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Two Cents: An ATC the Change Series

26 Jul

ATC the Change turned 1 yesterday, and over the past few months it has turned into my second favorite hobby. When I first got into making traditional Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) over three years ago, I instantly loved how a little bit went a long way as each canvas is just 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Creating Change Cards has made my feelings grow even deeper because now ATCs aren’t just small pieces of artwork, but something with big meaning. I’ll think of a phrase (or stumble upon it somehow), and then pick out scrapbook paper and embellishments like stamps &/or washi tape that play off it well. For example, when I wanted to make Change Cards with Queen lyrics (or mild variations of them), I knew a sheet of scrapbook paper I had would be perfect…

Why did I make ATCs with Queen lyrics? Because Gabe and I saw them in concert with Adam Lamber last Thursday(!), and I wanted Change Cards to leave to and from and maybe even there. I didn’t manage to leave any at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but I still left ’em in that neck of the woods, mainly in and around our hotel room like in these pictures:

In between making those ATCs and then seeing Queen and Adam Lambert in concert, highlights from the cause this past month included…

1. These snail mail-friendly ATCs I made:

2. Putting my scraps from the past several months to use to make over 20 more Change Cards.

And 3. Starting to make a handful of sets I’m going to sell for $5 a pop. The hope is that more people will leave ATCs as RAOKs if they didn’t have to make ’em themselves. *Fingers crossed*

With Logan starting first grade in a few weeks, I imagine I’ll be even more productive in August yet! My plan for this new series is to use it as my place for Show & Tell on the last Wednesday of every month, so tune in on August 30th for more of my Two Cents about ATC the Change.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

A Year of Change

5 Jul

If you came to this blog post eager to find out what changes I’ve been making in my life, this isn’t a post about resolutions, but rather a revolution.

You see, ATC the Change turns 1 this month. If you’re new to this blog of mine, last July I shared the “origin story” about how one night Sarah wanted to start a movement where people told each other words of encouragement, and I suggested people do so on ATCs. Since then, we’ve taken that inch of an idea and ran a mile with it. This old blog post showed you what all I accomplished during the first month or so, and it’s about time I catch you up on this endeavor again… at least my side of it.

September:

Sarah, the cofounder and my pen pal, visited me over Labor Day weekend. Among our festivities we not only made a couple dozen Change cards, but we left a bunch, too! Sharon also started making/ leaving ATCs for the cause– remember her, she’ll be important.

October:

I started the month with a goal to use 10 phrases by the 10th (that I met!). By the 25th I sent a lot of ATCs to Sarah and still had all of these to abandon with love:

November:

The election and its aftermath had us feeling pretty low, so much so I wanted to make daily Change Cards, but only made a couple batches. My favorite quote from that time? “Worry is like a rocking chair. It’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”

December:

Though I made ATCs with a 2016 calendar and an old notebook cover (see below), the lull seemed to continue.

January:

Despite the new year, things were rather anticlimactic with one neat exception: a waitress received two ATCs that Sarah had and joined our group the following morning, hehe.

February:

Still a lot of crickets, but I did have a couple ATCS to take with me when my mom and I went to celebrate my 30th birthday!

March:

It was on the 23rd that I posted that the desire to make ATCs was (slowly) coming back, because until this I was only making Little Cards anymore. By the 28th I had 13 Change Cards to abandon like this Alice one I left at Mad Hatter Bistro:

April:

It was in this month that I found that when I knew I’d be going somewhere– like Barnes & Noble with my mom– it was so much easier to make ATCs with those outings in mind.

May:

With that epiphany in mind, I turned 1 piece of scrapbook paper into 9 Change Cards to take with me to Saginaw, posting my progress as I made them. Seeing this mot only renewed Sharon’s interest, but inspired her to talk to the administrator of a regular ATC group about me advertising ATC the Change. I did so, and we successfully breathed new life into the group.

June:

I brought back the weekly phrases for those who wanted the inspiration. Meanwhile I was inspired to A) make a plethora of kid-friendly cards to take places like VBS, B) break in my Zodiac pad of scrapbook paper and dust off my stash of washi tape, C) turn ATCs that never traded into Change Cards (see picture), and I even D) made a printable for participants to attach to the backs of cards if they wanted to include information about the cause. I should mention I left about 30 cards 😉

July:

We may only be 5 days in, but so far I’ve left 11 ATCs, gave my mom 12 to take to Philly with her soon, and have 8 to give to the family who recently found one of my cards and joined the group!

The past year of ATC the Change summed up in a phrase: “Success is not a straight line, but a wild ride.” 😉

I am so grateful to have been a part of this from the ground up, and I know now it will only keep going up from here! When July is closer to an end and ATC the Change is officially 1, I will tell you (and show you) more of what I’ve been up to. Of course in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram– sincerelykaterz– or even join our Facebook group, ATC the Change.

It may not be easy to change the world or even just your town, but it can be easy to throw love like confetti. And with a lot of luck and determination– just like actual confetti– that stuff will get everywhere.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Back from the Grave

8 Oct

I meant to post on Wednesday, but I was at a bit of a loss regarding what I wanted to write about. I still sort of am, but I realized it’s more because I had multiple topics swirling around in my head that I was kept from landing on anything. So, for one night only, I’m bringing back my Not-so-Mad Tea Parties— my version of the “If We Were Having Coffee” posts I did back in 2014. It is October, so what better time to bring something back from the dead?

