Thursday, 28 April 2011

Captured in a Card #1

If you were here on Tuesday, you might have noticed the quick card I made. Well, I have a confession to make. I've never made cards before. Alright, I've made a couple of half hearted attempts; but the whole process never grabbed me. Until now. When the beautiful Emma's Shoppe papers appeared in my Gotta Craft kit, I suddenly - just wanted to make cards.

As I played around I thought about how much fun working on a small canvas really is. And that gave me an idea. What if I made a card, loved it, wanted to keep it? What if I made cards to fit inside 4x6 page protectors? And what if I used those cards as tiny scrapbook pages? You don't need a 12" square to tell a little story. One small moment, one quip, one quote you love. You only need a card. Maybe with space for a tiny photo, certainly with room for a favourite embellishment.

"When Grandpa Lex was a little boy during The Depression, he used to take off his shoes and hide them in the hedge before going into school, because so many of the other children had no shoes at all. This story stuck in my mind I think because he grew up to be a clergyman."

I love the thought of someone on a rainy Sunday afternoon sitting down and leafing through an album of cards. Pulling out one here and there and reading the memory inside. Like a collection of old postcards, maybe, or visiting cards. I've made one already. One card. One memory. Captured.

47 comments:

ceruleanblue said...

Sian, I love this idea, it's brilliant! And such a lovely story about your Grandpa. I started capturing some random memories in a digital format, but this really apppeals to me as a fab way to use up stash in a quick, and easy way. I predict a lot of people picking up on this idea

Lizzie said...

That's so nice, Sian! Lots of people do those small bits & pieces, then make them into albums, in those multi-pocket protector sleeves; this takes it a step further and I really like it. The idea of "journalling" inside the card is great. You could use a slip-in photo album (so inexpensive!), to hold your cards. A set of those, documenting a special occasion, would make a lovely present, but so much quicker to make than a whole 12" scrap album!

Lizzie said...

Oh, oh! Forgot - I would bind them into a mini-book... maybe with one book-ring on the corner, or maybe stitched together with Coptic stitch, so you could open out every card and have each front completely visible. But then you'd never lose one!

helena said...

I love this idea. I've been thinking simillar with digi - make a layout that is normal photo size

scrappyjacky said...

This is a great idea,Sian....a gorgeous sort of mini album....indeed, a mini card album.

Wanda said...

Did you need another version of your hobby(ies)? 'Cuz it looks like you might have found one!

The card is gorgeous and your idea is special too. Taking your thought of someone paging through an album of cards one step further...first they're attracted to card because of its design or color or whatever. Then imagine their surprise and pleasure when they open the card and find a mini-story to go with it. Nice, nice idea!

Angelfish said...

What a lovely idea and a great little snippet of family history:)

Cheryl said...

I think I remember you saying you weren't a cardmaker. Well, you've got the difficult part figured out (what to do with cards you don't want to give away). It's a great idea. I love it, and I think I will steal it, both to add another 'layer' to the memory-keeping, and to reinvigorate my own cardmaking.

cate said...

what a clever, simple idea. You'd never know you were a first time card maker, great job.

Amanda said...

That's a lovely achievable idea. Gorgeous card. You may not have many to put in an album though once the family spot them :)

The whistling crafter! said...

Sian, super dooper idea indeed! I've done this with an album of random memories - I made cards with embellies loosely based on the memory, wrote the memory inside them and then pegged them all together to make a mini album. Its one of my all-time favourite albums! Love the card too! I am *in awe* of Danielle Flander's cards - wish I could make cards even half as nice as hers ;) If you don't know her work, I would def. recommend a look at her blog!

Amy said...

Yes a great idea Sian, I would imagine the detail would appeal to you :-)

It is hard to believe you are a first timer - excellent results you should be proud of!

Karen said...

Fabulous card, and fabulous idea!

Sandie said...

I LOVE your card and I LOVE your idea! I came into scrapbooking and mini albums through card making. I have made cards for as long as I remember and they have evolved over time and taken a whole new form. But your take on adding a story is legendery! I have so many cards I have given away and wanted to keep for myself, so now I have reason to do so. Thank you for the idea and I look forward to seeing more that you make.

Cheri said...

I've already done several albums with 4x6 digi or hybrid layouts, but I love this idea for total paper. My personal twist on it would be to only make the card front (rather than a folded card) and then put the journaling/photo on the back side. That way, once put into an album, nobody would have to pull the cards out to read the stories that go with (unless you wanted it like hidden journaling, then the folded card is perfect!)

Sian said...

I really like the idea of someone pulling out the cards they especially like the look of to find the treasure inside. That's my favourite bit of the whole plan :)

S said...

