You know what? I have a serious issue with ATCs. I love them. I love the idea of trading them (as the unwritten rule of ATCs is that they are never sold, only given or traded). I love looking at them. Some people make incredible ATCs. Each person brings their own style to this mini canvas (always 2.5x3.5 inches). Here's my issue: I have a really really hard time making them. I can get ideas in my head. I can see gorgeous ATCs in magazines or online. I just can't get it down on paper. I don't like what I make. I think it's stressful to try. The thing is, I tend to get into swaps where I make 10, and receive 9 different ones back. I love that. I love getting ATCs that other people made. I even love the ones from other people that have the same style as me- clean and simple. But I wonder if the other participants are disappointed in mine. Why don't I like my own? Something to ponder.
Anyway, here are 2 sets I made today (yes one day late for mailing). Tell me what I could have done so that I like them??? The haunted house ATCs seem a little too simple. I do like the mini scallop though. I had given those scissors to ds a few years ago, after I got through the whole "decorative cut everything" of the 2000-2002 era. I stole them back today! lol The stamp is The Angel Company (TAC). The tiny strip of paper on the top is Basic Grey. Markers (yellow and gray) are Tombow. I embossed the house using black pigment ink and black embossing powder. And I used glossy paper (from TAC) in order to get a nice, dark, even image. The pumpkin ATCs I'm really not happy with. I wanted to try this idea I got a while back, but I'm not sure yet. I stamped and black embossed the pumpkins (retired TAC), and used Prismacolor watercolor crayons to color them in (I didn't use water, though). Then I punched holes, two different sizes, with my Crop-A-Dile around the top of the image, and layered pattern paper (Basic Grey) behind the panel. That wasn't good enough for me, so I applied black stitching rubons (QVC) around the panels, too. That helped, but I'm still not sure. Any ideas??
I made this mini book a few months ago, using only pictures of me, my Mom, and my Nana, taken over the years. I love it. The reason I'm posting it now is because the Weekend Challenge at ASB is using One Sheet of paper to make a mini album. The directions are posted, along with some examples. Go check it out!
My name is Nicky Hurt. I am: a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt, sister-in-law, digi scrapbooker, scrapbooking class collector, scrapbooking supply collector, roadside photographer, Air Force wife, hiker, camper, outdoorsman (when it's warm!), Alaskan, creator, TV watcher, crocheter, PEO Sister, design team member, and reader. I find that I'm getting more and more neurotic, and slightly more sarcastic every year.
" ...but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less." -Anna Quindlen