Greetings Recycled

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As you may imagine, I have a drawer full of cards.  It’s convenient for that last minute birthday or that last minute anything really.  but mostly it just gets more and more full the more I craft.  And very soon, I’m going to be making a lot of cards!  Ideally I would sit down every few days with a cup of tea in hand, grab a fountain pen, gaze out the window at my English garden and write a sweet handwritten note to any one of my faraway friends, which at this point is almost everyone I know.  Unfortunately, it never plays out like that.  I have this strange obsession with paper goods and conversely a fear of marring their beauty with my inadequate handwriting.  I know I need to get over it, the stack of unused journals in my bedside table is proof of that.  But that little slip in confidence always stops me from putting pen to paper.Another thing that stops me is the feeling that the card should be more of a gift.  I would like the recipient to want to keep the card and so then there’s that pressure to make the written note inside worth keeping.  I cringe at the thought of one of my cards ending up in the recycle bin.  As you can see I turn the whole act of writing a thank you card into quite a lot more than it needs to be.

Last week  I received an incredible package in the mail from my very crafty friend Dianne.  Dianne sent me a stack of old Geology maps from an office that was being cleaned out at the  community college where she works.  It was literally a treasure trove of well kept, high quality maps, and they are huge!  The gift definitely deserved a thank you so I decided to end the silliness and come up with a way to push past my fears.

I chose a card from the drawer with a fitting sentiment and decided to print my thank you on printer paper and affix it into the card with washi tape.  I’m always looking for new ways to use washi tape so I that I can justify purchasing more of it.  This way, Dianne can remove the greeting, stick it to her fridge if she feels so inclined and use the card again!  In the future I think I’ll try to print the greeting onto paper from the recycle bin to be even more green and perhaps mount the insert on a scrap of patterned paper to add more pop and heft to the greeting once it’s removed from the card.

I added some directions for the recipient just in case.  And because my cards are essentially my business these days, I added my business stamp to the back.  You never know who might see a card they like and want to purchase more.Oh, and the card above was inspired by a piece of album art, a great EP by Priscilla Ahn called Dream, click on the pic below to check it out!

Are you all any better about sending handwritten notes?  Am I the only one?

Keep pressing on and watch for the mailman, I might make this a habit.


10 thoughts on “Greetings Recycled

  1. LOVE that I’m going to get a card from you! Love the idea of printing the inside (I’ve had to glue printed paper over my poorly handwritten or poorly thought out message on far too many cards), love how the card could be re-used, even if I keep it (because I wouldn’t give away a card YOU MADE). Oh, and I also love the inspiration and the card you crafted! YAY!

    • I’m so glad you like it! And I am so sorry it will not be at all a surprise when it actually arrives. It was so great to get the maps and the gorgeous little heart card. Thank you again my crafty friend, you’re the best!

      • Seeing it on the blog was way cool. I’ll still be delighted to receive it. Don’t be sorry that I saw it first. Glad you like the maps…I wanted to surprise you.

      • If you can believe it the card is actually stamped and addressed and destined for the mailbox today. Nothing like blog post accountability to get my butt in gear 🙂

  2. I feel the same way about journals!…like you have to have something important to write in them or else it’s a waste. Too much pressure, right?

  3. Carson! I have an idea for you. Well, it’s actually something that I’D really like, but I feel like other people would like it as well! Did you ever see those boxes of cards-for-all-occasions that Costco sold at one point? I would love to buy a package of a bunch of different cards— bdays, thank yous, hellos, new baby, blank, etc etc, so that when I have an occasion I could just bust out one of your cute creations! You could recycle some of your old cards and make them new for us. Just an idea 🙂


  4. I’m here from craftgawker, and I’m eager to poke around the rest of your site! I have the same card anxiety. Whenever I do commit to actually writing in a card, I write what I want to say on the computer (so I can edit and reword easily). Then I hand write the draft on a similar-sized scrap paper so I get practice my penmanship and get the proportions right. I love your washi tape idea. I might have to try that. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m impressed that you go that last step and write it in your own handwriting. It seems no matter how hard I practice, my handwriting just never looks good. I hope you had a good browse and I hope you’ll be back!

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