Although the concept of printables is not brand new, I still think it is a little scary for some people. I hear from so many that they aren't sure exactly what they would or could do with them. In their minds I think they believe it is a one time thing that they can use and that is it. Nothing could be farther from the truth and I want to share just a few things you can do to get more from your printable kits.
I have said this before and will say it again and again...the simplest thing you can do with your printables is double printing to make your own custom combos of paper. How many times have you seen a collection of patterened paper that you love but the one focal paper that you want to use you don't like what is on the other side? With printables you can customize your own combos for whatever project you are working on.
Another tip is changing up the types of paper you print on. You do not have to start with white paper!
Here I grabbed three different cardstocks (some textured some smooth) and printed the same pattern from the Mother's Love kit on each one of them.
Although this is a really basic example you can see how you have three different looks so don't be afraid to try other papers...not just your basic white!
In this photo you can see that I have taken the ledger chevron pattern and printed it on Epson white paper on the left. It is a turquoise color in the original kit. I then took an off white/cream cardstock and printed the same patterned paper and as you can see just the small amount of color in the cardstock gives the paper a totally different look.
This is a card I made with this paper. One of the fun things from the Mother's Love kit are these envelopes which I have cut open at the top and made it a working envelope where I have typed a little note and placed it inside.
What do you think...have you thought of trying out different papers for more variety and to get more from your printable kits? If so I would love to hear what has worked well for you.
More tips coming up later this week!
I knew I needed to make several Mother's Day cards so that is what I started with when creating projects with the new Mother's Love Project Kit.
Here are a few that I came up with:
I wanted to design a card that had several different sized elements that folded and layered to create the front of the card. It is a really simple card to make though...lets take a look at how it comes together.
First you will need to print your elements pages....remember you can choose any of the pattern papers to print on the back of the elements pages to make them double sided and then you can create many different patterned combinations for your cards. You will also need a 5.25"x5.25" cardstock square to serve as your base.
Trim out the shapes you will use for your front folds, I used the large bracket and the rectangular tag. Then using your scoring board (best tool ever for card making!) score along edges where you want your placement to be.
Now you will want to adhere those two pieces (only on the folds) down to the cardstock base of your card.
Then you will adhere your 5.25"x5.25" square of patterned paper over the top of the cardstock base to hide your folds.
Last but not least, embellish! I used a bit of twine to close the top one and wrote my sentiment inside.
This card has an envelope on the front with a secret note inside. I will show you more about this one tomorrow when I talk about extending the life of your printable kits by getting creative with what you print on! The decorative edge punch I used is here.
This one was so simple. I used three of the large banners, layered on top of one another with the top banner "ruffled". Then I completed it with a little sewing and it was done! The finishing touch was some seam binding ribbon to dangle my charm and I am putting this card in a jewelry box I found that is the same size. And the Mother's Love charm is available here if there are any left. Cardstock color I used for this card, sugar cream by Bazill.
I admit it...I am a Miss Mustard Seed stalker fan! Since the day I stumbled upon her blog I have been an avid reader. Marian's designs are amazing and her style is one of a kind. If you haven't checked out her blog you should. I will warn you though....you might be there a bit so make sure you have time to fully enjoy it!
If you were planning on buying the charm now is the time to do so. A little birdie told me that this was the fasting selling charm to date for bcharmed and there are only a few left!
I am excited to share this new kit today. It has been a while since I have designed something and then been able to turn around and share it with you right away so this felt good...instant gratification!
This kit has 10 papers that are sized both 8.5x11 and 12x12. Plus three 8.5x11 pages of elements which can be used in cards, mini books, scrapbook pages and more.
is around the corner and I will be sharing a new kit tomorrow but I have had a few email me (about this kit that I created last year) wanting to know if it is still available and the answer is yes! You can go to the "Printables" tab to the right to find any previous kit I have designed or the direct link to the Mother's Day Project kit can be found here.
And here are a few of the projects I created using it:
Be back tomorrow with a fun new Mother's Day project!