Happy World Card Making Day, friends!
I hope wherever you are in the world, you’re enjoying this special holiday. Even if it’s just you, your supplies and a little craft space in your basement, know that your fellow card makers are right there with you in spirit. And if you’re looking for some interaction, your online friends are just a click away!
I always think about my best friend on this crafty day. She and I have been friends since the 6th grade, and she shares my passion for scrapbooking, card making and consuming mass quantities of Peanut Butter M&Ms while we engage in the before mentioned activities.
Since we no longer live in the same state, we only get to see each other once or twice a year. Our lives are both busy (she chasing after three rambunctious kids; me chasing after a rambunctious dog), so our correspondence has sadly reverted to texts, e-mails and an occasional Facebook exchange. Lately I’ve been pondering ways to reconnect with her. Good thing our readers are always giving us plenty of inspiration!
Donna Gabard left this comment on the blog last Friday:
“World Card Making Day is a great idea…it helps bring out the creativity in all of us. We just need to come up with a World Card MAILING Day!”
Making cards on World Card Making Day is a given. But how many of us actually mail cards on this day? Then I had my “Aha” moment. Why not make a goal of sending my friend a handmade card each and every month during 2012? Obviously I’ll cover her birthday, but I love the idea of just sending random “thinking of you” cards. It will be like we’re back in junior high and passing notes between classes!
Then came my second “Aha” moment. I’ve s-l-o-w-l-y been assembling my craft room this year. Not only am I trying to tame the mass quantities of product, but I’m also trying to display it in a pretty way. I recently found this black wooden tray at Hobby Lobby. Then I came across these fun sentiment stamps (by Studio G) in the dollar bins at Michaels. At only a $1 a piece, I quickly snatched them up and brought them home. And wouldn’t you know it, my 12 stamps fit perfectly into the twelve slots on the tray!
Then came my third “Aha” moment. I was going through my paper stash and came across Crate Paper’s Portrait collection. I’ve seen it used 100 different ways and I never get tired of looking at it. As I flipped over one of the papers (June), I found these 12 mini calendars staring back at me. And before you know it, I was inking up my 12 stamps and stamping a different sentiment right in the middle of each month. The grid lines on the paper made it super easy to align my stamps!
I then matted each month with kraft cardstock, added a paper clip, some pretty teal ribbon and adhered them to card bases (that each feature a different background paper from the Portrait collection).
Here are my first three cards for January, February and March, 2012:
By keeping the design fairly simple and uniform (not to mention flat), I can pop one in the mail at the beginning of each month. And by having them already made in advance, there’s no anxiety when the next month rolls around and it’s time to send a card. I can’t wait for Project Reconnect to begin!
I’d love to hear your “Aha” moments when it comes to card making and card mailing. Share your ideas, stories, goals and anything else that strikes your fancy on this crafty holiday. Then get busy card making…the mailman will there before you know it!
Happy card making!
P.S. Speaking of card making, I hope each of you has entered our 2011 World Card Making Day Card Contest. We’ll award 20 winners each a prize package valued at more than $1000! The deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11 (the day after Columbus Day), so don’t delay!
P.P.S. I may be the first post on here today, but we have five more coming your way! Yay for World Card Making Day!!