Sometimes my best ideas happen when I am being facetious, trying so hard to think out of the box that I try something almost ridiculous! LOL These projects were created with that kind of mindset:



I created this “Go Green” book as a class at Pink Pineapple Scrapbooks–I wanted to go way over the top and use a TON of recycled stuff! It was fun to make and the class sold out. I get requests for kits all the time and have a “new” version in the works ;)



I really don't like this Father's Day mini book I created for a class last year but it sold out, so much so that I had to scramble at the last minute to order more product the day of the last class just to fulfill all the sign-ups! Crazy! I created the book kind of tongue in cheek to mimic the style that I saw as “Prima” at that time and everyone loved it ;) I also was really inspired by Candace McLean at this time and wanted to use a TON of paint on the project. Guess I succeeded, huh? LOL

Surprisingly, these were all huge successes for me, even if I didn't like them all. So when I was asked by Prima to create some project ideas to include in orders from retailers (they slip a nice idea sheet in the boxes that ship from the warehouse) I created from the “silly side” of the brain, a little tongue in cheek, a little bit wondering, “Is this really gonna fly?!”


I used an embroidery hoop as the base of my project, using it to hold a sheet of Prima's new cardstock paper. Then I set to decorating!! All of the flowers started out mostly white and were doused in several layers of spray ink to color them. I used Copic markers to color the Prima Say It In Crystals and Pearls swirl — LOVE Copic!

It was fun to create and the project will soon be featured in those boxes headed out to retailers. Yay! It's always nice to step outside the papercrafting aisle and see if something different strikes your fancy. Gotta step outside my comfort zone and play at the edge (for me at least, this is the edge).

Hope this inspires you to create something out of the box, even if the idea seems silly, far-fetched, or even over the top … it just may be a booming success!

Happy Crafting!!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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