My alter ego, Hand & Soul Studios has quietly reopened for business. Originally, my plan was to build up a huge inventory and have a grand, stuffed-to-the-brim reopening but I'm really more of a little-bit-at-a-time gal. The latter approach fits my life much better.
Anyhoo, new in the shop is some hand-carved goodness, perfect for visual journaling. In fact, I developed this little line of images a couple months back after much online searching for vintage stationery items to use in my journals. I was frustrated by runaway auction prices and limited availability and finally declared "Vintage Smintage! I'm going to make my own!" And that's precisely what I did.
I love using these stamps in my journal. I can print them in traditional Dennison red or coordinate the label color however my wee heart desires. I typically stamp on sticky paper that's been aged with a little golden-colored ink. And if I mess up while writing or printing on the label? Not a problem! I just make another! And I happen to think these "labels" feel a little bit more personal than pre-fab ephemera.
Once I did labels, I decided I needed hand-carved numbers and that led to experimenting with other label ideas. And once I made myself a set, I began to wonder if other people might be interested in such a thing. So I carved and carved and today, I published the listings at my Etsy shop to test the waters. I invite you to pop in over there and check things out.