And now for something completely different....

No, your eyes do not deceive you! It's a scrapbook page on MY blog! Yes, I'm a card maker. No, I'm not a scrapper. What happened??? Well, I guess I'm going through what I would call creative growing pains. Have you had those? You know, where you're just the teensiest bit bored of doing the same thing day after day? That's how I've been feeling lately about making cards, so I'm just putting it out there. After coming up with a new card layout every week for coming on 2 years, plus all my other stamping commitments, I'm just itching for something different to stretch me creatively. So, over the next little while you'll probably be seeing some "different" things here at Poetic Artistry. And probably not quite as many posts.

But don't worry, everything is A-okay! Change is sometimes good. Without it we don't grow as artists. Without it we don't grow as people. And that's what I want to do...

Grow... Flourish... Thrive.

So, I'll be sticking my little crafting neck out into unfamiliar waters to see if I can bring a little spark back into my stamp studio. And while I'm doing that, you might just get a few more of my thoughts and a few less of my creations. I love to write. From the time I could print a complete sentence, I was always writing some sort of short story or poem. I started this blog to get me back in the practice of writing every day but somewhere along the way it just became an instruction manual for making cards. And that's okay, but it's like being forced to ride the ferris wheel again and again when all you really want to do is ride the roller coaster. Know what I mean? I'm looking for excitement!!! :) So, I hope you and your cup of caffeine will continue to join me for my creative journey, even if I don't tell you exactly how I made every little creation here. And I hope you'll take a minute or two today to think about something in your world that could use a little change. In the words of Sheryl Crow... "A change will do you good!"

Julee's Recipe:
1 old photo of Mark & me
Stamps:
Hundred Hearts, Hearts on Fire (Verve Stamps), alpha snap stamps (Karen Foster)
Paper: Black and Basic Gray cardstock, BasicGrey Bittersweet DP
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette (SU!), Black (A muse), Copics, white gel pen
Cutting Tools: Scalloped Hearts and Squares dies (Nestabilities), Scallop Edge and Square punches (SU!)
Accessories: old rub-on from Jo-Anns pack, Black candy dots (Pebbles Inc.)

59 comments

  1. Gorgeous scrapbook page. Nothing wrong with trying new things. It´s just what you need right now and you´re having a fabulous start.
    x Natasha x

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  2. Oh my gosh, Julee! Your scrapbook page is absolutely stunning! Growing and learning is always a fabulous thing! Enjoy the journey!

    Hugs

    ~Spike

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  3. Julee--I can totally hear you. I took awhile off and I love th instant gratification of a car. I don't scrap and want to but can't get into it. I have too many pics and not enough journaling to remember the past. That said, your page is great and your dh is a hottie :-)

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  4. You know, the only thing I've scrapbooked are a few photos for OTHER people, some arboretum photos, and I have an album that I scrapbook cards we give each other in. I need to get back to doing that, it's been over a year now since I have. This is an awesome page though! You'd never know you were not a scrapper.

    I can't wait to see how you continue to stretch your aristic wings!

    Angelique

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  5. I don't scrapbook - but that's a great layout! We can always get inspired from your other projects...either to do other things or to try those color combos, etc. Change is good - agreed.

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  6. Oh Julee, this is such a wonderful layout for a great scrapbook page. What an adorable picture of you two. I haven't scrapbooked in years, since I discovered stamping. I just love the quick, instant gratification I get from completing a card, and my scrapbook pages seem to take me forever to complete. You did a fantastic job! TSF

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  7. Beautiful job, Julee! This is a great layout---I am sure the first of many! Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. fabulous scrapbook page Julee! Good luck to you on your search for growth. So proud of you for realizing what you need and putting it to words. I think it's a fabulous idea! Hugs!

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  9. Julee - Your page is gorgeous!!! I love reading your posts and today's is no exception. You described what you are feeling perfectly, I love the part about the ferris wheel and the roller coaster. I can't wait to see what you will come up with next. You're so talented!

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  10. Wonderful scrap page!! I love both scraping and card making so bring it on!! Challenging ourselves is a good thing so I am looking forward to checking out your future projects and postings.

    Kelli

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  11. What a gorgeous couple! I've been making cards for going on 7 years and have not ONCE tried scrapbooking. Somehow THAT scares me - though someone once told me.... "You can do it. It's just a BIG card." But ya know, I still HAVEN'T tried it. I know exactly what you're saying and I sincerely thank you for going outside your box. You are a good inspiration for me. Thank you.

