I have a rubber stamp collection that is bordering on the obscene . . . and of all them only one is a stamp that I made myself. (It is a Catalpa leaf and I am proud of it and use it every now and again.) So this spring I am planning on going through the boxes of stamps (yes, plural) and keeping the ones that I use over and over again and setting aside the ones I hardly ever use to sell at the big Old Irving Garage Sale (at Sarah's house) in May.
In fact, I am just loving her blog in general. It's so refreshing to find a new blog, especially one that is about doing thoughtful paper crafts and provides simple and affordable gift ideas. How fun to make customized sticky pads?
And I have often thought that those plain Kraft paper Moleskine journals could be gussied up or personalized a bit to make sweet gifts--see hers in the lower left part of the picture below. Just put a little stamp in the lower right-hand corner and there you go.
And of course, making your own wrapping paper by repeating a stamp is so charming and fun and easy.
I often use rubber stamps to make custom labels and gift tags. It's going to be fun to try them out in a new context. I will try this eraser action out. If it isn't too difficult, maybe I can host a crafty night (or crafternoon) where some friends can come together and we each make one. And then maybe play Bingo. Or watch the Andy Goldsworthy doc. Or make Joseph Cornell-inspired shadow boxes . . . can you tell I am craving doing something creative in a more collective setting?
Oh well, back to reality, time to put Ben to bed. We are all going to the Oriental Institute tomorrow to do some research about Egypt for Sam's big presentation in May. We are even bringing along the video camera . . . so maybe we will have some video to share with you all. Or at least some still images of mummies. Hey, maybe I can take a stab at making a mummy rubber stamp? Hmmmmm.