Tuesday, April 10, 2012

24 Cards from One Little Paper Pad!

Today I'll keep my promise and show you how to take one old-ish piece of paper, add some more strips from that same paper pad and make 12 more cards!

One of the great things about My Mind's Eye (and a few other manufacturers) is that their colors are very consistent as product lines are released. So this new line called "Miss Caroline" had the same aqua blue/green that was in a line called "Dreamy 2" many years ago. I just happened to buy a huge pack of "Dreamy 2" on peachycheap.com one day and of course, I've never used one piece of it!

I knew I had 2 pieces of striped 6x6 paper with aqua blue so into my blue paper I went and ran across this piece! Perfecto! (This is why I love organizing by color!)

This paper sat in my drawer for years, just waiting for a chance to be used. :) As is often the case, I much prefer the "B Side" of this paper. The paisley seems a little dated now.

For a monochromatic look, I cut a piece of (3 3/16" x 4 3/4") kraft cardstock smaller than the kraft card front. This is the piece I used to build the card design on. By layering your design onto a mat, you will always use less patterned paper - so a matted design is a good choice when you're short on patterned paper for a layout or a card.

Here's the card - the aqua part is 3 x 2 11/16" - because you can get 12 pieces of paper that 3x3 out of one 12x12 piece of paper.

Using more of the 6x6 pad, I found a peachy dot, a yellow tiny floral and a stripe with the peach and the blue in it, to make it all blend. I cut those into randomly sized strips (the stripe is 1") and just put it all together.

I made a little cream cardstock tag for the front with the sentiment. I was down to about 4 pieces of the paper pad and none of them were floral so I looked at the empty paper pad and knew I needed 12 butterflies for the card fronts. A-ha moment! I punched the butterflies out of the front cover! Voila! Then I even had enough to punch 12 smaller butterflies for a little somethin' somethin' on the inside. I like to put a little somethin' somethin' on the inside of the card sometimes and I think I will start doing that more often!

(Normally I put a sentiment but for this theme, sympathy, I prefer writing it.)

I still have 4 pieces of paper from that paper pad, calling to me....MAKE ME INTO SOMETHING GOOD! If I do - I'll let ya know but I'm very happy that I got 24 cards out of one paper pad (plus one piece of 12x12 paper).

I'll definitely be buying more paper pads soon!


Chelle said...

Love love love this card!

TracieClaiborne said...

Thank you lovey!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous card! I totally agree with you on B sides :)

Jennifer Smith-Sloane said...

So cute! B sides are my friend as well! I love the little accent on the inside as well.

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