I’m taking this really cool, fun, inspiring, creative self-paced class over at Big Picture classes called Big Idea Festival. It has really opened up my creative flow and stretched my imagination. Oh, and did I mention it’s free? I highly recommend it for two reasons. 1. As artists we never stop learning and growing. 2. It will give you a taste of what each instructor is all about and then you can decide which classes you want to sign up for.
This was my project from day 4 of the class. The idea was to scrapbook your other hobbies and use elements from that hobby as embellishments. The other requirements were to use a GIANT die cut and to include a goal or encouraging journaling about your hobby.
I chose running. I have recently picked up running again. I wanted to scrap this hobby because I needed a boost of encouragement and it just seemed fun. So I found this fun Teresa Collins die cut from her Notations collection and the fun leopard print paper from the Sugar Chic collection by Heidi Swapp. Then, I started thinking of creative embellishments. I came up with a my bib number from the 2002 Tulsa Run, and a shoe lace from my running shoes (I needed to replace them anyway because they don’t stay tied!)
I started out thinking I would use the shoe lace like bakers twine on my page. But, I ran into technical difficulties. The die cut was way too big to accommodate the bib number on the page as well. So I thought what if it could hang off the page and then I could actually hang this on the wall where I could see it daily? What if I used the lace to hang it with? Bingo!
I added some really big letters. I didn’t have any red stickers the size I wanted so I made them using GIMP on my computer and printed them out. Then I had to fussy cut them, which takes a while. Oh if only I had a Silhouette, sigh. (I am trying to save for one, so maybe…) I love how the letters look, so bold and readable.
Then I was looking though some embellishments I have lying around the craft room and found this canvas tag that I saved from a bottle of Samagon. It has a paper adhered to it with stamping and the words “you hold the key”. I thought that seemed to go with the idea of encouragement and motivation. Then, I added a note in my own handwriting. It’s the lyrics to a Christina Aguilera song that I sometimes sing to myself while I run. I love the words. They inspire me to keep going.
I hung it in the entryway to my craft room, which is at the end of the hallway and its the first thing you see when you come out of the bathroom. I was worried that my cutie hubs would not like it. He hates my girlie decorations, lol! But, he actually liked it. He said its my best work ever! He’s such a sweetie, swoon.