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Monday, November 24, 2008

Making Memories

"You never know when you could be making a memory" A great quote! I had a chance to make some memories this weekend. My youngest son (Patrick) has dabbled in making cards and scrapbook pages and other crafty things. (see Scrapper in the Making). A friend of mine asked if he and I could make some cards for her. She wanted cards that she could use for her son's teachers at the holidays.

Sounded like a fun project. At first Patrick had no clue what to design. He looked at a few examples. He really liked a card he saw by Kim Hughes. So we scrap-lifted it. This was our first design:

We really had fun with this one. We even used an older (1958) Singer sewing machine to so the straight stitches. The zig-zags were done by hand.

This card may have been a bit too Christmas-y for the recipient, so we set out to design something different. We both liked the basic layout, so we stayed with that, but changed out the main elements. Watching the birds empty our feeders this time of year inspired this next design:

Since the cards would be coming from my friends son, I wasn't sure that this was the best design for him. So we came up with a third one that was non-religious and non-gender specific. Snowflakes! At least, I don't think I've ever read about snowflakes having a gender! LOL

This is the winning card! Inside each, Patrick placed an apple with holly leaves. As he said "an apple is the classic gift for teachers".

We set out to make some cards for a friend. What we ended up making was far more valuable. We made memories. We had fun working together, getting covered in adhesives and embossing powders, losing and finding strips and scraps of paper, chatting, laughing and sharing time together.

You just never know when you could be making a memory!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thinking INSIDE the box

OK, so typically we are trying to think of new ideas, creative and onnovative ways of doing things. And we call it "outside the box". In this case, I went INSIDE the box, lol !! I've been making so many holiday cards, that I wanted a place to keep them. So I built a box!
I'm sharing the instructions here with you. Hope you'll have fun with this. I've created one in very bright colors to keep birthday and all occasion cards that I've made too. It's fun and quick to do. Hope you enjoy!

Leave me a comment. I'd especially love to see what you make.

Card Box Instructions:

(click on the images to view larger)

12x12 cardstock for the box
10x6.5 cardstock for the lid
Ribbon (optional)
Eyelets (optional)
Magnets or Velcro (optional, I used Basic Grey's magnets)
Additional cardstock and embellishments as desired

1. Score the 12x12 cardstock at .75", 2.75", 9.25" and 11.25" on one length (as shown)
2. Score at 6" and 9" on the other length of that cardstock (as shown)
3. Cut at the red lines in the image, cutting away the 2 lower corners
4. Fold at score marks and assemble the box using adhesive
(I used additional cardstock scraps to reinforce the box for added strength
5. Round the front corners if you like.

1. Score the 10x6.5" cardstock at 4" and 7" on the 10" length as shown
2. Adhere the 3" section of the lid to the top/back of the box to create lid
3. Round the front flap corners if you like
4. If desired, punch holes in the sides of box and set eyelets. Insert ribbon and tie knots on the ends to create handle

1. If desired, attach magnet (or Velcro) where box front and lid flap/front meet to close. Cover magnet with scraps of cardstock and embellish. I used a circle punch to cut the cardstock for the magnet covers

I made a large box (using the measurements above) to hold 6.5"x5" cards. I scaled the size down to make a smaller one to hold notecards. Here are some photos of the boxes and the large one open with some of the cards:
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