Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Let Your Own Crafting Light Shine!
If you hop around in Blog Land, including here, you'll find cards and paper-craft projects of all sorts of styles and levels of complexity. As an artist and paper-crafter, I find all of the many variations to be feasts for my eyes that I could dine on for days (if not years!) at a time. Recently, in talking with a friend about this, she commented that she never felt comfortable sharing her work publicly, because her style is, in her words, "too simple." She creates cards from Scripture verses, with little to no other embellishment. I was struck speechless that she felt that her cards weren't worth sharing! First of all, how naturally beautiful is the Lord's word, and by extension, any project that features it? Yes, it can be fun to embellish one's Scripture-based projects, as many on our team and throughout the paper-craft community do, but in my mind, the Lord's word stands quite beautifully on its own! Second, who is to say that "simple" is a bad thing? There are whole blogs dedicated to "CAS" (clean and simple) projects. Obviously, there are many crafters (including me, although it is not my personal style) who appreciate this.
For today's share we have what I consider a perfect example of the point I'm trying to make here. Designer Zella Turley created this card using a verse that is included in the "Light of His Love" set (Psalm 136: 3-9 KJV). Zella simply framed the verse, added a little coordinating ribbon, and voila! -- a truly gorgeous card!
Do I consider this card any less beautiful than, say, the challenge inspiration cards shared here yesterday, each of which was more complex in design? Absolutely not! Bottom line, whatever your crafting style, don't judge yourself by the work of others. God made each of us unique, and that uniqueness is bound to carry through in your crafting. Whatever your style, don't hide it -- let your crafting light shine! You never know who you're going to bless with your crafting, and that's what it's all about, after all. :-)