Where Does Creativity Come From…?

Hello and happy Wednesday friends!

I’m back from a recent vacation and I want to talk to you about something.  Mr B and I flew off to Florida 10 days ago (because the beaches in AZ aren’t as nice as the ones in FL) and after we’d sunned and swam and read and lazed, we got ourselves off to Tampa to meet our friends at the airport where the fun really started.  The Misters went off to the 2nd largest Air Show in the US (we felt badly for them; we knew our fun was so much funner than their fun) and the Misses hauled themselves and their paint brushes to an art retreat (of sorts).  That might not be what the event was billed as, but that’s what it was to the two of us.  Our teacher, Joanne Sharpe, publisher of several books, ambassador for Bernina sewing machines, holder of a Master’s degree in Art Education and Artist Extraordinaire, came from Rochester, NY to teach 4 completely different classes to groups of 15-30 students over 2 days.

So, where does creativity come from?  You might say it’s a talent some people are born with.  I don’t entirely agree.  I think the average person has a lot more creativity inside them than they ever realize.  And with exercise and practice it becomes stronger and more useful.  Like a muscle.  I don’t have anywhere close to the creativity that Joanne Sharpe does; I haven’t spent the years in the practice and pursuit of creativity that she has, but I do have a very strong “copying” skill and enough of my own creativity to “jump off” the idea platform she provides, to create something different, unique and beautiful.

For the last year or more, I’ve been really “working” one side of my creativity muscle (card making) and because it’s been exercised frequently, it’s grown stronger.  But that’s not the case for other sides of my creativity.  And some days that’s been stressful and not very fun.  Not to mention lopsided.  There are many, many ideas for ways to jumpstart your creative mojo, from browsing Pinterest (my personal fave), to cleaning your craft table, to sorting and purging supplies, to shopping for more supplies, to reading a book or going for a walk.  But last weekend I discovered and re-ignited a passion for creating that had been missing for a long time by attending 4 art classes! On vacation.  With a friend.  In FLORIDA forcryingoutloud!!  If my mojo couldn’t show up for that party, there was no hope!


Here is a glimpse of what I came away with after two days.  I have a pretty watercolor painting where I learned how to see negativity and paint it.  And a small (not very good) landscape painting.  I have a fabric/quilted and decoratively sewn journal cover.  And the start of a wildly painted quote book.  Not everything is finished, or display worthy, but every one of these projects helped to re-ignite a passion (for color, just for starters) and fuel a fresh excitement and burst of creativity that I welcomed with open arms!




(These are our Creativity is a Serious Business faces, not our Just Learned Our Cats Need Dental Surgery faces.  You wouldn’t be faulted for mistaking the two.)






So what does all this have to do with you??  Well, I learned so many cool things and came home so hopped up with creative energy, that I want to share it with you beyond just a blog post!  Which is my way of announcing some upcoming classes!!!  If you think you too could use a creativity jump-start, then mark your calendars and Save The Date for Friday afternoon and evening, July 6 and all day Saturday, July 7, when I’ll be visiting Winkler with my paintbrushes and wild-eyed fervor!  We’re working out all the details still, but there will be a more informative announcement very soon and registration will open on May 15th!

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This post was written by Norine on April 18, 2018

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6 years and counting….

Hello, hi!

Monday was the 6th anniversary of when I started on the design team here at Love is in the Details, so I thought I’d like to go back and review the years and re-share some of my favorites! First thing that I noticed when I went all the way back is that my photography and styling skills have changed. For the better I’d like to say!

Going all the way back to 2012, this mini album remains to this day, one of my very favorites. It was made from a really pretty line of Heidi Swapp papers and the pages were all differing widths so that you could see the last page or the next page from the page you were on. I still really love the dimensional depth that comes from layers upon layers of photos, paper patterns and embellishments. You can see more of it here.


I was afraid this might happen. I can’t limit my faves to one per year. There was this one as well from 2012. Such a cute idea to make an envelope from a polkadot paper bag and make it match the card that went with it. How did I think of something so cute?? I need to do this again! Click over to here to see the cute card that went inside this envelope.


Ohmygoodness then there’s this post! Remember Smash books? I only ever made this one, (although I still want to make a NYC trip smash book) but it was SO fun, partly because I prepped it before we left on our trip to Italy and then took it along with me to document each day while it was still that day and I could remember events and thoughts, and tape in the bits of travel ephemera from the day. I even collected gelato spoons in a little envelope! It makes me want to go on another trip now!



Then 2013 saw these adorable baby cards made from buttons! You can see more of that post here.


And then, remember Inka Gold?? I still love that stuff! Here’s a layout I made using that paste,


And then some cards made with Inka Gold in this post here.


But my very most favorite from the year that my son got married and we had a bridal shower for his fiancee are these posts here, here and here!


On to 2014! 2014 was the year I tried a few new things! I started off the year with designing some laser-cut chipboard sentiments for cards, layouts and more!  This post and this one too, are what came from that endeavor that I sadly miss and wish hadn’t gone away!  There are so many chipboard things I’d love to use!


And this layout…


And these canvases here


And then towards the end of that year, we got a cool new product into the store called Kraft-Tex! It was an interesting product that came in white, black and kraft, that you could treat like paper as well as like fabric! I made passport covers for everyone in my family. (I still use mine!)



And I also made and Mixed-Media-painted a book cover with lots of stamping and stenciling for my watercolor papers.


2015 started off strong with these cute heart shaped egg cartons!



We did some family craft projects at the lake that year with lots of washi tape!


And I made these Batik-styled cards



And this pretty layout


But my very most favorite project EV. ER. is this vintage book, bridal shower mini album! (Part one and part two!)


2016 found me finally finishing up my ancestor shannon file boards here and here!


… and receiving, trying and LOVING my MISTI tool, and making a dozen grad cards with it!


It was also the year we found out we were going to be GRANDPARENTS!!


And finishing out the year with foil, more foil, and home decor foil!!




Finally, in 2017 we became grandparents and there followed a few baby layouts.


But only a few.  I wouldn’t want to be a bore that way.  But watch this space for a mini album coming soon!

There was also this adorable layout of my friend’s little grandson!


And this was the year that Distress Oxide Inks came into our lives.  And we haven’t been the same since.


Oxides and stencils.  A winning combo any day of the week!


So this post today was a fun walk down memory lane that made me want to get back into my scrap room and document some more memories in a way that is so emotionally and visually pleasing!  It also made me thankful again for the opportunity that Lori and Love is in the Details has provided me to get to play with new products and to share with you on a regular basis, all the creative stuff that comes from that play.

If you’ve lasted all the way to the end, thank you and have a wonderful day!!

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This post was written by Norine on November 8, 2017

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