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My Favorite Things


The Artistic Guides here at Stamper’s Quest are a team in every sense. However, being spread out all over the world makes “team building” a bit of a challenge.  In order to get to know one another better, we embarked on an autobiographical fat book project. A fat book is a collaborative creation where each participant creates duplicate pages of one design and sends them off to other collaborators. The end result is a collection of pages by multiple artists that can be bound as a book.

Our theme is “My Favorite Things.” Over the next few months, designers will share their pages so that you, our readers, can also get to know us a little better.  You’ll get a sense of the end result, one page at a time. It’s been fun—and a greater challenge than any of us expected.

The front of the page is decorated according to the artist’s Muse. Mine is almost a scrapbook layout, but I like it. Others may have pockets and tags or lumpy embellishments. Anything goes as long as it fits the autobiographical theme. The backside of the page is our “story;” what we chose as our favorite things and why. 

My story is this:

As a wife, mother, artist, teacher, and athlete, it is virtually impossible to find a “favorite thing.” My favorite thing is LIFE, lived to the full, experiencing everything, and embracing the grand adventure of it all.

My faith is central to my being, so the cross is in a central place on the page.  Life’s adventure would not be nearly so exciting without my family and most of what I do is about them, or for them, or includes them.  

I love to laugh, and I find that when I can laugh about my troubles, they are lightened. After all, 100 years from now I will be dust on this earth, so why worry about things I cannot control?

I am a colorful personality. I recently asked people to describe me in one word and the variety of adjectives was astonishing to me: creative, unique, driven, intense, fun…and on and on. One word that never came up: boring. And I love that! Of course my page has to reflect color and vibrancy!

I love the sentiment stamp that I used on this page because it really does sum up my philosophy: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely…in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather to skid in broadside…thoroughly used up…totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “WOW! What a ride!”

This July issue celebrates all kinds of journeys with the design team theme: The Long and Winding Road.  You'll be inspired to take your imagination on a trip around the world. Of course, our fabulous sketch artist, Regena, adds yet another SQ exclusive to our pages mid-month, and we want to see your interpretations, too!

Stamper's Quest's FIRST anniversary is next month! Be on the lookout for some great contests and give-a-ways to help us celebrate a year of publication!

Enjoy life's journey with Stamper's Quest this month, and be sure to let us know how you're using the ideas and techniques you learn from our talented team!

Awaken your Muse!

Stephanie Loomis


Stamp Credits: “Laughter” Hampton Art; “Life” unknown
Earliest attribution for the quote itself is uncertain, although one source may be Bill McKenna, professional motorcycle racer, Cycle magazine Feb. 1982

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  1. Stephanie what an encouraging and upllifting story. Love the pic of your family and your page layout. Having a good sense of humor and being able to even laugh at yourself at times is a GOOD thing 😉 God bless!