Saturday, February 24, 2018

I'm Never Going To Do That!

Yes, we've all said it sometime in our lives...I'm never going to do that! Well, let me tell you from experience, that as soon as the words come out of my mouth I am somehow launched on an unconscious path to do that very thing.


Shabby Chic ATCs
Take, for example, artist trading cards. When a friend of mine first shared with me that she was creating these miniature 'works of art', I thought she was crazy. I mean, why would you want to waste your time making these things? It made no sense to me.

Two years later, I discover the world of mail art and I finally 'got' it. I start making ATCs to swap and trade with others. I now have several large binders FULL of artists creations from around the world. 

Then, let's move on to pocket letters. When I first came upon these through a Facebook group I belong to, I could not see myself EVER doing them. I was a bit intimidated by the thought of attempting one, in fact. It was a trendy fad that would fade as quickly as it appeared, I thought. A friend continued to work on me, in spite of my protestations, trying to pique my interest in them.


Winter Themed Pocket Letter
Once again, about two years later, I decide to give it a shot. What the heck, why not? The more I learned about pocket letters, the more appealing they became to me. I watched a lot of YouTube video tutorials and I thought it was finally time to experiment with one.

Big sigh...I got hooked again! Now, I am participating in multiple pocket letter swaps and I have a couple of regular pen pals that I exchange with too. I'm having a lot of fun sending and receiving them. Check out this video to see a Valentine's Day pocket letter that I sent to one of my partners.


Thank You Card for Swap
Let's move on to greeting cards. The lovely cards posted by others on Pinterest amazed me, but I could NEVER create anything like that. I was convinced of it. I'm simply not talented enough for that, I told myself.

I resisted for a LONG time, until just recently, when a friend tricked/bribed me to join a greeting card swap on a group we both belong to. I foolishly took the bait, and signed up for it. Now, I want to make lots more greeting cards for every occasion.

You know, now that I think about it, it was the SAME friend who got me interested in ALL of those things! She's had a diabolical plan all along, hasn't she? YOU know who you are, friend. 

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    1. Your are just glad that this one isn't on you, Yvonne. Right?

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  2. Who meeee? No. I am innocent...but, Isn't it nice to have such a good friend that has that much faith in you knowing you would eventually come around and knowing you would find such joy in the paper manipulating world?

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    1. Did I mention any names, Dar? I was trying hard not to single you out. How did you know it was you?

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    2. ROTFLMAO!!! You are funny my friend. But honestly, you not happy that you are being left behind and missing out on all the fun and friendships?

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    3. I did not say that I wasn't happy, Dar. I just know who to blame for my paper obsession.

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    4. ok ok you get this one, but know that I wear my new title proudly! lol

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  3. Oh dear. I've been making greeting cards for over a decade and ATCs for less than a month. I'm not at all interested in making pocket letters, but this post seems to be warning me to never say never! Check back with me in a few months to see if I've succumbed to the pocket letter obsession. And I shall blame you women over in the FB group if I do fall into this trap!

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    1. I will be the first to remind you of this WHEN you start making pocket letters, Elsie. LOL

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    2. Yaaay, finally YOU will get blamed for something!!! bwaahahaha!!!

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    3. And BTW Elsie,(and Bonnie) I have been making ATC's for over a decade, Greeting Cards for about a year, and pocket letters for under a year, and I have NO regrets. And for the record I proudly wear the badge of being blamed for Bonnie's paper passion!

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