I used to teach elementary school. Sometimes life offers up twists and turns that you feel like you are supposed to take until you find yourself in a place that you never imagined but is exactly where you are supposed to be at that time. That’s how I became a licensed designer. When I first started my scrapbooking company, we specialized in photo organization. I had a team of people and we would help a client take their boxes and drawers of photos and organize them. Sometimes they just wanted everything stored in folders or envelopes. Sometimes they wanted everything scrapbooked. We helped them with whatever they decided they wanted to have done at that time.
I started offering 8″x8″ mini-albums with specific themes. This helped clients to focus on an event or birthday instead of trying to tackle all of the years of memories they had stored. I asked each client to choose various phrases or quotes that they wanted to accompany their photos in these albums. Many of the quotes came from lists that I gave them with one of their own put in here or there. I realized that I had a knack for finding just the right words for different photos.
I took this skill with me throughout my scrapbooking career. One of our first products that we manufactured years ago were 12″x12″ vellum sheets with various quotes printed on them. We were the first to do this and the industry picked it up and ran with it. Now you can find quotes on just about anything. I believe that it is because of one simple reason – the beauty of a good quote will tell you what you feel or think or wish in words that we may not be able to pen ourselves.
I haven’t created a lot of quotes or phrases for the Silhouette store yet so I decided to go back to my roots this week and give you some. Click on each image to find them in my store. A few have to do with Easter like these:
Pair these next two files together by creating a carrot patch of three carrots where the last carrot has a bite taken out of it. Then add the word “yum” to the end of your patch for a darling springtime decoration or card. You can layer the carrots or not for a two-toned look. Everything is included in one file in my store.
The rest are more applicable to living everyday life. Many would make fabulous wall art. Just cut it out with vellum and attach it directly to a wall or door. Or mount them on wood, sheet metal or anything else you can come up with for beautiful but simple home decor. Did I mention they would look great on cards or framed? Sure. Go for it.
Finally, don’t look Grandmas! This one is in plenty of time for Mother’s Day. My own little Cole has lots of friends and many people who love him and he loves them right back. But his cousin Claire is three months younger than him and they are like two little peas in a pod. They get to Grandma’s house and are each other’s shadow as they run and play and laugh. I hope they stay like that forever. To celebrate the relationships we develop as cousins, I have created this file. It comes with each line joined or separate so that you can layer the words if you choose. I think that’s what I am going to do. I haven’t decided quite yet.
Enjoy the green peeking through the ground during this time of year. We’ll probably get another snow but for now we are basking in the sunshine with short-sleeved shirts and buds on the trees. Happy Spring!