This week, I thought we could chat about all the ways we put our mad scrapbooking skills to use that have little to do with formal scrapbooking! The skills we now possess don't only help us create fun pages, but also so much more! Sure, they don't make the bed or do windows, but they do come in handy for other things...
Today we are going to focus on place cards and tags.
Long ago I fell more than just a little bit in love with fonts. I love the mood they create. I love how they make my pages so pretty and error free. I love how I can space them to my liking. I love how I can change their color.
I have long used fonts on my pages. Before photoshop, I did everything in WordPerfect. (I, to this day, have WordPerfect on my computer and think it a near-perfect program. Word has nothing on it... Just sayin'...) I tell you this as everything we are going to do today can be done in a word processing program, photoshop is not required. My 13 year old son uses Google Docs for nearly everything he does at school these days, and he could probably do most of it with that. (I'm too old to learn a new product at this point. Apologies.)
I have always loved a well set table. I grew up in Canada where my mom's jumping off point for manners was the fact that The Queen could possibly come for dinner one day and would we know how to behave. ("Would you put you elbow on The Queen's table?" "Would you put your feet up on The Queen's coffee table?" I had such reverence for the whole notion that I would fall into immediate and complete compliance. I have since tried it on my kids, to much less avail...)
So with a table set properly enough for a queen to appear, one must have place cards. Admittedly, the nice ones only get printed for holidays. Here are ours from the past two Thanksgivings.
Two years ago, the names were printed and the owls matched the centerpieces. It was very fancy. (heehee!) This past year, I printed generic placecards and the girls hand wrote all the names. (And yes, I kept them. I love I'm-learning-to-print handwriting.)
I could have purchased some, but why? I am a scrapbooker. I have the skills to make my own. You do, too!
First, divide your document into four to eight cards. From there just add a little digital element (You know mine will most likely come from Crystal. My product crushes run deep and long.) and a bit of text, or the names, or whatever you would like. Here is how mine looked all on one sheet.
Here are the 2010s all on one paper. In hindsight, eight per page might have made them a tiny bit too small, but I suffer from Frugality disease.
Handmade placecards. A small touch, but one I wouldn't have done before I scrapbooked. And such a sweet addition to a holiday table.
We like to share treats from our house. The girls love to be the delivery people and present the items with great flourish. And while the treat is important, the most beloved part for me is making the tags.
Again, just a little bit of digi product, a few fonts, some white cardstock, and a trimmer and you are good to go. Sometimes I get a bit crazy and bring in a punch or two. Just because I have them. Because I am a scrapbooker and I have cool tools!!
Here are a few sheets of the ready-to-be-printed tags that we have made this past year.
Year End Teacher Gift
And here are how they look attached:
Oooh, don't forget to print one more than you need so you will have it for your scrapbook pages or project life!
Please come back tomorrow so we can explore more cool ways to use our skills!
But before I go, what would a day of love be without a little present? My cousin gave her husband a year of dates for Christmas! Such a snazzy idea! And perfect for Valentine's day, don't you think?
I put together three pages of printable pages that you can cut out and put together to create a year of dates for your sweetheart. I wanted to make something that could be gathered back together for a minialbum, which means you need to remember to take pictures on your dates!! (Isn't scrapbooking fun??)
I hope you like it!