For my birthday this year I received this cardmaking kit:
It was a very thoughtful present. I do love making cards and I got it in plenty of time to make them for this Christmas.
I didn’t really like it.
My aesthetic is vivid colours, simple lines, and minimalist embellishments.
But this kit has busy, busy papers in quite muted colours, and the embellishments contain possibly my least favourite thing ever: cutesy vintage.
No judgement, I know there are people in the world who find these adorable. I’m just not one of them.
Now, I’ve written before about Jess Crafts videos where she uses one paper pad to make lots of cards. Example here. After watching a few of those I had the thought that if I whack out cards like that, I can use up the kit and maybe sell the end results. Because it’s a birthday present so I can’t just give it away unused.
So I chopped all the papers into backgrounds, squares, and strips
Then went to it, churning out cards like I never have before. It’s quite freeing having all those pieces ready to assemble, and not having to think and plan a unique card every time. And it turns out I actually quite like some of them!
Another life lesson for me; don’t dismiss something outright just because you don’t like some aspects of it.