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Shear Perfection?

Sometimes my paper cutter and I don’t get along.

I’ll admit, it’s probably about that time to replace the blade for a sharper one. The current one has survived a huge batch of Christmas cards and then some.

20130303-214226.jpgHowever, I can’t help but be irritated when the blade snags the edge of the paper, neglects to complete a clean cut or merely perforates the edge.

The good news: With a bit of extra thought and creativity, you can cover up the little rips and tears you suffer from using a crummy blade.

For example, I added a bit extra to this birthday card in the effort to cover up a tear on one edge of the card stock I used for a border:

I didn’t want to show a mistake on the final product, but I didn’t want to put the card to waste and start over, either.

Good as new! I hadn’t planned on going with that particular design when I started creating the card, but I think it works.

Have you ever had to try a new direction with a project because the original design didn’t go as planned? Share your quick scrapping fixes in the comments below!


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Greetings on stock

Here are a few handmade cards I completed a few weeks ago. Looking outside at the falling snow makes me wish it was Mother’s Day already because that would mean it was May!


belated birthday card

A belated birthday card. ("Surprise! Thought I forgot about you?")











18th birthday card

My brother's 18th birthday card (Inside: "Wait until you're 80.")











Mother’s Day

Mother's Day card

If only there were flowers on the ground now, not snow.














graduation card

I'm not the only one graduating this spring.









Thank You

thank you card











Just Because

just because card

I love this stamp!

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What handmade means to you

I made my first “In Sympathy” card this weekend for a family friend whose father passed away last week. Although I think handmade cards always mean more than store bought cards, I felt more caring and generous as I made the “In Sympathy” card. The

Has anyone else ever felt the same way while making cards for several different purposes?

I’m curious about others’ approaches to card making. Like scrapbooks, handmade cards have special meanings to those who make and receive them. The creators don’t spend all that time crafting each detail for nothing.

I find myself thinking about a birthday celebration with the person to receive the birthday card I’m creating as I find papers, embellishments and other materials to use for the card. What is that person like? What are his or her favorite colors? How would he or she celebrate a birthday? Christmas? What does he or she find most comforting?

The same goes for holiday cards. Lately I’ve tried to use similar designs for many cards to avoid the stress of creating one-of-a-kind cards; however, I often think about who will receive each individual card and its design/color scheme/message beforehand.

Think about the moment the recipient opens your card as well. Would he or she rather receive a funny store bought card or a cute, sentimental handmade card? How do you feel when you receive a birthday or holiday card? Does it depend on who gives you the card and for which purpose?

Another question: Do you make cards for specific people based on their interests and personalities? Or do you make mass quantities of cards and pick from the stock pile when your friends’ and family members’ birthdays come along?

I’m constantly thinking about ways to improve my card making approach, so any and all suggestions are welcome!

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Simple treasures

Birthday card with sunflower stamp, yellow card stockThe other day I found yet even more card stock I didn’t remember bringing to Kent. This was the perfect discovery since I had just decided to make the time to actually scrapbook a page.

I almost forgot how rewarding it is to finish a layout. I love cropping the photos, mounting them on patterned paper and colored card stock and then adding embellishments.

I particularly enjoy looking through my supplies, coordinating items for my page and sifting through buried ribbons and stickers I’ve forgotten. It’s great to find a new, old treasure.

What’s your favorite scrapbooking find? Which treasures have you found at the store or within your own supplies?

Of course I allotted some time to make some cards this week as well; also rewarding, but more in the sense I’ve finished them a few weeks before Father’s Day rather than a few days before.

Check out the “My Work” page to see photos of cards I’ve created recently.

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