Its been after along time that I did a frame work for one of my neighbours, who wanted a card- in-a- frame format for her husband.
When a customer comes for such personalized work for someone so intimate, I feel I have to have some insight into the person concerned, say for instance, how old is he/she turning, what colors do they like, what temperament do they have ~ social or reclusive, what hobbies do they enjoy, so as to incorporate a theme around some of these things, but most of the time, people really just want “ANYTHING” special without really wanting to part with any details. In this case I guessed alot to get a feel of whom I was doing the frame for.
I dont know the gentleman well enough but It was really difficult having to guess their likes and feelings when you dont really know the kinda relationship they share, what tastes they have in art etc etc.
There is really very little one can adorn the frame with 1 becoz I didn’t find a shadow frame and 2 becoz I didn’t know what hobbies he had, so I decided to use the lyrics as the base and fill it up in boxes and apertures to make it look elegant.
I have divided the frame into three main parts, the upper left one, the upper right one and the center lower area. I concentrated on what message was going out rather than the embellishments. He would naturally be seeing this frame at all odd hours and most importantly it had to reflect how the sender felt all these years, apparently they had been married for 27 years.
Green frame is a difficult color to work with especially since I had to change the base of the frame nearly 4 times. I wanted the base to be brighter so that I could then add the ” patchwork ” in contrast colors. I think the effort was well worth it, she was completly overwhelmed. I suppose I wrote her mind .. .. ..
The art studio has been buzzing with activity finally over the past THREE weeks !! Although the idea was to complete the organizing bit by making the labels for all the boxes, my impatience got the better of me. I’ve done almost 12 beautiful pieces of art, not to mention the try outs which have found refuge in the dust bin ! Ofcourse the table has gone mad again with piles of bits of paper cuttings and tools scattered everywhere. How I get work done in the mess .. well . .. . . . . . IT IS an art !!
These are the scissors that I frequently use. There are two more racks with scissors, which I rarely ever use. Thing with scissors is :
- Place them in a way that displays their design side so that you dont pull out a dozen scissors before finding the one you intended to.
- Place them in an easily accessible area close to the work station.
At any given time, before I call it a day, here are a few pointers to what I do, inorder to stay focused because like most of you’ll, I too, cannot function when the cuttings get out of control.
- Put back all dies in the folders.
- Wash all soiled rubberstamps and keep them for drying on a dry napkin
- Gather all the paper cuttings in one area. so that although its still on the table its not E V E R Y W H E R E .
- Clear up the guillotine tray.
- Throw in the double sided glue strips in an airtight container lest they dry off and loose its strength.
- Last but not least, place all the new productions in a drawer or container so that they the glue adheres in a dry area.
- One thing I have realized is that I take out too many embellishments to ” try out”, when I decide It does not fit in, I just leave it there somewhere. I have lost one too many embellishments this way, so now I gather all such embellishments and keep them in a tiny box, end of my creative spree, I quickly push back everything in their respective containers.
This all must seem like alot but really it just takes a little over 15 minutes !!
Ribbons : although I have 5 wire baskets full of ribbons, I am yet to organize them. Hey, its alot of hard work !
I find placing ribbons in an open container like the wire crates very convenient, since I am a compulsive ribbon feeder, its nice to have “out in the open” rather than otherwise. I have tried several other options, but this suits me best.
This organizer makes locating tiny beads or brads so easy. It is efficient and handy. large enough to carry a big variety and small enough so as to be placed on a table top or shelf.
There is good news from the craft studio though. Finally, I felt this gush of inspiration ~ hadda break my long time block and started working on “a couple of projects “. These are my first projects in the last 5 – 6 months. I mean, can you imagine having such a “l o n g” block ?? Well I did.
The new organized studio not only leaves more space around to move in but also gives more actual space to work on the work station, which is good. But like any crafter knows, enough is never enough when it comes to work space. Still I feel there are a couple of bags full of craft goodies which have to find a decent box for storage and then the labels !! I dont know why I havent been able to give the labels done as yet ! I think its just the thought of having to climb up to the ceiling to find out whats in the boxes, thats putting me off !!
Coming back to the projects :Its been good so far. That GUSH I was talking about got me taking on two tins at a time !! Yeah .. Am I excieted ! Not only am I recyling the tins but even the paper used is handmade paper. Only have to finish the lid art works and we’ll be ready for the dance. Hopefully You’ll be able to see more finished projects by the end of the week ! Here are just the two.
I completly enjoyed this card. Loved working with pink after a very long time and loved adding those cute embellishments. The lace was a lovely finishing touch in the card, although the pink fur ribbon was quite a task. The pink velvet handmade paper was a first timer for me and I completly loved the feel.
Almost all of my cards have a three dimensional effect or feel to them. Unique Embellishments and charming ribbons are placed to add a touch of personality to each card. Handmade paper is frequently used to enhance the quality and texture. I go to great extents to source my embellishments and handmade paper.
My cards are truly unique coz even after 300+ cards , I have not repeated a style so far. They are cards full of character, karisma, and individuality. They can all be framed quite easily too.
I have eye for details and that is reflected in all my creations.