The first thing I wanted to acknowledge is that Nancy, our mail carrier, recently retired. I have heard on multiple occasions how much she loved us and our mailbox, and the feeling was and is mutual. Considering what a lifeline pen palling has been for me, to have a mail carrier who’d stop even when I didn’t have incoming mail– and who was genuinely concerned when I didn’t have outgoing for a few days in January– meant the world to me. She delivered the retirement news to me in person, and it was such a bittersweet moment. Though she has undoubtedly earned herself a break, I’m worried her replacement will find my mailbox more annoying than adorable. *Fingers crossed*

Speaking of annoying, I am still tending to my “Posse Problem” from last month. I have sent postcards to everyone in my Postcard Posse who isn’t also a pen pal, asking them to each send me a postcard if they wanted to remain a member, and now I’m waiting for them to trickle in. I know it’s “snail mail,” but this has been slower than I anticipated. Unless, of course, I’m not going to hear from everyone. Sad, though finding out if people are still genuinely interested is the point. When October is over, I’ll consider my waiting period over, too.

But enough about postcards, and more about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)! First! Little Cards on Big Adventures is officially a year old! It was in October of last year that myself and Jenn announced Orange and Halloween Movies as our first themes, and now Dia de los Muertos and Disney Villains are our 25th and 26th ones. Second! ATC the Change is alive and well. Sure, I probably have made more cards for the cause than everyone else combined, but just the fact that there are people who get what Sarah and I want to do, and are trying to help us do it, is what ATC the Change is all about. Though Gabe may tell you it’s about trying to embarrass him– he can’t take me ANYWHERE without me leaving an ATC behind. There are way more pictures than this (you can follow sincerelykaterz on Instagram), but here are some from the last four times we ate out anywhere:

The boys, by the way, have been doing well. Gabe’s keeping busy with fall harvest, and Logan kindergarten. The little viking has been doing just fine in school, though given how well he performed in preschool last year, I’m not really surprised. I actually need to start being careful when I write around him because he’s picking sight words and whatnot up quick, hehe. I’ll have to teach him “ninja” since that’s what he’d like to be for Halloween again this year. Yay for getting more use out of the costume! We can put that money towards his ever-growing Christmas list, haha.

I have a list of my own… shows I’m watching this fall! American Horror Story: Roanoke has been my favorite so far, and How to Get Away with Murder is a close second. Jane the Virgin remains the premiere I’m dying for the most, while This is Us has been the most Kate-friendly pilot. As for misses, I’m losing interest in Quantico, and honestly I feel as though Once Upon a Time has lost a lost of its spark as well. At least I can still count on The Big Bang Theory and Hell’s Kitchen for their silly antics.

Well, I think I’m out of ideas now, haha, so cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

I Can ATC the Change

16 Aug

Since sharing the origin story behind the group ATC the Change, I have made a bunch of ATCs for the cause. I made at least two ATCs for every weekly phrase Sarah posted, and I used some other phrases I adore, too– here is a hodge podge of both:

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The pictures I really want to show you, though, are the ones that have been left for people to find!

Here are the four from July:

And here’s what I was up to this past weekend while Logan and I were out and about with my mom:

There are other ATCs I have left behind (including two I gave to my mother to use), equaling 15 ATCs of mine currently out in the universe. More if you count the ones I donated to Sarah’s arsenal since I wanted her to have a plethora to use, as this movement in the making wouldn’t exist without her.

So far, the trickiest part for me has been leaving them somewhere nonchalantly enough that someone won’t notice me doing what I’m doing, especially since I’ve been snapping pictures while I’m at it. Tables and bathrooms have definitely been the easiest way to go, though I’m also a fan of hiding them in libraries. I haven’t been caught yet, though I have gotten some eye rolls out of the husband and one of his aunts, hehe.

I’m definitely looking forward to spreading more kindness like confetti, especially while Sarah is visiting me over Labor Day weekend. I hope whoever finds the ATCs, whether they were made by us or by people helping our cause, is touched by the words we left for them!

Have suggestions for phrases you think we should use? By all means leave them in the comments!

Take care, bleaders! And remember, you can shine no matter what you’re made of.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

ATC the Change

27 Jul

The other night I woke up to messages from Sarah, my newest pen pal and confidant.

“The world is so hell-bent on breaking people down after they’ve finally built up enough to be okay… I want to start something that gets people building others up.”

“…I want to start a revolution–or something– where we, as humans, can tell others they’re pretty without being judged. Tell someone to keep on keeping on. Tell some stranger we are proud of them for getting out of bed because we know how hard it is anymore. Tell people they are worth something. That even if they are having a bad day, good days will be coming their way!”

My 1:04am response to the Gospel According to Sarah? “Perhaps you can make up ATCs with some sort of phrase. You can hand them out, or leave them places for people to find.”

Sarah liked the idea, and soon after we were officially up and at’em, “ATC the Change” was very much underway. I suggested a Facebook group and weekly phrases to provide inspiration to whoever decided to spread the love with us. While she made the group, I started making a plethora of ATCs!

Some of my favorites:

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ATC the Change is rather simple. You can either use the phrases Sarah provides or your own positive messages and create ATCs with “#ATCtheChange” written on the back. Once the ATCs are made, they can be left somewhere for someone to find– tucked inside a library book, for example. Should pictures of the covert missions be posted in the group, Sarah will enter the person responsible in a monthly raffle. She really just wants to spread the love, even to those who help her!

Think you’d like to make ATCs that could make someone else’s day? Join Sarah and I at ATC the Change!

Please and thank you!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~