Breaking News! I’m getting rid of some of my stamping stuff! No more tools, limited punches, no more dies, no more Stampin’ Dimensionals, no more Big Shot Machine, oh wait…….April Fools! Can you imagine going back to the days when we didn’t have all of this fun stuff to play with in the stamping world? That’s what my project is based on today. My April Fools joke is going back in time to “un-innovation”. I found the idea by searching on the internet.
I started stamping way back in 1997 when I attended my very first workshop. I was hooked within the very first 5 minutes of the workshop. Did you know Stampin’ Up! started back in 1988? This is the Stampin’ Up! catalog that I would have received at this workshop in 1997:
My kids were still little at the time and I fell in love with the concept of stamping. Boy did I get addicted! I no longer have the very first stamp set and wished I would have kept it now. This is what the stamp set looked like that many years ago. I borrowed this photo that I found while searching for the set Krayola Kids:
I was into scrapbooking at the time and thought this made a great stamp set to use with my kids photo’s. I remember sitting down to stamp and of course didn’t have many products to play with. I wanted more! I needed more! I also remember losing sleep over this hobby of ours because I wanted to get into it so badly. I still have all of my catalogs since 1997 and it’s fun to see how Stampin’ Up! has evolved over the years. They sold other companies stamps for a few years and then started manufacturing their own a few years later.
So here’s a card I made today trying to depict what I would have created all of those years ago without all of the tools we have today and with only a few supplies at hand. We didn’t have a lot of money with my kids being so little so I remember purchasing the stamp set and maybe an ink pad and I used papers from my scrapbooking stash.
For today’s card I chose a lined image stamp set called Love Sparkles that is current to try to show you what I would have come up with using limited supplies and maybe I would have purchased black ink to start off?
This is a plain Jane. No embossing, no die-cuts and simple layers. I did use a Stampin’ Write Marker to add highlights because Stampin’ Up! did have markers way back then. I did notice that there were no Stampin’ Dimensionals at the time……..I could NOT live without our dimensionals!
I hope you enjoyed my post for April Fool’s Day and going down memory lane with me today! I thought I would just have some fun today. Enjoy your day and be careful of the pranks that may be coming your way tomorrow!