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  12. Gorgeous page Julee...wonderful picture of you both! I wish I could scrapbook but I've tried and failed many times...lol
    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  13. What a FABULOUS page, Julee! Such an adorable picture of you two! AAAAAAWWWWWWWWW!

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  14. Julee, this is gorgeous and so is the couple :)

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  15. OMG is this the most amazing scrapbook page!! Love that pic!

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  16. So far I've only done digital scrapbook pages but you are inspiring me to create more with paper! Love your page it is beautiful.

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  17. Gorgeous layout Julee, love it!!

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  18. Mr. Verve has a face and it's so similar to his avatar..lol!!! What a great picture of you two. I was a scrapbooker first and cardmaking has taken over my life. Scrapbooking is fun though. Hope you enjoy your creative venture, you do fabulous work!!!

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  19. I know just what you mean about wanting to branch out. I've felt the same way, except in reverse. I've been scrapping for years and have just started making cards as a change. You are so talented, it will be fun to see what you come up with!

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  20. Hi!
    Stunning work!! I especially live the big heart! Fantastic.
    Alice

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  21. girlfriend.......anything you touch turns to GOLD!! Cards, Stamps, Scrapbook pages, you name it!! And this page is no different.

    I love scrapbooking cuz the kids enjoy the pages over and over for years to come!!

    HUGS AND KISSES

    Squirrellyshirley

    P.S. I'm having such a good time using my Wild Thing set again for Valentines!! The gallery for that set over at Verve is awesome!!

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  22. Cute cute!!!! I am working with the same paper this week to stretch MY wings...trying to combine patterns. Yes, we all must take the time to try new things, or we'd never grow!

    Also, I thank you for saying 'Mark & me' instead of 'Mark & I'. ;-)

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  23. This is so cute! I am glad you decided to make it! It is fab! Great layout and details!
    P.S. I got my stamps yesterday and I can't wait to play! Thanks again!

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  24. Great page Julee!! You are right, change is GOOD (altho sometimes scary). Good on you for stretching, and like Shirley said, anything you touch turns to gold. So, I can't wait to see things change and grow!! Hugs, michelle

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  25. I love it Julee & I look forward to all the "different" projects you are going to create!

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  26. Wow! This is beautiful, Julee! I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleave for new projects. :0)

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  27. Hi Julie,
    i look forward to your future posts for scrapping. It is one of the more challenging aspects of stamping for me. I love to make cards with stamps but have difficulty with scrapping.
    Not sure why

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  28. You wouldn't be as talented as you are if you didn't get that occasional desire to try something new. ;) Your page is fantastic!!! TFS Julee!

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  29. Ahh-that is a lovely page! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  30. Julee- I check your site almost every day, even though I never post...just for the inspiration. Thanks for that! I teach writing, and as a crafter, I know that sometimes people find their voices in the least-expected places. Congrats on trusting yours! Keep it up.

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  31. this is such a sweet scrapbook page...love your layout and those hearts with sentiment is precious! I like trying new things too! TFS!

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  32. Wonderful page, Julee! Change IS good...at least that's what I tell myself!!

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  33. No worries, Julee. I'm feeling the scrapbooking itch again myself lately. I was once mainly a scrapbooker. Scrapbooking is a wonderful thing to do for posterity and for yourself, so go for it! You are definitely off to a great start!

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  34. LOVE your scrapbook page and LOVE what you wrote, too. I totally get it, and agree 100%. You GROW, girl!!!! {{{Julee!}}}

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  35. Julee - Totally understand the reaching outside your box so you can grow. So reach out and see what comes. I can see it now (or maybe I am hoping for) Mojo Monthly scrapbook sketch challenges! I would totally be in for that!

    I also used the awesome Bittersweet DP for a scrapbook page this weekend. Check it out at http://craftyengineering.blogspot.com/2009/01/bittersweet-scrapbook-page.html

    I am so proud of it!

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  36. hahahaha!! She says she isn't a scrapbooker! This is divine - well done. And yes, it's good to stretch into new areas. Bet you'll be doing ATCs soon too :)

    Looking forward to whatever you're creating next.

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  37. Julee- this is gorgeous! It has been years since I have scrapbooked and someday I will try it again. Funny- I am totally scared and resistant to change LOL. Anyway, now I know who Mr.Verve is!

