|List of prompts and journal at the ready|
|Light pink paint and wrapping paper elements.|
|Words and a phrase cut from a Sunday supplement.|
I also have a picture of my desk this morning; laptop at the ready for work. I have taken a moment away from preparing lessons to show you my card making journey. The cards that you can see cover a 7 year period from first to last. My middle son celebrated his 22nd birthday this year; top left you can see the card which I made for his 13th birthday, very early on in my crafting journey. I had only been making cards for three months and was trying out my very newly purchased Cricut machine. I can already see progress between that and the card in the middle which was made for his 14th birthday. The composition is more balanced but I was still using toppers and backing papers from a magazine. His 17th birthday card (top right) was a little more adventurous. I am far happier with the bottom two cards (20th and 21st birthdays), as they demonstrate more variety and technique. I hope that I've made even more progress in the 18 months since then; I love getting messy and use far more mixed media these days. The only constant has been my enjoyment of the hobby and my sense of achievement every time that I have given someone a handmade card or gift.