I Am the Dream

I Am the Dream

On Monday, January 21, 2013, like many of you, I watched Barack Hussein Obama sworn into office for a second term as President of the United States.  And as I sat in from of my television, I found myself reciting the end of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise”.

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

As we rise to achieve the fullness of our potential, let us not forget to reach back and lift another.
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Hello Papercrafters and Friends!

Happy New Year and Welcome to my journey! I “dabbled” with scrapbooking for about 10 years. This means I would arrange vacation photos on pages, put down a few simple embellishments, and give it a title. Nothing real artistic or elaborate. Then two years ago, I was introduced to an online group of papercrafters who take scrapbooking and cardmaking to a totally different level!!! Therefore, while I’m not “new” to the craft, I’m definitely a “novice” to artistic papercrafting. This is my journey as a rank beginner who started with a burning desire to learn and very minimal tools — paper, scissors, adhesive, stickers, and a few templates.  I’ll share some of those early works with you.  I’ve now progressed to having favorite tools — my eBosser, thin dies, and Copic markers — and favorite teachers, Suzanne J. Dean and Christina Griffiths.

Please follow me, encourage me, teach me, and even (with gentleness) correct me! And I’ll share the techniques I learn, the crafters who inspire me, and the tools and products that I use.

Thanks for sharing!

This is an example of my Clean & Simple scrapbook style.  Since being introduced to more experienced papercrafters, I've started using "bling".

This is an example of my Clean & Simple scrapbook style. Since being introduced to more experienced papercrafters, I’ve started using “bling”.

My first card. This was also my first use of Stickles, a border punch, Copic markers, and wafer thin dies.

My first card. This was also my first use of Stickles, a border punch, Copic markers, and wafer thin dies.

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