One evening, as I was cleaning my room, I stumbled across some old birthday and Christmas cards that I made during junior high/high school. I also found myself having to re-organize all my scrapbook paper, card stock, and other craft supplies the I had amassed over the years. Of course, this made me miss making these handcrafted cards so much that I decided to make one (or three, actually) the very next day!
It just so happened that Valentine's Day was coming up, so I made a card for Clay, my sister, and another girl friend. I bought a handy heart hole punch from Michael's that helped with the green heart-shaped leaves. And I was quite glad to finally be using old scraps that I had kept (leftovers from a wedding photo booth backdrop from last year) to make all the tiny bird houses.
The following week was my dad's birthday, and I decided to make one for him as well. I cut up some balloons (I can never get the shape of them right!) and twine, and was careful to pick colors that were more gender neutral. Somehow I ended up using all the primary colors and stuck in some floral print, but I think it worked out.
I also made my first bridal shower card for my friend, Grace, who is getting married in two months! It felt great to just cut and trim - and to let the different pieces fit together to create its own simple design. Card-making can really be therapeutic! I should really take more advantage of my spare time to keep up with this rediscovered hobby and save myself an extra trip to Hallmark for an overpriced card :)
A few weeks back, I helped my friend Kirstie carry out a photo shoot for her online etsy shop, A Jar of Pickles. She opened up this shop a couple years ago when we were both still in college and since then has created so many lovable greeting cards, notepads, and prints! This winter she designed two separate holiday card sets featuring Christmas puns and Christmas song lyrics. It was a lot of fun setting up these little Christmas trinkets and drawing out the festive spirit of the holidays during this shoot. What's also exciting to share about this year's line is that all the proceeds will be going to support the First Love International children's homes in Nepal and India, where we both will be traveling to for missions right after Christmas!
Just capturing as I go.