Recycle old file folders as the base stock cards (and maybe ditch the envelope).

scissors-paper-gluelove-peopleDo you keep your birthday cards? I am sure at least some people reading this post do. What about the envelopes? I am betting you envelopes out even if you keep the card. If you are not sending the card, and you are not enclosing $ or the life, do you really need an envelope? I am thinking… no.

With that in mind and armed with scissors, a glue stick, 7 manila file folders, and a fall-colored 8×8 inch “Typography” paper pack from Graphic 45 (it includes 3 sheets each of 8 double sided designs), Graphic 45 metal brads, StazOn Ink, and a few bits of ribbon and lace, I set out to see how many super simple cards I could make in about 4 hours.

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I made a total of 10 regular sized cards, 15 gift cards and a gift tag before I ran out of old file folders. I dd not run out of paper in the pack – I think there are 6 full sheets left plus scraps.

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I chose not to cut the file folder tabs off but to use them as a design element in the cards, cutting the top of the image to match the tab and gluing an image on the inside tab to cover what was written or labeled.

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As I was cropping the folders to better match the size of the image, I wound up with some folded strips I did not want to pitch, so I  incorporated them into a card with a busy, colorful patterned inside.

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recycle-steps-2recycle-steps-3I glued 5 strips at the bottom middle edge starting from the 1 in the center, then the 2 on the top and lastly the 2 in between those so they were somewhat even, essentially giving me 20 lines to write on.

Then I tied ribbon around it. (Silk sari ribbon comes either as strips knotted or sewn together.)

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Here are a few more examples:

In this first one I did not worry about covering the entire label, but just left a well-chosen word to show on the tab.

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Strips for a folder cut at an angle to add writing space on busy, dark paper:

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More to come!

Art Nouveau Designs for 3D Card Making – Super Simple Project

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My assistant Carol loves the Art  Nouveau style of  Alphonse Mucha, so when she saw that Reddy had perforated 3D images for card making she bought a bunch.

There are delicate pieces and parts that need to be punched out. First she tried using a paper clip (as shown) and that worked pretty well. What worked out really well was a seam ripper. She liked the fact that it had a tiny blade and was also able to use both points against the perforations. (Carol just smiled when I asked her why the woman who does not sew has a seam ripper in her desktop mug of pens. There is also a nail file, scissors, a ruler, and a screw driver spilling out of that mug.)

Here is the card:

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The biggest tip I can offer you when punching out things like this is that with a little patience you will definitely have more fun.

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Are you Reddy?

Tag- You’re It! What will you make with Graphic 45?

Ribbon plus tag stickers off Graphic 45s Eerie Collection =

I swear it took longer to write this post than make a ready to tie on gift tag…

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but that is kind of the point – when you have a few supplies in your craft stash, you are ready for card making and gift wrapping with a personal touch.

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Once Upon a Time Journal with G45 Eerie Sticker Collection

Take one journal. Decide if it opens like a book or if you want to upend it like I did with this green paper one in my craft stash.

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journal-1Add stickers from G45′s Eerie Collection.

Don’t forget the back.

 

 

 

 

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If it is art journaling that interests you, there are many ways (none of them more right than another). You could zentangle (a bit like controlled doodling) or stamp, or draw, just to name a few ways to get started.

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115 prompts to get you writing in your journal:

