Square Business Cards + Book Pages

Grad Student Square Business Cards by Natalie Parker

Being a grad student, you have to market yourself.  Or so they tell me.  Most grad students in my field have business cards for networking purposes.  I designed these for a conference I went to earlier this year.

Being me, I had to make them stand out!  They’re definitely crafter + archives student +  designer + I heart fonts.

I created them in Picasa, saved them as jpeg’s, then print on white stock and cut them using Silhouette Studio.  My name is written in Century Gothic and the bottom font is Klinic Slab.

And as if squares weren’t unique enough, I glued pages from A Tale of Two Cities to the back.  The book pages were leftover from my book wall art.

What do you think?  It was a pretty quick project!  It only took me one evening to finish.

Grad Student Square Business Cards by Natalie Parker

Mail Art Exchange: Words

Mail Art ExchangeI was excited to participate in another volume of Ginger’s Mail Art Exchange!  If you are interested in participating, read more about it on Ginger’s blog here.

The theme was Words.  Below is the awesome piece I received.  Scroll further down for pictures of what I sent.

Alexa’s Mail to Me

Alexa sent a lovely piece of mail to me – very exciting to receive when I got home from China.

Mail Art ExchangeShe used pages from a copy of Modern Manners to create the piece (the tag made me smile).

Mail Art ExchangeI love how she stitched everything!

Mail Art ExchangeInside was a lovely card and other goodies!

Mail Art ExchangeThanks for the nice surprise Alexa!

My Mail to Jemma

I couldn’t believe my luck with the “words” theme.  I still have a ton of leftover book pages from the Book Project/Wall Art.

Mail Art ExchangeI had a lot of fun making the envelope.  I used strips from several different books for a neat effect.  I glued them to a piece of cardstock, then Mod Podged the top.

Mail Art ExchangeAfter it dried, I cut out the envelope.

Mail Art ExchangeInside I included a card with book page butterflies on it.

Mail Art ExchangeJemma blogged about the finished product here.  Thanks again Ginger for hosting the exchange!

Book Coasters – Harry Potter Style

Harry Potter CoastersAnother project to use up the leftovers from my book project/wall art!

Note – I am not going into detail about all the steps here.  For full detailed instructions on making coasters, including troubleshooting info, visit my map coaster tutorial.

I know the best way to make coasters and I had all sorts of book pieces lying around.  First up – some Harry Potter coasters for my sister-in-law.  I love Harry Potter, but they really love Harry Potter over at their house.  My niece got a Harry Potter-themed room when she was born!

The steps here are exactly the same as I followed when I made the map coasters.  I took the leftover Harry Potter pages and picked eight favorites.  I still have a bunch of coasters that I got at the dollar bin at Michaels.

Harry Potter Book CoastersI cut out circles and Mod Podged them to the coasters.  I used a couple layers of Hard Coat Mod Podge to seal them.  Guess what I discovered?  When you seal book pages with Mod Podge there are no streaks!  These turned out prettier than my map coasters!

Harry Potter Book CoastersI sprayed them with my clear spray paint to seal and totally waterproof them.  After they dried, I added a pretty ribbon and wrapped them up.  Then I wondered if I needed more coasters at home because these were seriously cool.

Harry Potter Book CoastersSeriously, how many coasters do you pick up and get read about when Harry Potter first learned to fly a broom?

Harry Potter Book Coasters

Mail Art Exchange

I love mail art.A few weeks ago, I participated in Ginger’s Mail Art Exchange!  I designed a piece of mail for Danielle over at EcoScrapbook.  Danielle already posted the finished product, but I wanted to show you the process!

Mail ArtThe theme was “Earth.”  This was too perfect because I was designing for Danielle, who is very big on using eco-friendly materials.  I was determined to use only what I had in my stash and better yet – I didn’t use anything that was ever purchased new.

I picked up pieces of magazines I had been saving and picked a page from a leftover book from The Book Project (my massive book wall art project).

Mail Art SuppliesI decided it would be even cooler if I sent a postcard.  I used a 5×7″ piece of chipboard that came with a Snapfish photo order.

Mail Art SuppliesI tore strips from the magazine and book pages, hoping for a raw sort of look.  I glued everything down to one side of the card.  I used a black pen to add some text that I thought was really neat.

Mail ArtI decided not to Mod Podge or seal the top.  First, Mod Podge doesn’t do well on glossy paper (it beads up).  Second, I actually wanted the card to get distressed going through the mail.

I kept the front really plain and glued a picture of the Earth that I cut out of a museum brochure.

Mail ArtIf you’d like to participate in Ginger’s Mail Art Exchange, visit here to learn more about it!