Instead, let's focus on how I spent my Saturday - finally getting around to making some cards! Ahh, productivity, I missed you.
A few months ago, my aunt sent me a pack of Jim Holtz Idea-ology "Adage Tickets." Looking like raffle tickets, but featuring words like, "love," "giggle" and "wish," the creative possibilities to use these for scrapbook pages and cards are endless.
I thought I'd try to begin a stockpile of cards to keep on hand rather than needing to make a one-off every time a birthday or other occasion comes up. This is why I've been finding myself at Walgreens more often lately in the card aisle. . .although, I can't help but love the Hoops and Yoyo audio cards. Love 'em!
First off, I took inspiration from a $1 rubber stamp I found at Michael's that simply says "Bon Voyage." I had picked up a packet of travel-related photos and embellishments and thought the moving train fit well with words like "live," "play" and "soar" for a vintage travel look.
I was trying to find a pack of vellum envelopes that I could put tickets in and glue to the front of a card, but the only one I found that day at Michael's was part of a packet (hence, the reason I picked up the travel images and embellishments and therefore ended up with my train image!). Keeping the following cards blank inside allow me to use them for different occasions - this one could be for a new baby, engagement, anniversary or just because!
Similar to the above card, I found another "pocket" to tuck the tickets into and embellished with some 3-D heart stickers.
A sticky-backed frame that came with a sticker set fit perfectly over the top of one of the cards. Of course, this makes it a bit thick for the envelope so I think this one might need to be a hand delivery!
Finally, I had to think of a cute way to use single tickets as I was finding a lot of one-offs after tearing off sets of three for most of the cards. As you can probably tell, I like simpler cards so all I added to this one was some paper cut with craft scissors and my gift stamp.
And so, a mini-stock pile has been created. I need to set aside some more time in upcoming evenings to keep these rolling in - it is also a good reminder to embrace snail mail correspondence. Nowadays, with e-mail and e-cards, bills and junk mail seem to be all that fill the mailbox day to day!