I may not be sharing a whole lot of papercrafting as of late, but it is something that has made me smile for the last seventeen years, since I first visited a rubber stamping store that I later worked at.
One of my favorite December traditions is coming up very soon...
Come December 1st is Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas!
Papercrafting, stamping, mixed media, inky joy is sprinkled all around during those twelve days. Quite literally, I find myself on a high every night I can stay up 'til 12:01 a.m., when he posts the next day's tag or first thing in the morning if sleep found me before the clock ticked past midnight.
But, that joy isn't just for me! In addition to all of Tim's great fans around the globe, I happen to have one little one right here with me. My wee girl (she's probably officially not 'wee' anymore, but I still think of her that way!) adores Tim and all his creative creations.
She begs to watch "Mr. Tim's" videos on YouTube and to see what inky, painty, stampy tag he has created for her today (okay, okay, so maybe not for her...but, don't tell her that! ;>). Her eyes widen and glisten with sheer delight.
"Mom! He has paint! Ink! Look at his hands!" That last bit would be in reference to his stamper's manicure which she knows I always love to see on my own hands...because it means I found time to create - hands on.
Sometimes creativity is simply something I enjoy for myself or with my girl. Sometimes creativity is put to use for others. One round of Tim's tags inspired me to make sets of Christmas tags for my son's teachers' gifts. Practical and creative!
Whether paper or stamps or paint or ink or altered items or the holidays bring you delight, I do hope you find the time to bring a little creativity to your days in this busy, chaotic, fun, joyful month that will arrive on our doorsteps in just a few short days.
I know where I'll be heading to recharge my creative batteries for at least twelve of those days.
What about you?