Every project I make has a story that goes with it. Whether that story is about how (or why) I designed the project or about what was going on in my life at the time, each project has a history. I love that I have created and shared so much, and it’s fun to review those projects like a little scrapbook of my year. I have my favorite projects, but I could never name one of them my favorite (because I don’t want to offend the ones that didn’t make the list). For today’s post, I’ve combed through my posts from last year to find the projects that are dearest to my heart.
I’m sharing my projects in chronological order because they tell a story of all we experienced during the year. Here are six of my favorite projects from 2020 (you can click on any of these pictures to see the original post for each) and the stories behind each:
1 – Mom’s Birthday Card
My Mom is quite a spectacular lady. I love that I can create beautiful things to share just for her. Mom loves blue flowers (she single-handedly raised three boys, so blue is the perfect color for her to love), so the cards I make for her typically feature a pattern of blue flowers that’s current at the time. In January, I made Mom’s card with some beautiful flowers I knew she’d love. I colored the flowers from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Happy Birthday to You in Seaside Spray and gave them a soft, sweet So Saffron cake. The card is one of my all-time favorites – the layout, the colors and the beautiful flowers came together to help me make a special card for a special woman. Here’s Mom’s birthday card from 2020:
2 – Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles
In March, so much changed for all of us. We instantly became homebodies for good reason. I began working from home and didn’t leave for days on end. Even grocery store trips were limited and well-planned. One day, when we temporarily lost power, I pulled out a puzzle that started me down a path of putting together puzzles. I was sitting up until 2 am some nights, chipping away at puzzles (and my patience).
This new love of puzzles helped me to fall in love with the Puzzle Pieces dies all over again (just as they were about the retire). I made this card with a fun combination of orange and yellow pieces:
3 – We’ll Get Through This Together
Do you remember that global pandemic we had last year? It really had me looking for ways to share my emotions on cards. When the new catalog was released over the summer, I went right for the new dies in the Beautiful World Dies. A Flirty Flamingo heart on a Pool Party and Just Jade globe said more than I could have expected it to. BUT…it was my find in the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set that pulled this card together for me. Here’s the card:
All of my stamps are organized on shelves that are waist-high to the ceiling. It’s no secret that I often stand at the stamps and run my finger over the spines, waiting for inspiration. I curiously pulled out Good Morning Magnolia, a set that had been around for more than a year, to see if I could piece anything together from it. When I saw this sentiment, I knew I needn’t look any further. It said exactly what I wanted it to say. I love when that happens. We are still getting through this. Despite losing way too many people along the way, there’s more hope than ever that we’ll find a delightful end.
4 – Sharing Cards
While I was locked up during the pandemic, brave and wonderful people were doing so much to make our lives amazing. One of those people is my Great Aunt Margie. When I shared an article from her local paper about what she was doing to serve her community during the pandemic, I asked y’all to make cards I could send to her. I also collected cards for nursing home and hospital shut-ins at the same time. That request from this kind and generous community yielded over 100 cards to Aunt Margie (y’all are the sweetest!) and over 750 cards I delivered to nursing homes and hospitals at the end of Summer and beginning of Fall.
Isn’t she adorable?! The quick story – she spend many days cleaning cemetery plots in her town. Who does that?! My Great Aunt Margie does. CLICK HERE to read that story. Many of you have maintained a pen pal relationship with her throughout the year. I love that!
Margie is retired from the United States Post Office (she was the postmaster in her town for years), so I knew the Posted for You Bundle would give me a great card to include with all the others I sent to her.
5 – Teachers are Amazing
There are some things we’ve always knows – nurses, paramedics, teachers and mail workers are pretty awesome. This year brought those folks (and many other essential workers) to the front as they kept things going for us. One of my best friends from college is a science teacher in my hometown. I know how difficult things were this year and wanted to honor her with a card that reminds her how I feel (all the time, but more intensely in 2020). Here’s the card I made:
Not only did I love the “why” behind this card, but I was so excited by how it all came together – the blocks of colors, the bold apple and the perfect sentiment. I’m as proud of this card as any other this year.
6 – Hearts Come Home
I always enjoy playing with Christmas products to make festive and beautiful cards. The Holidays in 2020 were not like any other, and this card felt very special to me:
I didn’t see my family for Christmas, and I know a lot of people were in the same boat. This was the first year I understood the “hearts come home” sentiment – even if we can’t all be in the same place, love can bring us together. I look forward to the Holidays this year and pray we can all be in the same place once again.
2020 is one for the history books. While the year leaves us all feeling a little bummed, I know I have so many things to be grateful for. Despite the downs, there were some really great highs. 2021 will be an amazing year, and I look forward to sharing more with you over the next 12 months.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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