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Four-in-One

Resourcefulness is overrated.

I cranked out a lot of work last weekend to stock up on cards for upcoming birthdays, extra thank you notes, etc. As always, I tailored each design to the recipient I had in mind at the time, but I also dug a little deeper in my “scraps” and found something I could use to create several similar cards:

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A printed blank card I had bought in a set years ago.

So, I split the front and back of the card in two to create four pieces I could work with to make four different, but similar, cards:

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Below are the finished products:

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New Year, New Projects

January has been so busy that February is approaching much faster than expected.

This new year promises to be a good one. Not only am I focused on planning a few trips with some friends, but also I’m looking forward to new opportunities that face my career and my favorite hobby: card making. Soon, I hope to launch a Facebook page to accompany my brand, as well as begin to follow a more consistent blog posting schedule that will cover topics from handmade card ideas and scrapbooking projects to yoga and healthy dining.

Although my Jo-Ann Fabrics excursion this morning covered a few materials I’ll need for yet another grad’s scrapbook gift, I created a collection of various Valentine’s Day cards this afternoon to sell at McKay Bricker in downtown Kent. (I’m excited to share that I sold five cards last month! Baby steps!)

Check out a few of my favorites below:

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Who will be your valentine this year?

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Done and done.

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Approximately 80 cards later, my annual holiday crafting project is complete. My handmade cards have been cut, pasted and embellished – a few have arrived in the mailboxes of their recipients already.

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Just a few more to sign, seal and deliver, and then I’m ready to enjoy the last few days of the year with my friends and family.

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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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