When I first started papercrafting, one of the first die hard product loves I developed was a crazy mad love for all things 7gypsies. For a very long time I had "I dream of being the 8th gypsy" in my signature line at 2peas. I have been very blessed in my career as a designer to get to make projects and samples for some of the absolute best companies in the industry, including my other absolute all time favorite, Tim Holtz (seriously, I still pinch myself when I think about that one!). So imagine how I felt when I got an email from Debbie Crouse, who, if you don't know is one of the gypsies. She told me that they had seen my Happiness Project Library Tray and would like to display it in the 7gypsies booth at CHA. Needless to say, I said yes (and maybe did a little dance)! I can not tell you how amazing it felt to go to CHA and have samples of my work at not only my usual places (this marks my 5th year at BasicGrey) but to also have work displayed with Tim AND 7gypsies. Seriously, I thought I could faint.
Since I had been so busy in January I hadn't gotten to make any cards yet for the tray so I kicked myself into high gear and scrapped some of the photos I had been snapping since the start of the year. I was thrilled to get some finished and added to the drawer in time to take it to California for the show.
I thought it would be important to add a card that would introduce the object of the project. I had originally planned to do all of the text on the cards using my vintage typewriter since I love the look of the type and since it is a very sentimental piece to me. I decided though that I needed to include some of my handwriting too. Handwriting is very personal and since this is a very personal project, I decided that I needed to include a mix of both.
For this group of cards, I used mostly 7gypsies products, including some journal tags that have been in my stash forever! It felt good to break some of the items out that I have been hoarding for way too long. (paper, journal card, reinforcer, die cut bird: 7gypsies; mini clip: Tim Hotlz)
I also decided that I should include a photo of myself just as I am in my normal everyday way so I snapped a shot of myself with no make up dressed in a t-shirt, jeans, and favorite hoodie. This is me, every day. I am not fancy, I am just me.
I am pretty shocked at myself for not only putting that age down, but also putting it on display at a trade show and on my blog. Seriously, how did I get to be 40? It is so adult which I am certain, I am not!
For my vintage category, I made a card about my typewriter. Looking at it makes me happy when I think about how I used to dream of becoming a great novelist using that typewriter. (paper, card: 7gypsies; memo pin: Tim Holtz)
This girl and her sweet smile can really turn around almost any mood. She just has the sunniest disposition. She is rarely mad and almost always happy. (paper, die cut card: 7gypsies; journal card: Crafty Secrets; flowers: Making Memories Vintage Findings; mini clip: Tim Holtz; staples: Tim Holtz)
Teaching and sharing a passion for paper and creating is such a blessing. Being able to call it my job makes me happy! (paper, journal tag, butterfly die cut: 7gypsies; journal card: Crafty Secrets; white butterfly, flower and leaf: Prima; metal leaf, bling brad: unknown)
Is it wrong to make a second card about Starbucks in the first month? Technically, this one is about the combination of Starbucks inside Target. The combination of both in one stop is total happiness! (paper, journal card: 7gypsies; die cut foil trim: Red Lead; flowers: Making Memories; leaf pins: Maya Road; staples: Tim Holtz)
Snow, really? Certainly not with the temperatures and ice we have now or if I need to drive somewhere, but a fresh soft fluffy snow, yes. When there is a fresh untouched snow fall the world feels so silent and still and everything looks so pure. Then of course the dog wants to go out. . . (paper, journal card, die cut card, and brads: 7gypsies; snowflakes: Heidi Swapp; staples: Tim Holtz)
All cards and elements inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.