Sunday, 24 January 2010

A Scrapper Turned Card Maker!

Perhaps I am unusual but I started my paper crafting with Scrapbooking - lots of people seem to have been cardmakers and then gone on to scrapping but I am the opposite. I love to scrap, I feel like I am ok at it and it is relatively easy for me to sit down, play with paper and end up (admittedly not always quickly) with a layout.

Now cards always stressed me out! I WANTED to make cards, for goodness sake the amount of money I gave to Clintons every Christmas meant I really NEEDED to make cards but I just didn't get it!

Then a lovely crafting friend pointed out the blindingly obvious - treat the card as if it were a scrapbook layout but instead of photos and journaling the key elements were the sentiment and the embellishment. It is so simple but it was my little lightbulb moment. I would never say I am an expert card maker, or even a very good card maker, but making cards doesn't cause me so much stress now - it is also a great way to use up your scraps (both of my cards below were made with bits from my scraps box) and Suzanne will be doing a specific feature on card making with scraps very soon so keep an eye out for that!

For the first time last Christmas I made every single Christmas card I gave. I also made around 90% of the birthday cards I gave out last year too and aim to make it 100% this year!

On that point of treating a card like a scrapbook layout I thought I would have a little play this aftenoon at creating a couple of quick and easy cards using the two sketches we have had on the blog for this month.
This card was based on my sketch posted HERE but changed to a rectangular format and with a few adjustments here and there.

This one I used Ann's sketch posted HERE. i loved the photo placement and grouping in her layout so I used patterned aper to recreate the shapes and positioned the sentiment where she had her journaling space.

They were of course layout sketches but following the idea of pretending my card is a page I used them as my starting point. As always with sketches the end product doesn't always match the sketch exactly but the idea came from the sketch and that is what a sketch is all about - getting a design idea - if your final layout or card ends up identical to the sketch then that is fine, but if you develop it in a slightly different direction that is fine too - it's all good!

How did you get into paper crafting? Were you a card maker turned scrapper? A scrapper first and a card dabbler like me? Or did you wander through a whole host of crafts before settling on scrapping?


  1. Well I was a card maker first and then after six years of it I turned to scrapbooking, I have such problems trying to make cards now but I love what you have done and will try this method and see if I can make some cards again.

  2. Beautiful cards :)
    I found scrapbooking first & make cards for friends + family now. I've always been into arts & crafts from a young age though.

  3. Pretty cards indeed!
    I was a card maker and dabbled in cross stitch before finding scrapbooking. Nearly six years on and I'm making cards again, and much better ones in my opinion because, like Mel, I treat them as mini layouts and use up my scrapbooking left overs! Saves an absolute fortune!

  4. I was reluctantly pulled kicking and screaming into the world of scrapping several years ago - but I now make (not very good) cards for friends and family. Like you it was primarily a cost cutting exercise - but they now expect a hand made not shop bought card.

  5. fabulous cards.....I am with you on how I started. My Mum always tried to get me into a crafty hobby, but nothing really 'stuck' with me....knitting a scarf looked like a map of africa complete with lakes. Then scrapping came along....Christmas I got a SI mag....then I found my local crop.....and the rest as they say is history.....card making came second....wanted to send a card that was more special and personal, and now I refuse to pay the extortionate prices in the card shops. lol...I hope that by starting now I can send only handmade cards this Christmas (I can hope can't I??) lol

  6. Beautiful cards love the 2nd one!!!
    I have crafted since it feels like forever and tried loads of things but my love is pretty papers for cardmaking,altering to scrapbooking.
    Love to give as gifts and make someone smile.