  1. What lesson in life did you learn the hard way?
  2. Describe a time when your life took an unpredictable turn.
  3. Who do you think of when you imagine someone saying, “I believe in you.” Now, write about a time in your life when just knowing someone believed in you made a difference.
  4. Tell about a friend from each major stage of your life, and let us know why you think of that person as your friend.
  5. What slice of your life would you like your children to know that shed light on what has meant the most to you?
  6. What do you wish you could have asked your parents?
  7. What message would you like to send to your Mother? Your Father?
  8. As you look back over your life what threads do you recognize?
  9. So far, what are your sacred moments that come to mind?
  10. Write about several moments in your life that touched your deepest feelings.
  11. What one thing did you save that belonged to your parents? As you look at it, what do you think? What are your feelings when you touch it?
  12. Write about a time when you went through a spiritual crisis.
  13. Write about some places of beauty that touched your heart and that you cherish even to this day.
  14. What is the most surprising gift you ever received? Explain the circumstances around receiving this gift.
  15. What is the most enjoyable gift you gave to someone else? Explain.
  16. Write of several qualities of your grandparents that you would most like your grandchildren to possess.
  17. Write about the greatest peer pressure you felt as a teen since your grandkids feel it every day.
  18. Write about the hardest phone call you ever made. Write about the hardest letter you ever wrote. How about the hardest received?
  19. Write about the worst rejection you experienced as a teenager. How did you handle the situation?
  20. Write about how your family handled the bad times during your early years: divorce, death, arguments, lawsuits, and/or estrangements.
  21. Were there any cautionary tales within your family when you were growing up? Write about one.
  22. Write of one specific time when you felt hopeless and alone. What helped you through the experience? As you write, think of how best your grandchildren can learn from this experience.
  23. When you were a kid who could you always go to for honest answers? Explain who, explain why.
  24. Write of a single experience out of your past that found you caring and supportive of someone who was going through difficult times.
  25. Write of an instance when time seemed to stop and you knew you were part of a moment that held great significance.
  26. Write how you would choose to die plus the timing. Explain why.
  27. Explain to your children some of the things you want to experience before you die. Write a list. Explain why.
  28. Share your feelings about being left alone should your spouse die first.
  29. What apprehensions do you have about suffering? How will you explain these feelings to your grandchildren?
  30. Write about a time when you struggled with your identity and self-worth. This may be helpful to a grandchild.
  31. Write about the mirror of comparison that might have distorted a part of your early life; the comparison of telling you how much you lacked.
  32. What is your faith and how do you experience it?
  33. List five things you like about yourself and write a 50 word paragraph on each.
  34. Write about something you learned from forgiveness.
  35. Write about something you learned from fear.
  36. Write about something you learned from contentment.
  37. Write about something you learned from discipline.
  38. Write about something you learned from joy.
  39. Write about an experience in your life when you and your family experienced a flood. Describe it.
  40. Write about an early drought that impacted you and your family.
  41. Describe a dust storm you experienced as a kid. What was it like?
  42. Describe the coldest and harshest winter you can remember.
  43. What kind of heat did your house have when you were growing up? How did you keep warm? What was the process of staying warm in dead winter as a kid?
  44. What was the biggest snowstorm or blizzard you remember as a kid? What things did you have to do to survive such a storm?
  45. Were people more secure in their family values when you were growing up than they are now? Why? Why not?
  46. How common was working mothers in your day? Have working mothers been good or bad for our society? Explain why or why not.
  47. Write about a time in your childhood when father knew best.
  48. Write about a time when your father knew least.
  49. What was the balance between freedom and authority in your home when you were young? Write an experience from both.
  50. Write about a time when you and your new spouse/significant other  had an experience that was fun, wild, and spontaneous.
  51. Make a list for your grandchildren of some things you currently consider romantic.
  52. Describe a getaway experience you and your spouse/significant other had that was memorable.
  53. Write about an early experience when you and your spouse/significant other were aggressive and extravagant in your romance.
  54. Write about an experience where your romance was so predictable and boring that it was humorous.
  55. Where did you live during your childhood days and who lived with you?
  56. What kinds of make-believe do you remember playing as a child?
  57. Name and describe the pets you had when you were in grade school. Write about them.
  58. What do you remember feeling the first day of school? Describe it.
  59. What do you see going on around you at meal time when you were a child?
  60. Write a memory of the kind of music you typically heard as a child.
  61. Write a memory of the kind of music you typically heard as a teenager.
  62. Write a memory of the kind of music you typically heard as an adults.
  63. What fills up your senses?
  64. What is your favorite meal and why?
  65. What do you love to look at?
  66. What thrills your taste buds?
  67. What scents entice you? Why? What scents repulse you? Why?
  68. Describe the cars you have owned in your lifetime.
  69. Write about a memorable fishing trip.
  70. Write about a memorable camping trip.
  71. Write about a memorable vacation.
  72. If you were baptized, what were the circumstances around the event?
  73. What were the circumstances around your baptism?
  74. Did you have a memorable babysitting experience when you were a teenager? Explain.
  75. Write of one significant Depression experience that has stayed in your memory all these years.
  76. Write a memory of your first few days in Navy boot camp, or Army basic training.
  77. Write about some of the ways you carry a positive influence of your parents. List them and explain each.  Write of some ways you carry a negative influence.
  78. Write of an experience out of your past that found you in a very deep and powerful relationship with your parents.
  79. Write of an experience out of your past that found you in a very deep and powerful relationship with your children.
  80. Write of an experience out of your past that found you in a very deep and powerful relationship with your grandparents.
  81. Write of a childhood experience of genuine solitude you had that impacted your life? Explain the circumstances and what you learned.
  82. Write of your most romantic experience s ever.
  83. What roles did you have as (choose one): an only child; as the oldest child; as the middle child; as the youngest child.
  84. Describe the house your family lived in the first years of your life.
  85. Describe all the nicknames of your siblings and friends and the history behind them.
  86. Write about your weirdest  Christmas eve.
  87. List some of your favorite things and explain why they are your favorites.
  88. What is/was your profession?
  89. What was the worst thing that ever happened to you at work?
  90. Who is the one person I really miss in my life during the holidays? Why?
  91. Write about one childhood Christmas that really stands out? Why?
  92. Write what the word “blessed” mean to me? Why?
  93. Who’s the  Most Social
  94. Who’s the  Best Cook
  95. Who’s the  Most into Politics
  96. Who’s the  is the Funniest
  97. Who’s the  Most Creative
  98. Who’s the  the Wildest!
  99. Who’s the  Most Reclusive
  100. Who’s the  Most Generous
  101. Who’s the  Best Storyteller
  102. Who’s the  Most Traveled
  103. Who’s the  Best Organized
  104. Of those elections that you remember, what do you remember most about each?
  105. Which election was the first that you participated in (actually voted)?
  106. What are your current political views and have they changed over the years?
  107. Describe your teenage hangout.
  108. Describe the view from a particular window.
  109. Describe a sport you play or played.
  110. What is your all-consuming hobby?
  111. Are you a sports nut?
  112. What makes you crazy—pet peeves? How do you handle them?
  113. City-born or country-bred?
  114. Describe a favorite teacher or business mentor.
  115. What is your sense of humor like? Your favorite joke? Were you the class clown?

