The month of May has really been a month filled with many firsts for me so far. Tonight I joined my daughter at a scrapbooking night that was hosted by the very talented Angie. I spent the day preparing my project that I was going to take with me. While packing my car (yep, I have wheels again and I've named my sardine can with wheels 'Dot' because I'm like a blue dot on the map again) I commented on how much stuff she was taking with her and she assured me that what she was taking was nothing compared to what some ladies take with them for a scrapbooking night.
We arrived just before 6pm and most the ladies where already busy with their evening projects, except Angie as she was busily preparing a delicious dinner for us. After introductions I settled into my project and the easy conversations that were happening around the tables. There was so much inspiration and creativity going on around me that it was a natural buzz to be apart of it all. As the ladies created amazing scrapbooking layouts or ATC's the conversations ranged from kids, husbands, family and friends, new ideas, techniques and just about everything in between.
There was one highlight that I'd like to talk about that I think is worth sharing and that was the relationship I witnessed between two shop owners. Angie and Dalena each have a home based scrapbooking/art supply business and they are friends that are willing to share and help each other to succeed. It was a pleasure to listen to these two shop owners exchange ideas and resources without the normal fears that most competitors have for each other. I realize that we live in a dog eat dog world but it's nice to see that some people are still treating each other with respect and working together for the better good of their business. If more business would only adopt of leaf out of their handbook, the mind boggles at how much more productive we would be as a society. I've linked Angie's Shop and Dalena's Shop if you'd like to visit them.
I was surprised that more people didn't know how to get 16 Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) from a 12" x 12" card stock sheet. Just incase you didn't know either here is the diagram that will give you 16 ATC's each 3½" x 2½".
Overall it was a great night and I'm so pleased that I had the opportunity to meet new people, hear some great ideas and share some creative time with some wonderfully talented people. I'm looking forward to the next one and if you haven't joined at scrapbooking night yet do yourself a favour and organize one or find a group of like minded people and join them for a night of fun. Be prepared for a late night as it was over 3am before we got home.
Art has always been a major part of my life. I supported my 5 beautiful children through my arts and crafts for 15 years. My children are my greatest joy and now I'm a proud Nana to 8 amazing grandchildren.