Monday, July 13, 2015

Embracing our imperfections

I have a confession to make.  I struggle a lot with my own imperfections.  Especially when it comes to crafting.  Do any of you feel that way sometimes?  I look at projects on Pinterest or in magazines and the work there is always so beautiful.  I never, ever feel like anything I make measures up. 

I think in some ways, that's a side effect of the world we live in today.  For example, if you look at the top five posters on your Facebook page, you'll see them sharing about all the wonderful things going on in their lives.  Rarely do you hear about the mundane.

And so, starting today, my goal is to embrace those imperfections.  I want to share my work.  The good and the not so good.  The projects I'm proud of - and maybe those that I don't like quite as much.  Because in every crafting journey, I realize I'm learning something along the way. 

This is one of those times.  I can't say I love this project.  In fact, if I'm being honest, I'm not even sure I LIKE this card.  I've attempted several times and I can't quite seem to do justice to this adorable stamped image.  But I tried.  And I hope in my attempt, you see something that inspires you in some way.   :)

First attempt:

Second attempt:

**My thoughts: If I had it to do over, I would simply add the twine and sentiment to my first attempt.  For the first card, I inked one side of my embossing folder, but I did not run it through my machine.  The second card I actually embossed the cardstock with the ink on it. 

Same supplies but two different looks.

Happy Monday!

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Sarah Whicker said...

I really needed this today. You're so right, looking at other projects on Pinterest or blogger make me feel so inadequate...but you know what, everyone struggles with something! And, it's such a nice learning experience along the way! I love your project, both versions. It's so nice to look back at something and see what you can add or what you need to take away. I am so blessed that my sweet husband is not only my best friend but my craft partner too! He always knows what to add or how to spruce up a project! Thank you for such a great example today. Have a very blessed day :)

Shelley Lee said...

Sarah, thank you for your sweet comment. It means so much to me that you would take the time to do that. It's nice to know I'm not alone in this struggle. :) I'm happy to hear that you have such an awesome husband. It must be fun to craft together! My hubby isn't a crafter but he is very supportive. You have a blessed day too! I hope you'll stop by again soon!