A chaotic year at an end but the chaos continues.

Hi everyone,

A sincere apology to my followers, I have not been active on this blog or my Creative Memories Blog or even my Facebook or Twitter accounts in 2020. Why? Disillusionment, during the fires in late 2019 and early 2020, then with the pandemic, the realisation that I have no one to pass my work on to gave me a feeling of “what’s the point”. Without family, the scrapbooks would have little meaning for my friends, they might like looking through for aesthetic value but they would have no real meaning.

Unfortunately, this affected my card making and just about everything, I was not interested in anything much. However, as always, things happen sometimes that just make you come back to life and get motivated again. I can’t remember what it was, perhaps a template for a scrapbook layout or a video about an easy page caught my interest and from then on I tried some challenges and kept going for a while, making cards mainly, sharing and swapping cards then somehow I got behind with the weekly challenges and again fell into the “too hard” mindset.

Then I saw an invite to an event a friend was holding this month (December 2020) and because we have not seen each other for two years, possibly more, I decided no matter what I was going. So, having let my friend know that I was definitely interested in attending depending on accommodation, I set about finding accommodation in the appropriate area. Of course, with COVID-19 I had to be careful and ensure that we would all be safe and that no restrictions were in place that would prevent us from going.

Having found our usual accommodation available we attended the scrapbooking event and had a great day with some old friends and made some new ones. The pages I made are at present incomplete because I didn’t have the right embellishments to add to them but I will finish them off before I share with you in my next post.

As I said I have made some cards for challenges and those I will share with you here, or at least some of my favourites. The challenges I speak of are, of course, with Splitcoaststampers, and a couple of other private groups that I exchange cards with. The first two cards are my own designs and made specifically for swaps. I can provide a brief tutorial on request for anyone interested.

For those interested in the tutorials for the Splitcoaststampers Challenges the links are listed here. The first one TLC788 – Bubble Painting, mine was made with bubble plastic wrap and and white acrylic paint which is explained in the description for the card the link to which is on the card.

The second challenge is the Holly Jolly Christmas folded paper frame and the tutorial link is listed in the above link for anyone interested.

The next one is the “Merry and BrightSketch Challenge called the Double Dutch fold which looks complicated but there is a brief tutorial in the listing for the challenge and there is also a step-by-step SCS tutorial which is very helpful.

The last is titled “Count the candles” whether birthday or other event. Mine was for Christmas candles. I did make an adjustment by hand drawing the flames and “fussy cutting out” and attaching to the rolls. You can read my method by clicking the link on the photo.

I think I have given you enough to go through and I will be back with the scrapbook pages I made earlier this week once they are completed.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break with family and friends, all the best for a much happier 2021 to all. Cheers and thank you for looking and following me. I will leave you with “Just a little note” I made for the Inspiration Challenge for Splitcoaststampers. The link to my card is on the photo below.

Comments and questions welcome.

Author: raevon59

Scrapbooker, card maker and Creative Memories Advisor. My goal since 2020 and beyond is to make scrapbooks for other people. I would really like to spend more time filling albums with my scrapbook pages, writing books, making cards and helping others with their scrapbooking and card making. Want to know more? Send me a message.

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