a month of makeover monday’s

I have been…or was supposed to be taking these last few months to focus on getting invitation designs together.  I swore off craft shows for the year (Nothing personal, they just take most of the limited time that I have to work on SLD related projects), with the hopes of creating some new invitation designs.  After all, it was always my primary desire to design unique, affordable invitations.

Of course, the best laid plans… well, let’s just say that orders have been steady(!!!), and I have yet again, pushed the invite design, (except those attached to paying clients) to the back burner.  As I see the months of pregnancy closing in on me, and baby #2 getting ready to make an appearance, I know this is my last chance to get some designing in before I close down shop for a nice loooong maternity leave.

So… a challenge!!   To complete 4 design conversions over the next month.  I am going to take the 4 new designs I posted about here  and create a birthday invite, 2 wedding invite suites, and a baby announcements.  The next 4 Mondays I will post how each of these card designs becomes an invitation!  The rules won’t be too strict, I can mimic the layout, or the paper, just the general theme from each design.  Excited to see how this turns out!!

the process

It should never surprise me how the design process is so full of twists and turns.

Yet it ALWAYS does.

Sometimes I step back from my final creation and think, “wait, how did I get here?”

Once back at home with all my new papers, I have some ideas rolling in my head.

Something like this

and something kinda like this

I had a desire, a picture in my head of something with layered patchwork with the floral papers, something vintagy, and springy, and textured… but clearly, I did not hit it with this one

I mean, it is fine, but it is nothing like the picture in my mind, and doesn’t shout “YES!!”

So I walk away.  Go about my day.  Pick up Saida from my sisters.  Show them to Ben.  Unsettle.

And then I walk past my desk, “what about burlap, and that other paper that I loved! I bet it matches the linen tape…”

And Bam!

There it is…

floral chiyogami linen tape vintage floral blue yellow teal sea grea

but you can’t blame me for being surprised when

chiyogami paper floral spring designs stationery

tiny paper hearts

Spoiler alert… If you are receiving a subscription and want to be surprised…there will be pictures in the post of a new design headed your way!

I have been waiting and waiting for a stinking craft spatula to arrive in the mail.  And it has really delayed the shipment of the 1st installment of the subscriptions, but after taking matters into my own hands and doing creative tweezing…I think we are finally on our way.  I will get all these finished tonight and in the mail tomorrow.  I feel pretty bad about the shipping delay, and I hope that the goodies will just make all my faithful subscribers forget about the wait.

I have been thinking about these cards for awhile and I love how they came out.  If you remember, a while back I mentioned that I invested in a silhouette cameo.  I have not had as much time as I would like to play with the lovely piece of equipment, that is sure to make my life much easier when it comes to producing larger orders.  Not having to hand punch or cut or roll plates through a machine will be a huge time saver.

I thought a heart would be a simple image to draw that would give me some practice using the software and I had an idea in mind, so I got to work.  I was able to design the heart in about 30 mins or so, which included me familiarizing myself with the machine and it’s software.  After replicating the image across the page, I was able to cut 70 paper hearts from one sheet of paper in a matter of minutes!  SO much faster and easier on my hand joints.  A step toward preventing arthritis!

valentines colorful paper hearts I still had to glue each of the little suckers to the card, and I found my trusty glue stick to work the best.  I started with a roller tape adhesive, but I found that even the narrowest pen I could find, still made getting to the edges difficult and left the heart looking like it was going to pop off the page.

Once all glued, I use a Paper Source alphabet set and Tsukineko Versafine ink (2 products I love) and I stamped i and u on two of the hearts and viola!

I can’t tell you specifically what cardstock colors these are, they are just what I had lying around.  Probably from those multi-packs you get at Michael’s…Recollections I think??

It came out just as I pictured.

cut hearts colorful valentine