Sunday, July 14, 2013

One more graduation card....

Hi! Just when you think you're done with graduation cards, you find yourself needing one more. A long-time neighbor that moved out of the neighborhood has an upcoming party planned to celebrate her son's college graduation. I knew the card had to be a little special because he grew up with my boys and there were lots of special times spent together.
That's not to say that I had a lot of time to spend on it. I remembered a paper pad that I have by My Mind's Eye called Academy. It has lots of funky school-themed papers that are collaged and embossed and glittered. I found one that has lots of nice features to it but the collage covers a large area and I didn't want to cut much of it off. So I devised a design for a 4"x9" card that would fold over to include an inner pocket for his gift check. (This size of card fits in a legal envelope.)
I pulled out my Paper Smooches set called Smarty Pants because the little professor seemed the perfect compliment to the word collage. Stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut so that he could stand on one side. (I also stamped him directly on the card so that the pointer he held in his hand didn't have to be fussy cut. I just placed my cut out version of him directly on top of the stamped one.)
I matted the inside pocket with the same paper and added the grad's name with letter stickers. I'm glad that I didn't have a second lower-case "r" because it looks cool with the upper-case one. Serendipity.
To make it even more special, I'm going to also tuck in a 4"x6" photo of him with my boys when they were toddlers and pictures from their recent high school and college graduations.
I'll add a note and call it done.

Thanks for dropping by. Hopefully, I can put the graduation stamps away now. *smile*

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Hi all,
We're spending the holiday with family in Texas. Looking forward to a big ol' BBQ and fireworks show tonight.
I just wanted to relay a couple of pics that I instagrammed the other day.
Backstory: I've starting taking a pile of journaling cards from Project Life kits with me when I travel. I figure that I might want to do a little journaling of pictures taken while away, while the memory is fresh. Then, I fret. But what if I want to combine my journaling on a big card? Do I really want a one picture/one journaling card approach? So I flounder. Then, while I was reading through various social media sites, I saw quotes that I liked and interesting passages from articles I was reading. And book suggestions. So, I decided that those lonely little cards that traveled with me here had a new purpose. I jot things down on them and figure that I will add them to a Project Life album here and there as another random decoration. I like that these notes won't be lost in the myriad of journals I buy for that purpose. They will be in albums that I expect to peruse from time to time.
So here they are. (I used cards from the Honey kit and Kraft kit, now available at Michael's and Hobby Lobby stores.)

If you're into Instagram or Vine, I post there under the pseudonym "scrapcollectr."
On Pinterest, you'll find me as "Cee Cee Wallach." I've got lots of interesting boards for crafters to follow there.
Thanks for dropping by.
I'll be relaying the same info over on The Crafting Journals blog. Stop in there from time to time. We try to inspire over there, too!
Happy 4th. Stay safe!