Making Some Notecards

Notecards by Natalie Parker

I went paper shopping last year in Sydney.  I brought home lots of goodies.  I’ve used some of them but haven’t touched these cute envelopes.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

I picked them up at Kikki.K, a rad stationary store chain.

The thing is, since the envelopes are by themselves, I’ve never used them.  It’s been over a year.  I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use them but never think anything is cool enough or matches well enough to go with them.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

My stationary box is busting at the seams, so these have to get used.  I decided to make some matchy notecards so they’re ready next time I have to send a note.

I had this shimmery stock laying around.  It isn’t acid free so I can’t use it in my scrapbooks.  I’m psyched I found a use for it.  I glued some white stock to the other side to make the cards nice and hefty.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

I love how they turned out!  Hopefully I’ll actually use these very soon!

Notecards by Natalie Parker


Paper Treats from China

Paper Goods from ChinaA friend of mine asked me what I wanted to shop for in China.  Paper, I said.  Paper, really?  Yup, paper.

People think I’m a weirdo when I want to shop for paper products on vacation.  I’m not looking for scrapbook stores but random interesting paper that I can make into something.  Remember when I tried to by blank papyrus in Egypt last year?

I came away with lots of goodies!  The picture above is several big sheets of paper with pretty designs.  It’s actually supposed to be used as wrapping paper.  However, this stuff is heavy duty, very unlike flimsy American wrapping paper.  It’s probably not acid free, so no scrapbooking with it.  I’ll definitely make something cool though!

Next, I picked up pretty postcards and notecards.  There were a bunch of cute paper/card shops on a neat street called Nanluoguxiang in Beijing and I had to stop in each one.

Paper Goods from ChinaOf course, I ended up with a stack of pretty tickets from the sites we visited.  Some of the tickets even double as postcards!  Clever!

Paper Goods from ChinaFinally, I snapped up this blank little book.  It’s small, just a few inches square.  I have a really cool project in mind for this little book.  Stay tuned!

Paper Goods from ChinaDo you shop on vacation?  What types of things do you shop for?

Postcards as Notecards

Do you ever travel somewhere and end up with more postcards than you need?

Oh, I’m the only one that buys a ton of postcards.

Well, if you do have postcards lying around, consider using them as notecards!  Maybe you have a couple of postcards leftover from a vacation.  Maybe you bought a stack and didn’t get a chance to send them.

I had a big stack of postcards from our trip to the Middle East.  Instead of leaving them in a box, I started using them as notecards whenever I was sending something.  If they don’t fit in an envelope, just trim them down.  They worked especially well when I was sending people gifts we picked up on the trip.

Hey, you can even try this by grabbing pretty postcards from your own town!

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