Up, Up and Away with your baby shower! This darling baby shower invitation provides a gentle and relaxing touch to your party. With an invitation this adorable, how could you not float to your happy place?
So you’re home from vacation and want to scrapbook your trip – what to do, what to do with all those maps, pamphlets, post cards and ticket stubs you’ve collected along the way…?
Maps: I love using them as background paper! Especially if they’re colorful, maps can tie in pictures, show the layout of the city and make a page more personal. Keep in mind some maps are a very thin and it might be best to matte them on card stock first.
Pamphlets and business cards: I like to collect a group and display them together on one page. Doing a simple technique like matting (using the same color family for card stock) and layering them over each other gives a nice consistency to a page.
Postcards: Crop them and use them as photos!!! They’re also usually on a very heavy card stock which is great for ripping and inking.
Books: Take them apart and pair pages of text to your photos to add information and history.
No matter where I go, I always try to pop in a stationary/paper store to collect supplies for my scrapbooks and cards. My preference is large wrap sheets that I take to the front desk of my hotel and chop up in smaller pieces so its easy for me to travel with. I ALWAYS bring a flat 12 x 12 carrying case with me so I can store my finds easily in my luggage!!
I had so much fun shooting a few crafting segments for ABC’s ‘The List’ with the very funny, handsome, smart and charming, Conor Knighton. Here’s my segment of how to make a handmade Mothers Day card using just a few simple techniques…
Convincing Conor how much fun crafting can be
Little known fact: men don’t like to use glue sticks. I did not know this. Good thing I brought double sided tape
So serious when I craft
Finished! Conor channeled his macaroni art days and made this beautiful card for his mother. A+ student
Simple touches can make big impacts on invitations, that’s why I try to incorporate seals on projects as much as I possibly can.
Why use seals? Along with starting/completing a design, a seal can be used to tie in themes, colors, information, initials (or sayings) and most importantly…close the invitation!
I chose to incorporate a felt duck (great to add texture and depth) and a bright orange ribbon for another pop of color. Since the enclosure is white, adding bold colors made a needed dramatic impression on such a blank canvas. However, keep in mind — because seals are often raised, by adding depth you will also be increasing the cost of postage. If you want to include a seal without the added charge go for a flat sticker and string (tie around multiple times to get a substantial effect) to your invitations instead!
Here are my inspirations for this piece…
I love solids, stars and stripes – especially when I’m able to mix them together! Here’s a sample of one of the new greeting cards I made today…