A few weeks back, I’d posted about how card making felt like a good fit for me right now, creatively, considering there are a lot of stories that are no longer mine to tell. Someone suggested, “Why not make a layout about your new love of card making?” and I thought, “Heck yeah!”
So I went through some of my favorite Instagram images and created a very simple collage to highlight a handful of the cards I’ve made since discovering this whole crafty venue just a few months back. Here is the full page:
The whole stacking multiple die cuts, something I didn’t even know people did before I discovered card making, is SO cool for scrapbook page titles. Don’t have the proper title or chipboard letters? Make your own, either using your Silhouette or a die cut machine. I cut out five copies of the ‘making’ word to create the title.
Another thing I didn’t know? The amazing smoothness and bright whiteness of Neenah Solar White Cardstock (80# and 110#). If you’ve followed me over the years, you KNOW how much I loved the Bazzill Orange Peel texture (and truthfully, I still do and have lamented their decision to discontinue it.) But this Neenah cardstock has changed my thoughts about white paper. Take my advice: buy a ream of the 80#, or try out the 100#. It is worth the price and it will last you for a while. I just ordered a full ream of the 100# and plan to use it for folded card bases going forward. I also plan to take it and have it cut in half at an office supply store, because my trimmer is giving me some issues with getting straight cuts.
And a third thing I didn’t know? Using Elmer’s Spray Adhesive (outside, in a well ventilated area, mind you, and with a very light hand on the spray!), to glue all those white, die cut titles together. I just used an empty pizza-style packing box to lightly spray my more delicate die cuts and it works like a charm.
I made a quick collage using InDesign (when I’m not designing for tutorials or products, I always use InDesign), and printed it out using my Epson SureColor p400 printer. I’m not going to link to that printer, because I don’t like it. I bought it last summer and other than being great for printing big posters for Dan’s classroom this past school year, I hate how it prints photos. Everything is dark, like really dark and muddy. I have tried all kinds of things to get it to look better and wish I hadn’t bought it. Truly. And let me tell you, it wasn’t cheap. In fact, if anyone has a hot tip for a great printer, let me know. (Side note: I adore my Epson PictureMate. But it only prints 4 x 6 and sometimes I need larger sizes!)
I used some foam tape to give my image some pop on the page and mounted the whole thing onto a sheet of Sweet Mango 100# cardstock from Gina K Designs. (Loving her cardstock!)
The result? A simple, streamlined page celebrated a new thing I’m doing with paper and glue. And maybe a few other things.
NOTE: Like those binder labels? I have a free template for that! Click here to learn more.