What I Did With It (Part One)

Yes, part one! I was really, really hoping to have an amazing end product to show you from my "What Should I Do With This" post today, but I haven't had the time or motivation to finish working on it. Spring fever has us spending more time taking walks in the afternoon and/or evening, and the toddler is sometimes napping and sometimes not, which affords me a more sporadic working time. But, I do have a start to it, so I've got a little something to show you. I warn you- some of the pictures are not great. I do not have the greatest lighted space to work.

First the surprise: they are not flat cards at all, but folded cards! This is a little more of a challenge because even if I wanted to make some kind of a tag out of them (though they're a little too big), I couldn't because there is a fold.

So I figured I'd better start by doing something to cover up some of the white. If I were a handy and talented graphic designer, I suppose I could come up with something cute and/or clever and just print it. But I'm not, so.....tracing it is! Do you remember being in elementary school and having those oak tag tracers that you would use to make shapes? That's exactly what I did.

Lay card.


Cut with scissors. Yes, by hand.

Adhere layer to front of card.

So at that point I was feeling really excited and proud of my clever self. It was so quick and easy to cover up the white scallop card with a blue scallop layer, and I didn't even need a punch! Then I realized I needed something to go on top of it. Most all of my creations are layered paper designs, so in staying true to that, I needed another layer. So I figured I'd just try and cut out a smaller scallop by hand. I traced the card again and this time, cut inside the outline to make a smaller shape.

Hmm...not exactly Etsy quality.

Got some high-level math involved. Finding the center point....

Slightly better, but still not perfect.

And that is the point at which I am right now. I have something in mind to do to use for the middle scallop that I think is going to work perfectly (no, I didn't go out and buy a punch!), I just haven't had a chance to get to it yet. One thing for sure is that I won't be happy with it unless it looks pretty much perfect- I have somewhat of a perfectionistic streak- so if that doesn't turn out, I'll just scrap it and try something else. Stay tuned for Part Two, which will hopefully be the finished product!


  1. I for one can't wait to see what you do with this or to be more precise, the finished product.

  2. How fun to watch your creative process! I look forward to seeing the result.

  3. Awesome!


  4. Me too - can't wait to see the finished product:)

  5. I love in-progress posts like this. It's so interesting to see how other people work. Can't wait to see the finished product!