My pile of finished index cards of the year is growing. I’m keeping them together on my desk with a rubber band for now. They record the summer days passing (all too quickly) in a hot fury.
I’m grateful to be able to take the time to create them, to have the joy of creating these little vignettes of color and inspiration. As much as they’re “for fun” they’re also important, because they’re part of my summer day(s).
I’m also grateful that I have this place so that I can share them with you guys!
I have noticed that I film a lot more than I edit and share… And as it has been raining a few days this summer, I’ve spent time going through old files. I found footage that I never used for anything, just waiting to be edited into something view-able. So that’s what I’ve spent my time doing. Editing videos. Compiling little “quick tips” for example, like this (very quick one) that I want to share today.
It’s a bit similar to another video I made, on how to create embellishments by stamping on thicker paper, and cutting the figures out to use later. I love “stocking up” on home made embellishments like this, to have on hand when I’m in journaling mood and just want to stick something down on the page quickly to get going.
How to create cheap card-stock embellishments
Here’s the video, I hope you like it and find it useful.
Video: Create Cardstock Embellishments – if you can’t see the video embedded above please click here to see the video on YouTube. When you’re there feel free to like it and share it with your friends too.
If you don’t have plastic bag packages like this one, you could also cut out other print media that comes on thicker paper, like figures from thrifted playing cards, used postcards, fancy gift boxes you’re given and even gift bags with pretty images on.
I’d love to know how you save money in similar ways? Feel free to add other ideas on how to create personal and fun embellishments that you don’t have to buy!?
Recycle, re-use, re-think everything you see – and save the environment (a few trees perhaps?) while you’re at it.
Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon. C. Day Lewis
In my last index card post I showed index cards from June 17 to 23, week 25 of the year. These are from week 26, the last week of June. I hope you like them. Let me know if you find a favorite.
This first one (above on a pink index card) is yet another intro card, because I felt like using the DaisyYellow quote about the ICAD challenge somewhere appropriate. This felt appropriate to me. I like it a lot more than my first intro card, that say “ICAD” witch bold, cut out, pasted letters.
I absolutely love all things notebooks and paper, as regular readers of this blog already knows. And that love also includes planners and calendars, or what ever you want to call them. And the idea of planning your day out, setting long term goals, picking a focus, working towards the bigger picture… But how do one do that really? How?
Back when I was in school it was easy to fill out my planner with dentist appointments each week and such, but these days it can be more of a struggle… But still, I love the idea of being on top of things. Being my own boss…
I got to take a creative summer class last week, which was just lovely. There I got to experiment with clay and then painting for a bit, out of my comfort zone surrounded by people and with new materials. It was nice, but it made me so tired I didn’t manage to post any updates to the blog about ICAD… But today I’ve finally photographed the index card of week two in June, and I’m excited to share them.
ICAD June 10 – Monday at Home (but I did get out of bed so it’s a win, right?).
I’ve made a few very colorful collages, that are overflowing with cute images. Tape, stickers, prints, postal stamps, and happy patterned papers are some of the ingredients. I love these so much!
The first week of ICAD/June is done, and I have seven freshly baked index cards to show for it. On the back of each one I do my daily journaling blurb, a little note about what I’ve done or thought about. But on the front, I’ve painted or done a playful little collage this week.
June three – painted polka dots.
Please DO waste art materials. Use paper. Empty paint jars. Deplete pens. If it’s teaching you stuff, it’s not being wasted.
Working on index cards again reminds me of summer’s past, when I’ve done the same. It brings back memories and images I’d almost forgotten. It’s such a lovely little thing to do…
ICAD could stand for irresistible challenge, right? At least it seams that that’s what it is to me. Irresistible. And quite doable too. Those of us who has tried it, can not resist being pulled back in and doing it year after year. But ICAD stands for “index card a day”. It’s an art challenge on index cards.
And in case you’re scratching your head, wondering what the heck index cards are, they are those writing cards you could make registers with at the office, mostly before we had computers… My favorite are ruled, with a red divider line at the top for “title” of your card. There’s blank ones too, but that’s kind of cheating to me. What I love about them is that they’re office supplies that nobody thought to use before Tammy, who invented this challenge, did. I love that!
You can still buy index cards in good book stores or office supplies shops (or online where you’ll find a bigger selection of white, colored or even neon index cards! ), but around here we just use them for play and art.
In my blog post On the Receiving End I showd a few of the postcards I got in the DIY postcard swap
last year (you can still join today – don’t miss out!). Here are the rest from that lovely pile of postcards that I received:
DIY Postcard created by Julia, who sent her postcard out in an equally beautifully decorated envelope. I even got a “bonus postcards”, which I find hilarous:
I am all over the place with Art Journaling. Or not at all, I’m not sure. I am not really working consistently in the different books I have going at the moment, so I should concentrate on just one or two I guess…
Maybe I need to finish those ongoing art journals or simply be more concentrated by working in just one at a time, like I used to do when I first started art journaling. But instead of writing about my struggles with being consistent and the sometimes confusing maintenance of living an artistic life, I’m doing the opposite. I’m starting in a new notebook! Because, heh, it’s fun.