Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Colour Inspiration - Red, White & Black + A Fun Gift Wrap Idea

 and here is some more red for you - colour inspiration!


Just popping in with some colour inspiration for you. Being Valentine's week and all I thought I'd tempt you with some red. 

These are just some odds and ends I have in my studio. Things I like to keep around for inspiration and crafting fun.

How do you feel about the colour red? 
Red is supposed to be stimulating and energetic. It equates to love and passion, and is a powerful primary colour that has deep meaning in different cultures all over the world. If you are interested in reading more about the significance of the colour red go here.

We had red walls in our living room before renovating. I actually loved the colour for many years. We had lots of colour on our walls back then. Today our walls are white and soft grey and I use colour as an accent. It's fun to change the look of a room just by swapping out pillows and other soft accessories.

 Here is a little gift wrapping idea for you. 
Make gift wrap out of vintage stamps!! I'm kind of excited about this. It's the vintage paper geek in me :)

 Scan a vintage stamp, enlarge it and print it out or you could take it to a copy store and have them do it. If you are doing this large scale or multiple copies, a copy shop is the way to go.  
I embellished my wrapped gift with a heart stamp. So fun!
Valentine Card via Paper Parade Co. 
I used the stamps in the photo above.

I'm always looking for ways to use my vintage stamps and I thought this was fun. I got the idea for this after chatting with an Instagram friend who suggested that I take one of my favourite stamps to a print shop and have it enlarged to use as art in my house. I love that idea!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Make a sweet little love note for your special Valentine

It's a super easy Valentine idea that kids can do too. Just cut out a heart and after a few simple folds you will have a fun little Valentine. It's a great way to re-use paper around your house and makes your Valentine's earth friendly!

I used a rubber stamp to add a little message inside but you could do anything here. A little doodle, another folded note, a love letter maybe...

Here you go ...

1. Cut out a heart shape.
2. Fold each side in not quite half way.
3. Fold down the top of the heart (rounded part) and turn around so the pointed end is up.
4. Slip in your secret note and fold down the pointed end. 

You might want to use some washi tape, a sticker or glue to seal your envelope. I just used a mini clothespin. Don't forget that if you are going to add a message on the paper to do it before you fold your heart.

Voila an envelope and card in one.

Friday, January 30, 2015

vintage valentines - a lifetime in a box

Years ago, I went to an estate sale in the Ottawa Valley. We used to rent a cottage there when the kids were little. I arrived a bit late in the day to find the auctioneer practically giving away unwanted lots of personal items from a very elderly lady who had died.

I remember gasping when I spotted two big boxes full of cards, letters and these antique boxes. I don't remember what I paid for them, but it was very little, probably about five dollars.

Inside the two boxes was a lifetime of correspondence. Birthday cards, anniversary cards, sympathy cards, Christmas cards, letters etc. There were a lot.

I spent an afternoon sifting through these personal items. Reading messages of love, celebration and sometimes sadness. It was so sad to me that no one wanted to keep any of these items. Terrible to think where these could have ended up!

Finally, I resorted to sorting through the vast piles to keep only the cards, stationery etc that appealed to me for their illustrations, fonts or sometimes script-like handwriting.

I was able to edit it down to these 6 boxes which I have held onto for many years. The boxes on their own were great to find. I wonder what The Northway Store was?

So that's all, just a little story about collecting :)

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