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For the Love of Simplicity

It was February 2007, my junior year of high school, when I recall an unexpected crafty lecture from my pre-calculus teacher.

Back then, numbers were more my thing, but a late afternoon lesson on formulas and processes I guarantee have escaped my memory ever since often failed to retain my interest and attention.

So, naturally, when my teacher digressed from mathematical equations to explain a simple method for making Valentines, I neglected my doodling and tuned in.

As monotone as his voice could be, his short demonstration intrigued me. How could my pre-calc teacher remotely know anything about handmade cards? By that time I had quite a few Christmas card designs under my belt, as well as countless birthday cards thrown into the mix, so clearly I knew what I was talking about when it came to paper crafting. But to a point, as it turns out, my teacher packed a few tricks of the trade up his sleeve as well.

Folded Heart Valentines

1. Grab a piece of red or pink paper. Fold it in half.

pink paper

2. Use a pair of scissors to cut a half-heart shape into the folded paper, starting and ending your cut along the fold. 

cutting heart shape on pink paper

3. Discard the scraps. Unfold your paper heart, sign your name and voila! Behold your simple Valentine and deliver it to your loved one.

folded heart card: "Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Lindsay"

I remember laughing about that “lesson” at the time, but also feeling relieved to enjoy a break from pre-calc on a random afternoon. Although my teacher’s Valentine idea was rather simple compared to handmade card designs I had created before, I’ve realized that sometimes simplicity is all you need to brighten someone’s day.

As Valentine’s Day approaches toward the end of this week, I look forward to my next visit to McKay Bricker to check whether my Valentine’s Day cards have been a hit with the shoppers of Kent. In the meantime, I’ll shamelessly indulge in The Bachelor‘s dramatic “love stories” this evening with some friends.

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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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The Cards of Christmas’ Past

past holiday cardsI knew I kept those extra Christmas cards for a reason.

The other day, I sifted through handmade cards I had created as long as six or seven years ago. It was interesting to see how my designs and materials have changed since then, how my cards have improved and how my creativity had puckered out, in some cases.

Although these cards represent extras I made – or had forgotten to send to certain people – I figured why not reuse them to create something new?

First, I cropped the front of each card to avoid sloppy handwriting or messages I had written inside. Then, I pasted the design onto a new blank card that fits the envelopes I have on stock. cropping a card

I also used extra stamped pieces from one of the designs I created last year to quickly put together a few additional cards.

Christmas stamps

Yesterday I delivered my new Christmas creations to McKay Bricker Framing in downtown Kent to see whether they’d like to sell more of my cards this holiday season. I noticed a few of my other designs I had dropped off last month still sat on the shelves among dozens of other artists’ handmade cards, but the employee I talked to said he’d try to find an extra stand to display my Christmas cards alongside other holiday designs. The handmade card nerd in me is excited to have my own display stand.

Yet, the procrastinator in me has yet to start this year’s Christmas card collection. Surprised?

2008 Christmas card

Perhaps while I’m resting from multiple Turkey Day feasts next weekend I’ll gather the energy to get started. Until then, here’s to hoping more early bird Christmas card shoppers scope out the local scene these next few weeks for their 2012 holiday greetings – or early 2000s designs in disguise.

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