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Old 09-06-2019, 09:16 AM   #41
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My design process is a mix. I'm rusty starting out, so I like to begin with a sketch or color challenge, the hardest design components for me. As I get deeper into my crafting session, it's easier to come up with my own designs. I LOVE the challenges here on SCS and I also enjoy a magazine called Scrapbook & Cards Today. The magazine has wonderful ideas and a section of PageMaps and CardMaps that I use frequently.

So glad you mentioned this magazine! I thought Rubber Stamp Madness was the only one left. I just subscribed to Scrapbook & Cards Today, which seems like a totally different style so I should have loads of inspiration swirling around! I use and enjoy pinterest, but I love the portability of magazines and the fact that I can use them when our crummy rural internet is not working.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:21 AM   #42
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I thought I'd throw a thought out into the discussion. I have some pictures of cards from catalogs that I thought were idea-generators for me that are stacked in a small box. Lately I have been pulling a couple of them out (whatever might strike my fancy...or just a random one) and then making a card inspired by one or the other. I don't usually have the exact stamps or whatever, but I take my style and my stamps and make something similar. I get cards done this way and I don't agonize over what to make. My cards don't take anywhere near as long this way.

I love to do this, too. I get to enjoy the magazine/catalog again as I look thru and stick post-its on the pages with ideas I want to try. Then I leave it on my desk for when I need a quick bit of inspiration. Right now I'm using some that are 15 years old! I have fun putting my own spin on things using different/newer supplies and then pass the magazine on to others in my stamp group.
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It takes 2 hours or more for me to make a special card completely suited to a loved one. I once timed making a very simple black and white card assembly line method so I could really cut the time down as much as possible. It took more than 15 minutes per card. I seldom do simple cards so I believe 30 to 45 minutes is average for me to make a routine card that isn't special.
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It can take me anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks! I find it just depends on my memory..."Oh no, it's sisters b'day", card is ready to mail the next day! Christmas takes me the longest because I start abut 6-8 weeks ahead and mail maybe 2 weeks before Xmas. If I have a large project like when I made my daughters baby shower invitations it took me over a month. Whew!
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