On this Good Friday morning (literally, it’s Good Friday in the Roman Catholic religion), I’m thinking about what makes me happy.
Paper inspiration is something that I take seriously. Maybe it is human nature to be intellectually stimulated by bright colours, but I love when you walk into a store – like The Papery – and see rows on rows of blank card paper available in every colour.
Now that The Papery is no longer located down the street from my apartment in the Glebe (Ottawa), Indigo is a great substitute. Unlike the aforementioned local store, this conglomerate feeds into a corporation. Yet, I still love to browse and believe me it is just as tempting.
For the last year, every time I checked out the journals, cards, notepads, stationary, I’ve been mesmerized by the Kate Spade table. Something about her gold and pink combos, along with the simple, sophisticated, and playful designs continues to draw me into her world of wonder.
Finally, as a treat to myself I splurged. I couldn’t help it. With all the birthdays coming up – mother’s day included – I wanted cards that would bring some fun into my friends lives!
Oftentimes, I make cards myself, and I still find creative happiness in doing that. This confession is a complete exposure of my guilty pleasure. I’ve come up with some pretty fantastic ideas too! Once, for a friend whose emoticons refuse to work on her iPhone, and another who just doesn’t have an iPhone at all, I made EMOTICON cards. Of course I chose the perfect ones for each of them, since no two cards should be the same. (I’m aware that it looks as though a kindergartener made it – haha!)
I don’t even know why it’s so much fun to make my own cards. Besides the fact that it’s cheaper, there is just no real reason for it. With the tendency to listen to music as I work – that could be something.
For more do it yourself fun, or crafts in general, try reading: “DIY Studded Shorts.” That experiment that combined fabric and studs was one I’ll never forget.