Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thank you.

Today I was busily checking things off my to-do list and feeling very productive. Entertaining the baby and doing laundry and cleaning up the mess from my last project and feeding the baby and cleaning the baby and entertaining the baby and you get the idea. Well, that all lasted until I got to #7 on my list, thank you notes. Yes, thank you notes have the power to completely derail my productive day.

In my defense, the people receiving these cards are such amazing people that I have had to write them dozens of notes over the years. They have already seen all of my stationery. These folks deserve handmade for all of their wonderfulness and who am I to deny them?

I have this floral paper that I love, but I never use because the print in so large it is hard to find things to do with it. Not so today! I decided to cut out some of the flowers and adorn my cards with them. I also pulled out a few pieces of scrap *high five* cover weight paper for the card base. I cut down the paper to make one folded card and one flat card.

Originally, I thought that the yellow would look nice against my green background so I cut a small border of yellow around the flower. I am glad that I decided to make sure before cutting all of the pieces. I didn't like the look, so I cut it off.

This paper is white core, so to give it a more finished look I ran a Sharpie around the edges. I know what you are thinking. What if your outline isn't black? Luckily, Sharpie has a large array of colors and if you don't have a set you should drop everything you are doing to go buy some. (Disclaimer: If you have ambulatory children, you must keep your Sharpies under lock and key when not in use. I can not be held responsible for the trouble the Sharpie gremlins will create with your children should they be left unsupervised. The Sharpie gremlins are extremely mischievous).

After cutting out and cleaning up all of my pieces, I ran them through my trusty sticker maker.

After settling on the placement of the pieces, I attached the flowers to the cards and penned a greeting on the folded card.

I love how they turned out. I wish I had the time and patience to make all of my snail mail correspondence look this way.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

'Necessity is the mother of all invention'

Ok, so this clearly isn't an "invention", but I do find that I often set out to make something because I can't find what I am looking for at a reasonable price. For instance, I needed to find two small journals for a friend of mine. After looking high and low and being unhappy with my options, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I found two functional spirals that were about the size I was looking for, but as you can see....not cute.

I thought about covering them and leaving the spiral portion exposed, but that quickly went out the window because it didn't look nice. So I separated the spirals and set out to make a template out of plain (read: cheap) paper.

Before cutting into my more expensive paper, I wanted to make sure that I was going to be able to adequately cover the green with the tools I had in my arsenal. My pattern worked, so I went ahead with picking out my paper. I also chose brown linen book binding tape to personalize the journals.

I traced my pattern onto the back of the decorative paper, cut it out, and punched the holes. If you are going to do something similar, try to use as many factory edges of the paper as possible. This will ensure the pattern is square. To personalize the journals, I sketched out block letters, again, on plain paper, and made sure they were the proportion I wanted.

Next, I traced the letters, transposed, onto the backing of the book binding and cut them out.

Finally, I centered and attached the book binding letters to the decorative paper, then lined up and attached the decorative paper to the original spiral notebook cover with adhesive.

I am pleased with how they turned out. Now they are functional AND cute.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Putting it out there

Hello, my name is Katie and I am a serial crafter. I am addicted to fabric, paper, paint, bits, bobbles, paper, embellishments, ink, paper, beads etc, etc, etc. I have finally decided, one year after changing careers, that I want to share my crafting prowess with the world. *large flourish of the arms*

Career change? Yes, almost one year ago, my husband and I decided that the best thing for our family was for me to leave my job to stay home with our daughter. She had a rough start to life and we wanted to make sure that she had every advantage we could possibly provide her and, for us, that meant getting a full time Mom. It has been an extraordinary change for me and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Now, on to the crafts!

I come from a very creative and talented family. Artists abound, really. If it can be made by hand, I will guarantee you that someone in my family has done it or can do it and they do it really well. I, unfortunately, didn't get that artistic ability. Now, don't get the pity party supplies out just yet. Growing up in an environment where creativity was encouraged helped make me quite the "crafter". I don't really like that moniker, crafter. Perhaps I could be known as a snazzy modifier or creative embellisher. No? Well, crafter is ok, I guess.

So, this is me putting it out there. What will be featured here? I don't know, I am sure a little bit of everything. How often will I post? I don't know, that depends largely on a certain chatty 15 month old. I hope you enjoy my projects and maybe gather just a bit of inspiration while you are visiting.