Sunday, September 28, 2008

Words and paper

I love paper. Always have. I love words even more.

At 16, I covered a massive cork board (6' x 8') in my bedroom with colorful wrapping paper. I separated it into different areas with paper frames, journaling and embellishments to highlight the important stuff in my life at the time -- high school band, golf team, my car, my friends, prom -- and it became a scrapbook of sorts.

When Mr. O and I got married, I composed the wording and made our wedding invitations. There were 110 of them, and each one was created using 14 individual pieces of paper and ribbon. Yeah, I know. A bit much.

I also made birth announcements when MiniMe was born. Getting them actually sent was a whole separate challenge.

My biggest downfall? Patterned tissue paper and gift bags. Mr. O can snarlingly confirm that there are hundreds of packages of tissue paper and hundreds of gift bags in my storage room.

And now I make my living by writing about paper crafting.

Did you just hear angels trumpeting halleluja from the heavens? No? Maybe it was just me.

There's even a day set aside each year just to promote card making (World Card Making Day! Really!). Occasionally, I'll get to do something fun -- maybe give away a special issue.

Like this one:
















I have one, right here. Okay, that one is mine. But I do have a nice clean copy to give away. To anyone, anyone at all.

All you have to do is leave a comment. I'll choose between the two of you by drawing straws.

I crack myself up sometimes.

20 comments:

Sara said...

I guess this means you won't be using SendOutCards - although, you can always take a photo of a handmade card and make a SendOutCards card out of it for ALL your friends and family! Sounds like a good way to make one handmade card go a long way. :)

I'm so glad you landed in your dream job. Immensely happy for you!

BusyDad said...

My sister in law is totally into this stuff. I shall win this for her. That covers her birthday present this year. Damn I'm good. Ok, maybe I'll get her an entire subscription. I'm just too nice...
(actually for real, you ship overseas? she's in the Philippines).

Erin said...

I would love to win!!!

tape said...

LOL'd reading your post :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Chloe said...

Hehehe! Youcrack me up too! I hope you and everyone else has a wonderful WCMD tomorrow! I'm especially excited as this is my first WCMD!!! Woo hoo!!!

Annelies said...

Thanks for a chance to win! Have fun on WCMD! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

This is us -- said...

I would so love to win a copy of this magazine. Need the inspiration :) Thanks for a chance at winning :)

DWaye said...

I love WCMD and enjoyed reading your blog!

Tessa said...

Your blog cracks me up!!!!! Thanks for chance to win!

cards4u said...

Thanks for the chance to play!

Silver Sling said...

So you've found out how to get people to respond, eh? Choose between the two comments?

Nettie said...

I would love to win I need all the inspiration I can get:)

Nettie

Jenn said...

Thanks for the giveaway and happy anniversary :)

almadr said...

Never too much inspo so I'd like to see all the great projects in the magazine.
have a great day
Anna

joybear said...

write my name on one of those straws please...I'd love to win.
Very fun blog BTW!

Barbara DeBose said...

Oh pick me pick me! I think there's more than two of us. ;)

Shad said...

I have so many unused stamps. My goal is to get ink on one of them by midnight tonight. My 2 year old daughter would love to help me out.

Rachel said...

Happy WCMD! Hope you had a great weekend.

Wendy said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

BishopsMommie said...

your blog is soo cool, definitely mark it as a favorite.