Why did I buy my machine?

In the middle of wedding prep, we decided to make almost everything… including invitations. We printed them all then we had to cut them out with an X-Acto Knife… well my (then) fiance had to do that ūüėČ and I glue them all together. They looked how I wanted but it was very tedious.

Once I heard out about a Silhouette Cameo I knew it would be so helpful to make other things for our wedding like the Mr & Mrs signs for the back of our chairs, the favor/seating chart and our guestbook.

Guestbook

I wanted our guestbook to be something usable that I could display. I cut out little hearts and lined them up with a the purple heart says:

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I made the entire guestbook with my machine. After our wedding I fell in love with all the possibilities!

Then I found I could make shirts by making stencils and using fabric paint. The ‘My 1st Presidents Day’ t-shirt for my nephew was the first project I made this way.

Using stencils was fun (and messy) until I came across iron-on decals. I could cut a design and simply iron it on the shirt instead of making a big mess with the stencil.

Once I discovered the iron-on decals, baby bodysuits became my favorite! At the time all of my friends started having babies and I love to make homemade presents for shower gifts, so it was perfect timing!

I started getting a few requests from people to make things then I decided to open my Etsy shop on the side. And once I had my daughter and became a stay at home mom, I decided to make it more full time!

I’ve learned a lot from those wedding decorating days! Lots of tricks and tips that I will share with you soon! So stay tuned, my friend!

Finding Your Creative Side

Paint and paint brushes

Do you remember when you were little and creativity flowed from your brain without any restriction? You could think up the coolest thing and it never seemed like it was completely crazy. Man, I miss those days! As we grow our creative muscles seem to disappear and rational thoughts come in stronger. I love the creativity and imagination we have as children. It’s so fun to see my daughter coming into that season.

Have you ever heard of Odyssey of the Mind? It’s a creative competition for students, from kindergarten to college, where a team of 5-7 kids make a play (including script, backdrops, props & costumes) to solve a number of problems. It’s a great way for kids to think out of the box.

Well, I competed in Odyssey of the Mind almost my entire elementary, middle and high school life. It was so much fun for me and it really made me appreciate creativity. I’m so thankful for my parents who were involved the whole time my sisters and I competed. They encouraged us to think out of the box constantly especially when we came across something that stumped us. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used my problem solving skills that I’ve obtained while I was involved in Odyssey of the Mind.¬†I can’t wait for my kids to give it a try and I would love to be a coach like my parents were.

We can use creativity everywhere in life. Just being a mom, I’m always trying to create fun new games to play or even ways to get them to eat their dinner. I use it in my business too, creating blog posts or posting on social media. But I use creativity the most when I’m making new designs for my Etsy shop. When I think through a lot of different designs, fonts and layouts, it’s so helpful for me to think outside of the box.

Sometimes creativity doesn’t come easy so I wrote a few tips that may help you get creative:

  1. Do some coloring – Just a simple child’s coloring book or even a fun adult coloring book can help!
  2. Go for a walk outside- Clearing out your head and allows you to think of new ideas.
  3. Write down your thoughts – Getting pen to paper and just write anything and everything you can think of can help unload your brain to allow the creative juices flowing.
  4. Unplug your electronics – Turn your phone off, put it in airplane mode or even in another room to allow you to focus.
  5. Do something you love – None of these work for you? Pick something YOU do to relax and clear your head!

The biggest thing with creativity is not to give up, sometimes it takes a while to get going but I can guarantee once you get there you’ll be happy you stuck with it!

How do you use your creative muscles?

Finding Your Creative Side