PREVIEW: How to Create Scrap Strip Beauties – s06e05

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If you’ve been creating anything for longer than a few days, I can guarantee that you’ve got scraps and lots of them! In this class you’ll learn how to recycle and combine those leftover fabric or paper scraps into fun Scrap Strip Beauties that add the perfect touch to so many projects.

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I intend to create these posts from a somewhat timeless point of view. However, as I write in the autumn of 2020, our world has experienced what seems like endless turmoil for months. There’s just no denying it. I could choose all kinds of adjectives and metaphors to describe my own personal journey through this experience, and some of you might relate while others would describe the saga very differently.

It’s been a pretty scrappy year so far. We’ve each transformed very abruptly from freedom to restriction - for our own good, right? We’ve each moved through so many emotions; doubt, disbelief, shock, fear, denial, and then we have the question with no answer; “When will this be over?” Everything as we knew it feels so fragmented now; scrappy.

Contemplating ALL of this has caused me to reflect on my “stuff” - emotional and physical. It’s probably because I’m in this one space more than ever before and I can’t easily ignore my head at the moment! 😉

In this space, like many of you, I have loads of accumulated fabrics and papers. They are beautiful and stimulating as I imagine what to create with them. When inspiration strikes, I get busy. Sometimes I work on a new class and sometimes I’m content to explore and enjoy the creative process.

I’ve realized at the moment just how much I appreciate the small things like all the pretty scrap bits and pieces. I love them but they certainly pile up and overwhelm my space if left untouched for a while.

Recently, as I was sorting my seemingly endless colorful scraps, I began ruminating about the world outside my door. Does that ever happen to you? For me, mindless tasks equal wandering thoughts.

Questions pop up. Worries seem larger than ever. What can I do about what’s happening “out there”? What can I do about what’s happening “in here”? It gets pretty daunting, doesn’t it?

So, I decided it was time to do something. I hope you’ll join me on my creative excursion. Let’s transform some stuff. Let’s just create for the sake of creating. Let’s embrace these moments in our lives and use them to breathe and allow. Let’s let go with the flow and just see what happens. Bit by bit, action by action we can possibly lessen the overwhelming emotions. We will find beauty and joy as the scraps in front of us transform.

I bet our wandering minds will take us to some interesting places, too. Let it wander. Let it be just for a while as we create beauty out of scraps. It’s pretty awesome to create something out of nothing.

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I’ll see you soon.

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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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