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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!

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I was a teenager during the early 80s.  Before email. Before scanners and computers in general.  I took typing in junior high – on real typewriters.  I remember having to make copies of things by using carbon paper.  So instead of cool fonts and digital images and clipart, if you wanted to pass along information in written form you had to type it on the typewriter or write it by hand.

This was my sister and I around that time.

This was my sister and I around that time - looking good!

My mother has always been good at artistic things.  She was master of the tole painting era – teaching classes and filling our home with her creations.   But one day she came to me for some help.  I was about 13 years old and she asked if I would write out a poem that she wanted to give to a group of young women in our church that she was in charge of.

Now remember, she was an artist herself, but that day she made me feel like I was the only one who could create this work of art for her youth.  And I believed her.

I had always enjoyed writing things.  I had what we called at our junior high “cheerleader writing.”  I was a student body officer and could make the posters announcing dances or activities with the best of them.  One of my favorite things was a big office desk that my parents bought for me at a used furniture sale.  I organized the drawers with all of my papers and pens and pencils.  I have always had a passion for anything to do with writing.

I still love my markers, pens and pencils.

I still love my markers, pens and pencils.

The day that Mom asked me to create this poem I started my first file folder.  I labeled it “Lettering” and started collecting examples of interesting, cute, fun, unique writing that I saw in my environment.  Since these were the days before being able to snap a photo of something with your phone, I often would look at a menu or a sign and draw some examples of the lettering to put in my file.

Then, while sitting at our kitchen counter, I started practicing.  I would look at those examples of writing that I had collected and copy them.  Over and over I would try to mimic the lettering examples until I could do them all without looking.  I wasn’t necessarily great at drawing but that day, when my mother asked me to create something for her that she probably could have done a better job at, handwriting became a love for me.

It also became a talent.  And little did I know how that talent would affect the rest of my life.

I practiced writing every chance I got.  I copied and explored various ways of writing to achieve different effects.  I used a variety of mediums to get used to using a pen versus a pencil then on to a paintbrush.  As a school teacher I often created bulletin board signs that looked just like the title of the book we were reading because I could recreate it with a black magic marker and chalks.

So almost twenty years later when Hampton Art came to me asking if I wanted to design stamps for them I couldn’t believe it.  This had always been a hobby but rarely had it made me any actual income.  I immediately said, “Yes!” then hung up the phone wondering what in the world I was going to create.

Thus began another file folder of ideas – this one labeled “Stamps.”  I tucked my inspiration in my folder and just like when I was 13 years old, began practicing again.  I found that white notecards and a fine-tip black Sharpie pen seemed to work the best for me.  With my tools at my side I started writing, playing, doodling and discovering what I could do that would make an interesting rubber stamp.

Handwriting

Some of the very first designs I ever created for Hampton Art.

You might say that the rest is history.  Since that first set of $1 stamps that I designed and Hampton Art (Studio G) created for Michaels stores, millions of my rubber and clear $1 stamps have been sold.  Now AC Moore and JoAnns sell my designs along with Michaels.  I have gone back to school in graphic design to learn how to create on the computer using Illustrator so that I have more freedom with my designing.  I learned that there is only so much I can do by hand with a Sharpie pen.

But in honor of the encouragement that I received from my Mom all those years ago and those first stamps I created by hand – I decided to bring out one of my favorite Easter designs.  The original version was drawn by hand but I digitally remastered it for you!  One of the many joys of drawing using the computer is the ability to change size, look and color.  So you get four different color versions of the download today – with plenty of time before the Easter bunny is due to arrive.

please click on image to download pdf

please click on image to download pdf

Make some cards.  Create a button to hand out randomly.  Tuck one in an unexpected place for someone to find later.  It’s time to spread the bunny love!  And be like my Mom – encourage someone to develop a talent while you’re at it.

Enjoy!

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