Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cardmaking at Your Convenience

My niece's birthday is coming up soon. If it had been six months earlier, I would have been rushing to make a card for her, or running to the store to purchase one. Instead, I know that I have a card, ready to be signed and sent. (It's not the anniversary card shown here!) This is what I've done:

A few months ago, I brought out all of my papercrafting supplies. I made a list of all the cards we'd need for the upcoming year--birthdays, anniversaries, holidays--and made all of them. I also made some additional cards, such as sympathy cards, get well cards, extra birthday cards, and blank notecards. I put them in sandwich bags with labels and filed them in a document holder (from the dollar store), so I can find exactly what I need, when I need it.

This saves money (no more purchasing cards when I don't have time to make them), saves time (no need to drag out all the supplies every time I want to make one card), and reduces stress. As it should be, cardmaking is a joy, rather than a chore. This is a solution that works for me.

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  1. This is a great idea, I wish I'd have the time to do it though. I'm also into scrapbooking, traditional and digiscrap, but I rarely touch them nowadays, LOL. I guess you can also use the materials in scrapboooking to make cards?? I'm interested to try making some. Have a nice day, tks for stopping by my blog too.

  2. You're good! :) I make handmade cards for most occasions, but I'm usually up late making them the night before. Maybe someday I'll try your idea and make a huge batch at once... that sounds like a great plan.

    I'm off to check out more of your blog now- frugal and creative are two of my favorite words. ;) I host a meme on Sundays for paper crafters- maybe you'd like to join us?

    My WFMW post today is all about how to make a diaper cake for a baby gift. It's fun and easy! :)

  3. Smart girl!! :) I really am going to have to try my hand at cardmaking. I'm so impressed with everyone else's ability to make such beautiful handmade cards!! I feel intimidated trying it myself. LOL!

  4. I know, I know! I soooo need to do this. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. What a great idea! I'm going to put that on my to do list.

  6. Great tip...I should give this a try!

  7. Great tip! One of my summer goals is to make a whole stash of cards including baby welcoming and birthday cards.

  8. Good idea. I always have a stash of cards on hand, including blank ones for whatever might come up. It does save so much time and money. And it just makes things easier.

  9. This is a great idea, and one I think I'll borrow! Thanks for sharing it :)


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