Recycled, Reused, Reduced

I have been making my Christmas cards since 1988. And like most calligraphers, I think, I am a hoarder when in comes to paper. Not just luscious sheets of beautiful paper, but SCRAPS! I have saved the tiniest bits of paper left over from projects from years gone by. I’ve managed to keep them somewhat organized (by color) so for my Christmas card for 2012, I decided to use nothing but items already found in my studio. All I had to do was buy the stamps! Here’s a look at how the cards turned out.

I embossed on heavy foil (left over from some whim of a purchase)
I embossed on heavy foil (left over from some whim of a purchase)

The quotation for my card chosen, I then decided to have the “base” of my card be the heavy card stock inserts that are used for those small escort card envelopes. I had LOTS of them. With the size of the card in mind, I decided to cover the “plain” cards with embossed foil. I embossed large sheets of various colors.

I wrapped the inserts with foil
I wrapped the inserts with foil
I added a cover paper, then added the printed quotation.
I added a cover paper, then added the printed quotation.

I added the cover paper – which were trimmed down ends from yet another project. The quotation was scanned into my computer then printed on scraps of Arches Text Wove – that was an experiment – but went through my printer just fine! The quotation was layered on pieces of old commercial greeting cards – yes, I save those, too – and other pieces of left over decorative papers.

I cut and gathered all the parts to be assembled
I cut and gathered all the parts to be assembled

Since I was working with leftovers I had quite a variety of color to work with. I ended up with a few color schemes so I gathered all the parts into piles and started my assembly line. Final touches were ribbon and a personal greeting (printed on more left over insert cards) added to each one. The result was a card/ornament.

Various resulting color-schemes
Various resulting color-schemes
Waiting for next year
Waiting for next year

It felt great to be able to create the entire project using “stuff” found in my studio. Unfortunately, though, the whole project resulted in more scraps, which, of course, I have saved.

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8 thoughts on “Recycled, Reused, Reduced

  1. Sally what a wonderful idea! I love that they become an ornament! what a beautiful addition to a tree or even add to the garland! thanks for sharing!

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  2. From Mom: I have ALL your beautiful cards, and when we receive the latest one, I look at and cherish all the others. You are a wonder!

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  3. We, too, love your cards. There is one that we keep out all year long. This year’s ornament we will treasure.

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  4. I just found your blog & LOVE IT! you do exquisite lettering! although i’m not at that level & am no longer interested in doing much commissioned work, I could immediately relate to so much on your posts: I have 2 boys, a studio that gets so messy I close the door on it (sometimes I wonder why I don’t just go in there & create), save scraps & scraps of paper (love what you’ve done here!), knit in the living room (but have since found that zentangling works great while sitting in front of the TV).
    Francie in Alberta, Canada

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  5. Francie! Glad you found my blog. I have been very neglectful as of late. I am often amazed by the discipline of some people I follow! Your comment has inspired me to update it! Promise! 🙂 This week! I spent a week at Cheerio which I plan to write about soon, soon, soon. The week inspired three almost-finished pieces!

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