Crafter? Creator? Creative? Artist? Scrapbooker? Card Maker? Mixed Media Artist? Fabric Dyer? Painter? Art Journalist?
None of those titles ever seemed to fit me. I wished they did. I hoped that someday they would. I enviously listened to my friends and peers describe themselves in these terms.
One day I told a friend I think I am a Paper Architect. We laughed and then realized it was a great description. If it is paper, glue, ink, sparkle, meant to convey love, care, sorrow, celebration, achievement and more, then we wanted to be a part of building it. I wanted to build it!
I have continued on these past 10 years dabbling here and there with different crafty endeavours - Circle Journals, Altered Books, Mini Albums, Cards, Home Decor Projects, Scrapbooking and most recently Project Life and ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).
A few years ago we moved to Ohio and I went in search of crafty friends. Locally there weren't any to be found. I found knitters, fiber artists, spinners, mural painters, photographers and all sorts of other quirky, creative and fun people but alone I was in my desire to put stamp to ink and ink to paper in order to create.
Then I found Stampin Up. The colors spoke to me. The catalogs teemed with creative ideas and were so modern. I felt I finally belonged.
Now I attempt to build my crafting friend circle online. Finding kindredspirits who will join me in uplifting others and documenting life one stamped image at a time.