If you’re anything like me, you’ll sometimes find that your creations don’t turn out quite like you’d imagined they would. Take my latest paper crafting adventure, for instance.
I found this magazine at the local craft store last week and fell in love with a design that was stitched on a tea towel. At the bottom of the towel were little triangle-shaped trees in different colors and patterns, making up an adorable forest. It was so cute! And looked so easy! I could transfer this simple idea to a scrapbook layout, right?
I started with some funny little triangles. Found some colorful papers with patterns and textures. And when I was finished pasting them down, along with a patterned base, it looked nothing like a forest. Instead, I had created a… seascape? So my trees became sailboats. And my scrapbook layout became a small sign for my desk. I realized when I’d finished stitching and stamping and sewing buttons in place that I had actually enjoyed the fun diversion. What had started as an assignment for myself turned into an adventure of playing and exploring… and not knowing what I was making until I was nearly done.
So, sailboats it is. I could use an inspirational sign for my desk, and I already know the perfect place to hang it up! It’s a good lesson learned; even if your creativity is not leading you where you’d imagined, let yourself get lost for a little while. Sail in a different direction, even if for only a few minutes. It’s fun to discover new horizons!