Monday, July 14, 2008

Tags My Style!

In two weeks from Sunday, Bubba and I are leaving for Utah so I can attend Stampin' Up!'s Convention. I am truly psyched. It reminds me of those Girl Scout trips I used to take. FYI: Bubba will not be attending convention, just hanging out in Salt Lake City.

At Convention, we receive a bag and knowing me, I'd get it confused with everyone else's! I had been thinking about making luggage tags for some of my bags, since my collection has grown in the past year, but never got around to it. On splitcoaststampers.com, there are weekly challenges to try new ideas, techniques, colors, card sketches, etc. There are also demonstrator challenges. July 11th's Demonstrator Challenge was to make bag tags. Finally, the push I needed to get it started. So, Saturday night, while listening to Old Time Radio, I worked on these:



I wanted my info to show up, so I used my Stampin' Up! Journaling fonts to create the name and info. I trimmed that out and decided where to go from there. I love purple, so I played around for a long time with the elegant eggplant one and the Lily Pad Wheel (if it retires this month, I'm keeping it). It's cool and matches my display board. I plan to put this one on my business bag.

The left one took more time. I didn't want to use the wheel again, it was awkward to design around, so I thought and I thought and I thought. I needed petals to make a lily. Finally, I thought of the 5-petal punch, a recent acquisition, and got to work making it look lilyish. I think I succeeded, but still think it needs something else. Be sure to stay tuned if inspiration ever strikes on that one!

I've been asked at many events, why my Stampin' Up! stuff is Lily Ink Pad or Lily's Ink Pad and today seems like a good day to explain it. As a kid, I loved summer camp. As Girl Scout from grade 3 through life, I spent every summer until I was 24 at camp. As soon as I could be a junior counselor, I signed up. I then became a Day Camp Program Director. In college, I branched out to a Resident Camp called Camp Lakamaga. For all of those years, during those special times, I was called Lily as my camp name. I love Lily of the Valley flowers and was born in May. Thus, Lily. When I first became a demonstrator, I had just gotten the Lily Pad Wheel and thought it was a natural fit. So there you go.

Happy Stamping!

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