So, by now it is no secret that I love beautiful papers and prints. While I am busy discarding and tidying my house a la Marie Kondo’s book,The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have held on to almost all my paper, as it does truly spark joy! That being said, all this beautiful paper doesn’t belong stored in a craft room, so I am always looking for ways to use and share it. I made this paper art to decorate my craft studio, and I have a big project cooking up for the holidays.
I also love making cards. While these can get elaborate, with multiple papers and shapes, rubber stamps and ribbons, today I want to share a quick way to make unique cards. All you need for this project is two sheets of coordinating paper, and you will end up with four beautiful one-of-a-kind cards.
- Start with two sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper in coordinating colors and patterns
- Cut 2″ off both sheets of paper, to create 10’x 12″ sheets
- Cut the sheets in half in the perpendicular direction, to create four 6″x10″ sheets
- Fold the sheets in half to make cards that are 5″x6″, which fit easily in envelopes for 5″x7″cards (for some reason, I have a ton of these collected over the years!)
- Finally, cut the 2″ strips in half lengthwise and glue them on the cards of the opposite paper, to create a simple and pretty design.
- If you are making more sets of cards, you can switch the 2″ strips around multiple ways, to create even more different patterns!
One of the things I love about this project is that there are no scraps leftover – just a set of cards ready to brighten a friend’s day!
As you know, since I read Marie Kondo’s book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (my review here), I have been busy clearing out and cleaning up our home. Ironically, once I removed a lot of the random piles of kids’ artwork and sports equipment from our foyer, it looks rather bare.
This space definitely needs a brighter and more colorful feel, and I decided to start by adding some pretty paper to our foyer mirror.
I originally had a plain mirror there, one that actually came with a bathroom vanity I ordered for our guest room. It was very simple and the perfect blank slate for something decorative. I had bought this pretty blue paper from Paper Source a while ago, and it has been waiting for a project! I used to use Mod Podge for decoupage, but I recently bought a tub of Yes All-Purpose Stik Flat Glue to try, and it has been working well, without the odor of Mod Podge.
Here’s how this splash of color and pattern looks in our foyer. It reminds me of the the pretty patterns from Serena and Lily. I think the next addition will be some more accessories and a rug. Hope to show those to you soon!
Sigh, so work has been a bit stressful lately. The other night, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, so I escaped into my craft studio to play around with paper.
I have been doing a lot of tidying up after reading Marie Kondo’s book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (my review here) and I found a lot of scrap paper.
I wanted to make more of the little DIY notebooks I made a while ago. This time, I added some washi tape and a ribbon to tie it closed.
This little project definitely helped me feel calm and re-centered for a new day!