Friday, July 8, 2011

Crafting up Some Home State Pride

Since my parents are visiting I wanted to make something that represents the place I grew up as well as the place I live now.  All around etsy there are tons of variations on state-pride prints and artworks and jewelry and stickers and.... It's easy enough to make my own, and I have always loved representing my home town or home team (where ever that may be!).

Ahhhh my two loves. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and hated it and loved it at the same time, and I still do. I now live in Connecticut where I mostly love it, except for those multiple months where temperatures drop below 50 degrees.... and mosquitoes, ya those things don't really exist in Phoenix.

My heart definitely belongs in two states at once. When I'm in Connecticut I'm always planning my next trip to Arizona.  And usually the second the plane lands in Phoenix, I'm already missing Connecticut. So this little piece of paper art shows that I can love two things at the same time :) especially if it's popcorn and chocolate, that is a really good food combo right there.

What I Used:
I cut the state outlines, hearts, and 'home' with my Silhouette SD and Making the Cut software.
All papers are DCWV. The Lemon stack, the Glitter stack, and the Safari stack
The first piece I used water colors to splatter the background page.
I used icicle Stickles to glitter up the 'home' lettering
Lettering Delights has a great set of all 50 states

Both of these measure 8.5" x 11" and they will be framed very shortly.  I apologize for the photos. It was difficult for me to get enough light to show off the glitter sparkles without shining on the metallic paper. I'm sure you get the idea, though :)

What state does your heart belong to?

<3 RWK
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  1. Very creative project! Love your state outlines. My two would have to be SC, I was born and raised in SC and still live here, and my second would be Florida because I went to school there and still visit friends there every year.

  2. Very cute project. I'm from CT also. Central part.

  3. This is so cute! I've always lived in California, and I love it and don't love it all at the same time! I'm here from the Made it Myself Monday, and I'm a new follower! :)

  4. Hi Rachel, I love how you used the two states for the layout. I am torn between Canada and Taiwan (where I'm from). So I can relate to how you feel! What a great idea to make a scrapbook page!

  5. fun! I've got some state lovin' on my blog too =)

  6. This is so special! I can walk down Main St to the hospital I was born in so I really cannot relate but my husband is a another story. He is happy here but longs for home all at the same time! They are lovely pieces of art and popcorn and chocolate sounds delish right now! I need to go hit the cupboards to see what I have!! :) Amber

  7. Cute idea for a layout! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower. Thanks for the nice comment you left me!

  8. Rachel Your creation is nostalgic! Yeah I still call my childhood place as home!

  9. LOVE your states LO and loved reading your post! ! I'm Swedish, but when in the US my heart belongs to Massachussets - after a year as an Au Pair in Lexington (20 years ago 0-:) I'm just in love with Boston and the rest of the state.

  10. This is so cute. I live in Tucson, AZ and I understand your love-hate relationship. I haven't lived here too long but I love some parts and other not so much. Like the summer heat but winter is awesome!!!
    I am following you now.