Welcome to DCPapercraft! This is just the beginning of my dream coming to fruition. I hope you find something that makes you smile and gives you an idea.
My dream has long been to teach others to enjoy papercrafting. I say papercrafting because I am not really a scrapbooker, although everything I love to do translates well to that particular part of papercrafting. I want to teach others to USE what they have, and if they want to try something new, they have 40 fun ways to play with it. I like to approach crafting sessions with a tool in mind. I define tools a little broadly...anything that can be used to create with is a tool. Embossing powder, watercolor crayons, markers, die-cutting machines, glitter sprays, paint, and paper (of course!), are just a few examples. My feeling is, when the crafting session is over, if I'm not wearing it on my skin and clothes...maybe even in my hair...I could have had more fun!
I also love to create. This is different from crafting for me. Creating uses tools together, and incorporates design and texture and color, and...and...and. The biggest difference to me is "creating" results in an end product. Crafting gives me ways to use my tools (my stash) in the creative process. Both are necessary, fun, and challenging in ways that allow me to grow and express myself. And the end result is usually a gift of self for a loved one. "I had fun making this for you. I thought about you during the process, and this is the result (hopefully you like it :))!"
This has already been a fulfilling journey. I have wondered if I wanted to share it with everyone...it kind of puts my feet to the fire. Oh well...here it goes!