A Lost Art: Card Making

Who doesn’t love receiving cards? They are a beautiful gesture and can make a person’s day…but they can be expensive! If I do end up buying cards it’s typically the blank on the inside pack of 10 at TJ Maxx for $4.00. But I’m here today people, to encourage and support you to get out your elmer’s glue, glitter and sharpie pens and start hand making your cards! This may not be fun for everyone and you might love wandering the aisles in Target for that perfect card – but I think nowadays we don’t do much with our hands but type, scroll, pin and click away and making a card can be a much needed escape from technology. Now go cut out scraps from those magazines you have piling up and draw, doodle and glitter away to customize your card for your person. Even if it looks janky, I promise they will love the time and thought you put into it!

Step 1: Gather the essentials: scissors, glue, glitter, magazines, card stock paper…etc. For your actual card, it can be as simple as a piece of white printer paper or some fancy/colored/thick scrapbook paper you’ve had since middle school. Maybe use a brown paper bag or a gift bag that has a fun print on it that you’ve been saving to re-use.

Step 2: Weed through magazines and cut out letters to spell out their name or a word that describes them. Look for images or words that remind you of them when flipping through magazines.

Step 3: Start gluing away! Add polka dots or write out their name in glue and sprinkle glitter on top – cut out a picture of their head and put it on Oprah’s body…etc…etc…oh and don’t forget the back of the card. That’s prime real estate to get creative!

Happy card making to you!

The wonderful world of wallpaper

I love me some wallpaper.

When it came time to re-decorate a wall in our bedroom/nursery, I knew wallpaper was the way to go without spending too much money (and putting more nail holes in the wall). Wallpaper can be EXPENSIVE but I found lots of affordable options on Carter and Main, Amazon and Walls Need Love. We wanted a print that was mature enough for adults but young enough for baby. We decided on a peel and stick wallpaper because we live in a rental and it will be easy (hopefully) to take down. We landed on a whimsical forest print and love the way it turned out! You would think with the bold and dark pattern it might make the room feel smaller, but it actually made it feel bigger. Wallpaper is also a safe way to decorate a wall where a crib is up against – there’s no heavy mirror or framed art that could fall on your little one.

Final Pick: Amazon’s Groovy Garden

Total Cost: Wallpaper + extremely sharp cutting tool + smoothing tool = $131.96

Some Tips: Before ordering, measure your walls to see how much you’ll need. We got by with 4 rolls for 1 wall that measures 14 feet by 16 feet and had enough leftover to cover part of my closet. You could also use the leftovers in a drawer, cover the back of a bookshelf, or frame it for a piece or art.

Before & After

Below are some prints that might just be what you’re looking for to add some flavor to a room.

Dreamy and full of wonder | Wild! | Sweet for a nursery, bedroom or bathroom | Fun and corky | Calming | Modern neutral | Bold and artsy

Happy wallpapering to you!

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