Make a Magnet in Seconds!

Terri O Super SimpleYou only need 3 components and one tool for this project:

Xyron Magnet Tape

1 cardstock sticker from Graphic 45′s “An Eerie Collection” ~ you can find this paper at your local scrapbook store.

1 Rue Romantique bezel with the ring snipped off the end (tool: wire cutters).

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Recycle a Brown Paper Bag into Super Duper Simple Wrap with Cardstock Stickers

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In a super hurry and no gift wrap?

Simply solved!

Just use 3 (or more) of the stickers from Graphic 45′s “An Eerie Collection” cardstock stickers and ribbon on a brown paper bag!

Bewitchingly simple!

More Super Simple gift wrap ideas: One Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Tale Gift Card with Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers

This month I will have six projects, large and small, some super fast, all super simple with Graphic 45′s “An Eerie Collection” cardstock stickers.

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You will need:

the sticker sheet, a vellum bag, 2 contrasting pieces of scrapbooking paper, a piece of ribbon, and glue dots.

4 Steps for the card:

Cut one piece of paper 3.25 bby 3.25 inches and the other about 3.5 by 7 inches.

Fold the bigger piece in half.

Attach stickers as shown above. You might wonder, why the glue dots? I used them to make the frame a wee bit higher than the picture.

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Make the vellum bag into an envelope in 3 steps:

1. Cut the bag the size you need.      2. Fold down the part you want to cut away.       3. You can seal the envelope by stapling on a ribbon.

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envelope-2envelope-3OMG Christmas will be here before you know it. Make a cute embossed Holly card.

 

 

Super Simple Gift Wrap DIY – The Photo as Giant Gift Tag

Eliminate gift tags by using a photo of the person you are giving the gift to. Here is how I did it:

Photos as gift tags Terri O1.   Pick your picture and print it on regular paper. You could use photo paper but that can get pricey since it’s going in the trash anyway.

2.   The most important tool you’ll need is the www.xyron.com <http://www.xyron.com> 900. It makes stickers out of anything.

Run your picture thru it and stick it on the package or bag.

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How to use Flitter Flakes to Foil Emboss Paper Projects

I am bringing you something from the British Isles today.

You’ve got to love craft products with fun names like Flitter, Phat Foam, and Scoochy Foam. These foil embossing products are made by a company in England called Indigo Blu. If you are a card maker, add flitter to your craft stash and you will add a new dimension to your card-making and scrapbooking in six super simple steps. What are you waiting for? Dive on in!

I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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TerriO Super Simple Flitter cardmaking

Step 1. Place your “quintessentially English” rubber stamp on a an acrylic backer.

Step 2. Apply Flitter Glue to the stamp using Indigoblu Phat Foam. You want to make sure not to over glue it.

Step 3. Kiss your scrapbook or greeting card stock paper  with the stamp. (In this case I used tissue paper because I have plans for it in a later project.)

Step 4. Add Flitter Flakes and tap them down gently with your finger.

Step 5. Use Indigoblu Scoochy Foam to lightly sand off the excess Flitter Flakes. A light touch does it! Watch your lovely image emerge.

Step 6. Brush the unused portion back into the jar. I used Lancashire Rose on one of Indigo Blu’s Clockwork Stamps for this project, but they have lots of original stamps and nearly a dozen colors of Flitter Flakes.

What will you try first? Making a card or a scrapbook page?

 

 

 

Make Your Own Erasable Laminated Bulletin Board

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Need an erasable memo board in your own style and decor? It is super simple to make this one yourself in just a few minutes.

You will need a laminator for this project. The one I used comes from www.PurpleCows.net
It’s a great machine and there are so many projects you can make with it. Totally worth the investment.

Supplies:
Laminator
12×12 laminator sheet
12 x12 scrapbook paper
Tags
Stickers or anything you want to add to it
Dry erase pen

Instructions:
1. Cut about ¼ inch off 2 sides of the scrapbook paper. You want your paper to fit inside the laminator sheet so the there is a border on all sides. This way your project will be sealed all the way around.
2. Embellish your paper. I used tags and stickers. Attach them with adhesive.
3. Place your embellished paper inside the laminator sheet and run it thru.
4. The idea is to use this on the go. If you want you can also make an 8×11 size and punch holes in it so it fits in your notebook.

 

Check out this cork memo board too!