see the paper snips in the bottom, right corner holding the card shut?), but I think Stampin’ Up!’s products and styles are vastly better. But that’s not why I post this card. I post this card to show you that we all begin somehwhere. Again, this is the first one I shared online. I think the layout is kinda’ unique, but there’s nothing amazing about this card.
Are you struggling with layouts and card designs of your own? Just keep playing around with the shapes and colors you like. I suggest that you try some of the design challenges out there. I participate regularly in the Pals Paper Arts challenges and am currently a Guest Designer for The Paper Players. When a card challenge defines one of the card elements for you, it takes some of the pressure off your back. Go with it. Enjoy it. You don’t even have to share the card on the challenge site to benefit from the challenge – although I suggest sharing.
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