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  38. Hi Julee :) Great page, you two look so sweet together!!

    Just thought I would let you know, that when I come and visit your blog, I read your blog, I hear what you have to say! Everything you do is a huge inspiration to me and to so many! :)

    We all can't wait to see how you continue to stretch your aristic wings!

    Hugs, Jennifer :)

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  39. I've been scrapbooking for the past 3 years & got completely stale - now i'm making cards & falling in love with quick techniques & a tiny canvas to fill..no doubt I'll be back to scrapping (hopefully soon) but for now I'm loving me some cards:o) Oh, if you really want to spread your creative wings check out Kelly Rae Roberts & Wyanne Thompson - fabulous mixed media artists

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  40. HOLY SWEET SCRAPBOOK PAGE! Jules this is AWESOME! I think you're going to be a fabulous scrapper;) And is that Mr. Verve I spy!? w00t! Good lookin couple right there;)

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  41. Oh, Julee, I love it - love the layout and colors. I'm trying to do a scrapbook of my life with my husband who passed in October and you and your blog will be such a great inspiration! Thanks for all your talent and wonderful stamps!

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  42. Your talents are amazing. What a fab scrapbook page!

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  43. Your talents are amazing. What a fab scrapbook page!

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  44. Beautiful in every way! You both look darling in the photo and your page is fantastic! Love it Julee!

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  45. How absolutely beautiful! Whenever cardmaking tends to bore me, I always turn back to my scrapbooking. Somehow, creating in a larger area seems to bring new ideas to my mind. Both are very fulfilling and rewarding, so I'd never give up either one. TFS and have fun!

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  46. Awesome!! Hats off to you--I think it is great that you know when you need a change. I am all about thriving--being the best you can be!! You rock at cardmaking and have been such an inspiration to so many!! Now we know that you rock at scrapin--I look forward to inspiration along the scrapbooking line!!

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  47. Oh WoW!! I never post but I scrapbook and have just found your blog not long ago. I also check everyday. Thanks to you my cards have improved! I'm so glad you did a page... I'm going to try to incorporate more of your sketches into pages. I vote for more pages! lol

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  48. Absolutely gorgeous, and I love that picture! Whatever you decide to do will be incredible I'm sure! Looking forward to reading about your journey : )

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  49. The timing of your post matches my own artistic journey exactly. i've been getting a bit bored and stuck when it comes to card-making and have been diving back into my art journal for a change of pace. i know i'll always make cards - they're quick, fun and easy - but i'm looking to branch out and return to the long list of various crafts i once took part in.
    This is a great page! TFS!

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  50. Love that picture of you and Mr. Verve :D Way to go on branching out too. Looking forward to what you create and share with us :)

    Also enjoy a bit of time off . You've been beyond busy for some time and now! We are loyal Verve followers and won't go anywhere! Blessings as you enjoy delving into new things!

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  51. Scrapbook pages are just larger cards! I started as a scrapbooker and started making cards and loving it. I do both and anything else you can "make", I want to...

    Your page is beautiful, you're well on your way to something else creative and fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. You know, I love your cards and hope you don't ignore them but honey, this page rocks! You definatly have a knack for scrapbooking too! Love it! I have two books to go and can't get my Mojo to start them. Maybe you just helped me start....thanks! By the way, hot husband!

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  53. Wow Julee! This is just gorgeous! I love how this turned out! I have only scrapbooked once and even though I enjoyed it, I failed to try another! Haha! I just need to sit down and try it again!

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  54. Beautiful layout!!! you and Mark look awesome on this LOVELY page!!! great stretch!!!! and what a great way to grow.... love it!

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  55. This a beautiful page. I love it. I do mostly scrapbooking, but make cards also. TFS
    JoAnn B. scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

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  56. Julee there's nothing wrong in wanting to stretch out and do something different.....I enjoy your work regardless of WHERE you take me.

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  57. Julee, this is just beautiful! The photo of you and Mark is SO sweet!

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  58. scrapbook page very appealing and well thought out.love it l.f.little

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  59. OMG! I love this scrapbook page! IT is stunning! There is something as scrapbooker I remember to the cardmakers. "A scrapbook page is just a bigger card. Instead of a main stamped image you use a pictures". That's it!

    You did great! TFS!

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