In this chaotic world of COVID-19 we all need some way of distracting ourselves from enforced restrictions in movement and communication. Working from home in a world that has only toyed with the idea of working from home takes some time to set up unless you already have a study or spare room where you house a computer for anyone to use sometimes.
It has been difficult to actually complete this post because there are so many things I broached while drafting it but in the end I decided to simply write about what I have been doing because I don’t like talking politics and its ins and outs. I had thought of making comments about the way COVID-19 is affecting people, their lives and business globally, but it sounded like someone on a soap box so to avoid that I will stick to what I can be on my soapbox about and that is my work – my cardmaking and scrapbooking work that is.
With all the upheaval and uncertainty as to what may or may not come next, I have spent my time making cards, although I have done some scrapbooking as well. I did participate in the Virtual (worldwide) Crop hosted by Creative Memories 21-22 March 2020. They are now setting up weekly Virtual Card crops which should be interesting.
The cards I have been making this past week were for Splitcoaststampers challenges and I share some of them here. I have found that using these virtual crops and challenges keeps my creativity going as well as keeping my brain working and also helps take away some of the angst about what’s happening. During the fires of December and January I was quite ‘rusty’ and it took me all day to make one card or only part of a scrapbook page but once I started the challenges and participated in the virtual crop I found I was improving and made two sometimes three cards in a day, and not all for challenges.
So the point of my post today – in this age of restrictions you just need to keep going – do what you feel happy and comfortable doing whether it is reading, exercising (?), walking – you can walk around your garden – oops what if you don’t have a garden, good point. Anyway, there are plenty of suggestions out there in the cyber world too, and you can expand your hobbies or if you don’t have one, now is the perfect time to get one, or two or more going. That is how I got started on altered books or junk journaling.
For example, a couple of years ago, I had not taken any crafting tools or stock to make cards on holiday. I had my laptop and some colour pencils and some adult colouring pads – which were the fad at the time. One day I came across what they called altered books or junk journals and I searched and watched video after video to find out how to make/do them. I could hardly wait to get home where I had some books that I thought would be ideal – I had inherited them, I was probably never going to read them, the perfect candidates! On our return home, I got stuck into the preparation of several, and one of those I have used and it is full, but I cannot find the others, so I go searching in our home library – nothing else I can call it – to find others that I can re-purpose. In my recent search for the information or instructions I came across envelope albums (that’s another story for another day), so I read through the article on envelope albums and thought that’s too small, I need an album that will take larger items such as maps or brochures from my travels. I just happened to pull out a couple of manilla folders from a container I was sorting through and – well the rest is in the album I made with them! Yes, I used manilla folders to house some of my larger souvenir brochures and maps. I cut them to approximately A4 size, the folders were A4 but if you know anything about the size of folders they are usually slightly larger than the papers that you would use them for, so, to make them more manageable for brochures I trimmed to what I needed.
One of the junk journal/altered books makers I like because she explains each step well is Lorrie Marie Jenkins. Her manner is easy going and yet so inspiring that I couldn’t wait to start ripping books apart – I am a librarian by the way. But this type of ripping is creative and what Lorrie Marie does with them is amazing. My creativity with that is still evolving so use her tips to get you started.
Well, I think I have babbled on long enough so here are the photos, I will include the one of my ‘junk journal’ I showed last time but more on that another time. For now cheerio.