The connections that I have to people really have made a profound difference in how I feel about myself. Whether it’s the random compliment from an online acquaintance that lifts my mood for the day or the interactions I have with the local folks as I go through my daily routine in our small town of Denton, Maryland, I feel good about being me.

As I was trying to work through my thoughts on being creative and making a career that I love, it occurred to me that besides writing, I spend a lot of time on paper crafts. It’s my “thing”. Suddenly I had an excuse to prove my making abilities to myself and strengthen the connections I’ve already made both here and afar. At the same time. I had a birthday card or two to make as well.

Paper crafting in progress on paper connections on

So I conceived of two “projects” to keep me creating and inspired. This one was a card making and snail mailing project to my online friends and connections. And the second part of my Paper Connections two-part blog post will be all about a pre-holiday paper crafting party.  Here’s some of what I took pictures of my cards in process of creation and appreciation before I sent them on their way to their wonderful new owners.

birthday card for paper connections on
birthday card for paper connections on

And here’s what happened when my fabulous and creative Instagram friends received their cards in their Canadian mailboxes.

cards reatyled from paper connections on

Instagram is a very visual realm and so I am always inspired by the art work of these two women and the camaraderie that spills over during visits to each others’ feeds. And especially during theme prompted posting challenges. I have really become fond of these people and I consider them friends truly. So here’s to creation and gratitude and inspiration to continue this creative streak into the New Year and to setting up that Etsy store I keep putting off. Next up is Paper connections : Nearby, a post about my crafty party.

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  1. What a lovely surprise to see this Shalagh! As was the wonderful day your Paper Connection card arrived in my mail box. I adore my George Sand card with your beautiful design of cut-out chairs and papers. I wish you lots of creative time in 2015! (And hopefully I’ll get my snail-mail replies off to you.) I too am so glad for the creative friends Instagram has brought me this year. xo

    • I wish you the inspiration Dawn that you gave me. Can’t wait to see what you send. And I am equally grateful as this piece is a testament.
      Merry Christmas!

  2. Those map chairs are gorgeous. I love the layers of color. Beautiful!

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