Hi everyone, hope you're sharing this Memorial Weekend with the ones you love. Today I'm sharing this card portfolioi ensemble I made for a quick gift. With the price of gas sky rocketing, I think everyone will get hand made items for gifts this year!!
I've been meaning to mention this....although gas prices are causing many of us to stay home more and order supplies, etc. online, it's very important to support your local scrapbook and stamping stores. Many of these shops are closing down due to online shopping capabilities and bigger craft stores moving into town. If you love to have a store nearby, support them all you can....send your friends there.....tell them you love their store.......tell them what you'd like to see in their stores. They need your business as well as our favorite online stores. I am lucky enough to have a local scrapbook store about 40 minutes from me and it is my all time favorite. It's called Scrapbooks, Etc and is located in Topeka, Kansas. I've known the two sister owners and all the wonderful gals that work there since the store opened some ten or so years ago...we've become friends and they always greet me with a smile. Hi ladies!! Okay, back to my post...I just wanted to give a shout out for the local businesses!
Taylor from Taylored Expressions sparked my idea for this stationery ensemble with some of her wonderful creations. I made a set of these simple stationery notecards (no fold, 1/4 sheet of cardstock for the base) for a friend for a quick gift. I used Papertrey patterned paper, cardstock, ink and stamps. By lining the envelope, the *boutique* factor of this little set increases tremendously.
Here's the set of four notecards with envelopes photographed below. Easy peasy to make but such a fancy schmansy little gift.
For the packaging, I made a simple portfolio of sorts. I folded a piece of cardstock like a book cover and added the patterned paper to the front. Add a stamped sentiment and some pretty polka dot ribbon and my gift was complete. Sorry I don't have the dimensions for the portfolio, I just winged it and put it all together quickly. The ribbon wraps all around the portfolio and ties on the side that you open. Sentiment was made with the Papertrey Simple Alphabet stamp set.
I need to create more little gift sets like this to have on hand. I don't know how many times I'd like to have a hostess, teacher or quick birthday gift. I can always package up a set of cards but I love the look of this coordinated ensemble. I'm adding this to my list of things to do. Hope you enjoy!!