Monday, March 7, 2011

Easy Baby "Onesie" Cards

These cards are so fun and easy to make!  Besides, I am in great need of baby cards...there are babies popping up everywhere right now!  I quickly grabbed some patterned paper, stickers and my circle and scallop punch and made 12 of these today.  Special thanks to Lauren Meeder for this design idea.  I have to apologize for my photo color and lighting are both off today...grrr.  

Go run and grab some white card stock for the base of your will need to cut your card stock in half to make two 4 1/4" x 11" strips.  Fold those in half so that their finished size is now 4 1/4" x 5.5".  Below I took some photos to show you how to cut the scallops and also how to measure and cut the card into a onesie.  Enjoy!
Select your patterened paper (I use K&Co, Basic Grey and SEI)
These are the stickers I used along w/ the patterned paper I selected.
Use your 1 3/8" circle punch and punch the top along the fold and the 2 bottom corners.
From the top fold, measure down 1 1/2" and cut inward 1/2" from the side.  Connect the bottom right corner to the inside of the sleeve.  Repeat for both sides.
Using a 1 3/8" circle punch.  Punch a half circle through patterned paper
Place your scallop punch over the circle you just punched.
This is the scallop that will fit on the neck and also the corner of the cute!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Preserving Christmas Memories

Christmas....seriously?  I realize it's March, I know, I know, Christmas stuff should be put away by now!  I've had this particular project sitting next to my desk for quite some time now (2 years to be exact). 

My family loves getting cards, letters and pictures over Christmas and New Years from both family and friends.  There are so many wonderful stories and memories that it just wouldn't be right to throw them away.  I used to create scrapbook pages for all my pictures and letters, but that filled up fast...and not to mention... took a lot more time and effort to create.  Now I just simply punch and bind these treasures into mini-books by year.

Both books were bound using the Zutter binding system.  The cover and back of the book are made with heavyweight chipboard that I covered with patterned paper, stickers and die cuts.  This is so easy and extremely affordable and note, we only keep letters and pictures unless the cards are homemade (hint hint).   We enjoy looking back at years past....oh how quickly the years go by!

Maybe this project will inspire you to create a book of something special and dear to your heart!