I bought this fabulous butterfly paper by My Mind's Eye and found some scalloped cardstock that matched, on clearance at the scrapbook store.
Then I got one sheet of the argyle (same line) to coordinate.
I think I stared at those 3 pieces of paper for about 5 hours, trying to decide what to do.
Then I had an a-ha moment and went "bookmark!"
This is super simple but sometimes super simple is just what I like.
I started with a kraft pocket from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) - they come 12 to a package - perfect since I need 12 cards of each design, each month (for my class).
I knew I wanted the bookmark to pull out of the front and I wanted the bookmark super flat so it didn't bulk up the front of the card.
Some people like to put lots of bulky embellishments on their cards but I do not.
I prefer very flat cards that are easy to mail and stay together and stay nice looking.
Of course, you could add a tassle or ribbon but I like flat bookmarks too.
After I made the kraft card base (6" tall x 3.25" wide) - I added the pink argyle to the front.
Then I added the pocket and cut down a piece of the pattern (2.5" wide) to make the bookmark.
I made sure it fit the pocket and wasn't too tall.
Then I made an identically sized piece out of blue cardstock, ran it through my printer with a saying about Mothers and glued it to the back and rounded the corners.
I added the scallop to the front of the pocket, added a little circle of yellow from a Lily Bee paper I already had and punched the butterfly, adding a yellow rhinestone to the center.
Before I give this away, I might add a little banner with a sentiment under the yellow circle. It might say, "Love you Mom!" something like that. I told my students they could add something but I didn't know how to personalize it for them so I left that up to them.
Here's the inside. Just a note - I actually printed the inside sentiment before adhering anything to the front. When I make a card, I make the base (or use a premade base) and the first thing I do, is decide on the sentiment and run it through the printer.
I just picked up some prints from my birthday a few days ago - working on a mini with them!
I am also working on about 12 mini-albums to sell at a craft fair - just got the paper and can't wait to get them going.
Have a great Monday!