Most of the time these files just languish on my hard drive. A few little things helped me this week.
- Print them out ahead of time.
- Most printables are formatted to be printed on 8.5x11 paper. If the cards are individual files, I use picasa to make an 8x9 grid collage and they sort of fall into place on their own. Some files are 2.9x4, so then I use 8x8.7 in. If you don't have PSE or are new to Picasa (it's free!), check out this great tutorial on making collages.
- Print out on textured or dotted cardstock. I mostly use bright white, but I also like the look of light kraft too. I just bought a big pack of cardstock from target that is 8.5x11. It isn't textured however.
- Spend a little time cutting them out. I like being able to quickly flip through a deck of cards. Plus, you can fit them in empty slots from your core kit box.
- Print double sided. You can see how more cards look printed out in person and feel like you are conserving cardstock (yes, I have hoarding tendencies and trying to work through them. Tell me I'm not the only one?)
- Personalize them with stamps after printing. I am much more likely to use something that feels unique. Here I just stamped Avi's name on one card. Some of them I have just added a herringbone stamp in a coordinating color or a little phrase here and there. These new Studio Calico stamps are getting used a lot.
|How cute are these free cards??? The top two are my favorites.|
And, on to my pages for the week.
aqua foam thickers for a soft and pretty title. We also dressed Nandini up like a princess and Avi painted her face. Worthy of a glittery N on the card. The grainy black and white photo is from the 'photobooth' at the children's museum. I probably have hundreds of these, but this is the first time I found a spot for it in the album.
Of course lots of washi, a fun way to make an airmail card. Actually, the back of a card I used last week (totally thrifty, right?). I also love my new red hearts washi.
Wednesday morning Avi's school had a mother's breakfast. The painted tissue box gift included a picture of him making it on the front. Just what I wanted. Love using wood, like these wood buttons from Prima. A little thicker and heavier than wood veneers.
wood veneer bicycle from Studio Calico (and back in stock finally!).
studio flag and Amy Tangerine fabric sticker.
Instagram collage next to that. How awesome is that grey and yellow striped paper? I got it for 70% off in the dollar spot at Target in a stationery notes pack. Score! Check it out next time you're there, it probably is not that hot an item with the general public, but I love it. Embossed my SC instagram stamp over it with another wooden prima button.
The bottom row is all from a birthday party this weekend. Another Creative Bubble card. I added a wood veneer asterisk to go with the shapes on the card. Love the clear look of total happiness Nandini has on her face here. All it takes is one half-opened Starburst apparently.
wood veneer stars as a continuation of the dandelion seeds blowing away in the wind. These stars are back in stock too. Probably one of my favorite embellishments of all time. Debating about how many more packs to buy. I put a fabric letter A on a martha shipping tag for Avinash (and to balance the N on the facing page....maybe silly since he already had a quote card.) The paper is new basic grey PB&J line. Think I'll use the same paper for our Japan Family Day outing yesterday too. It is really pretty, but very busy, so a little easier to use in small doses like this. I had one extra instagram of me and Nandini so I just stuck it in between these two pockets. A little off perhaps...oh well.
Hambly is going out of business, so I want to stock up. I also got a bunch of these cute little chevron bags. Use code 85GRMH for free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Also, the sale has been extended through 5/25 now, yay!!
Linked up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday. The PL kit I am using is the Clementine kit. Thank you so much to everyone in this wonderful community. I love all the feedback and looking at everything people do each week. It definitely keeps me motivated. And, please, link me up to any of your inspiring pages this week as well in the comments!