Simply brilliant idea! And your wonderful scrapping skills certainly translate well to the smaller canvas.

laurie said...

what a wonderful idea! and it really is the small stories that make up a life. i think you are really on to something here. the story about your grandfather is so very touching and the card is a visual delight.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Sian ~ Not only do I love the card and your idea for gathering memories in small bits, but I am touched by the little note about your grandfather's kindness even as a young boy. That shows amazing character at such an early age. It's wonderful! xo

Denise said...

A truly lovely idea- I used to make cards but haven't for ages- I love what you've done and the story to go with it is very special. The idea of taking the little card out with the memory inside is perfect x

Jennifer said...

What an amazing idea!! Sometimes when I make a card, I don't want to put too much of the "good" stash on it, as I figure it might end up in the garbage. With your idea, I would go all out! Your card is beautiful!! Love the idea of keeping them in 4x6 protectors. :)

Melissa said...

Oh Sian, what a great idea. And so much fun to document the little stories that we might not want to create a huge layout for. Thanks for the idea!

Hey Birdie Designs said...

I love it!

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

What a great idea! I hear people say to make cards when you have extra supplies left from making a page, but I don't tend to send handmade cards because people throw them away. This idea seems like a much better use of my time. Thanks for sharing!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the idea, too! And, as I mentioned the other day, I knew you had the cardmaking gene.
Rinda

Kirsty.a said...

I did 6x4 for my JYC last year, and surprised myself by really loving the small format. I usually did a scrap page on one side and more extensve journalling on the other.
Glad Blogger let you comment on me today. I got 20 comments out of 28 pageviews for my Day in Photos (love those Stats!) so I think the problem must have been your end

Gail said...

Great idea! Like your first card.

Carrie said...

Love all the layering & details on the card. What a thoughtful boy your Grandfather was. Sweet.

Linda said...

Oh I do love that card! And the idea of little scrapbook pages with just one memory per page, fabulouso!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Making cards has never grabbed me either, and I make one here or there but you are a NATURAL my dear!!! WOW!!!!!!! I love it! So inspiring! xoxo

Connie said...

awesome card!!! Love jenni stuff!!!

Jinnag said...

Such a lovely idea - and love the card too - I think you might just ahve started a trend! J x

Gem's Crafts said...

What a lovely idea, and even the children could get involved on that small a scale - if you don't mind sharing your stash that is!

Lisa said...

how lovely, how original, how touching. love it.

Ginger said...

Isn't it funny how we come up with great ideas after trying something we've not done before? I love this card... the amount of detail you have managed to create on such a small area... it's priceless... just like the story that it holds :)

Beverly said...

The card is gorgeous, the story about your grandfather beautiful and your idea genius!

Winnie said...

This is a really great idea Sian!

Scribble Monster said...

Clever you, I was at a retreat with my UKS friends and a friend there has a 6x4 photo holder at the front of her 12x12 album where she was keeping the photos she wanted to scrap in that album. I was struck athe time that to put in a photo on one side and a paper layout the other with a journaling spot on the other, but this is much much better. Inspired....and your layout is so perfect. It would also be thrifty as others have said, which appeals to me as I'm on a stash diet. Thanks Sian.

Alison said...

What a brilliant idea Sian! I used to enjoy making cards, but put myself under so much pressure to be 'perfect' that I stopped. This way, I could enjoy the process again, not feel under pressure and have another way of keeping those memories-thank you for the inspiration...and mum is coping a bit better today thanks!
Alison xx

scrappysue said...

Sian, I have to admit, I am just replacing my jaw that dropped at (a) your beautiful card (b) the fact that you can create something this fabby even though you don't make cards normally and (c) at what a perfectly wonderful idea this is. Plus I have to admit that when I make cards, I hardly ever want to give them away!

scrappysue said...

Oh gosh, that sounded like I didn't think you normally created fabby projects, and I do! Oh and what a wonderful thing your Grandfather did too.

Louise said...

Sian, how did i miss this post!!!

This is a fab idea and would you beleive I've just ordered some 4x6 page protectors....with all these lovely comments maybe you should take us through the whole process, card by card tutorials....one a month, so there's no pressure. Ark at me lol!! I'd definatley play along with you xx

Rachel B said...

Fab, fab, fab! I love it Sian, I look forward to seeing more :)

Sandra said...

What a great idea - and a lovely story to go with it.

I truly think its such a wonderful idea, and a lovely thing to look back on.

jennifer said...

Such a beautiful card Sian, I'm sure you'll be making many more. It's a fantastic idea too - I often feel I'd like to keep the cards I make, and if I use them to journal then I've got a great excuse - thanks! x

Tinkertaylor said...

Welcome to the world of card making. Next you too will be collecting stamps. Beautiful card and if you can't bear to part with your card make two lol

Jane said...

what a great idea!

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