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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stepping out of my comfort zone

Over the twenty years that I've been in love with rubber stamping, I've extended my addiction to other forms of paper crafting. I dabbled with scrapbooking but I feel like a fish out of water without a kit, sample layout, or instructor by my side.

Since Stampassion closed (which was like a family death to me), I've filled my need to be at a creative place by going to Captured Moments which is a wonderful and happy place to be. The store is owned by two sisters who are clever, creative and so pleasant to be around. I've purchased left over kits from their monthly club which each make 4-5 pages, premade pages from their page express events, and ready to make page express ensembles. Of course I've also purchased all kinds of papers and embellishments to use with my card making and mixed media projects.

Recently while cleaning my studio I decided to get to work on these scrapbook pages and frankly became a little obsessed about them. I'm working my way through the past club kits and stressing out less when the supplies in the sample aren't available. I know that somewhere in my studio chocked with paper and 'stuff' I can come up with something. Add to that my introduction to Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio. I'm having a blast. Mara and I are signed up to go the Christmas in July all day crop to work on the Lady Gaga concert album.

I've spent hours searching through the Captured Moments website for past page layouts and events I've missed and am now drooling over the samples. Front and center here are some of the papers from their recent Garden Club crop. Too late to get the full array of supplies I was left to use my brain, with a little help from Tiffany and fellow croppers, to come up with my own pages. I must say that I was pleased with the outcome. I believe I can actually scrapbook on my own more that I thought I could.

Thanks to Tara and Tiffany for living through my obsession on the past kits. Check out their wonderful work on their blog or past kits available on their on line store.

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