Happy Birthday to You ("Made from the Heart" with scraps!)

Here's a card I made one afternoon using up some fun scraps I had from a retired paper pack. I'm sure you all know what it's like to hoard those fun bits of paper from a group of papers you will miss. Well, I needed a birthday card and wanted to use those bright and cheerful bits of paper.

Card - main photo.jpg

Here's where I got my inspiration for my card. I often turn to sketches to help when I'm in a funk. I use Pinterest, YouTube or other resources like Close To My Heart's Make It From the Heart (Vol. 4). This volume is filled with card sketches and samples. Below you will see what caught my eye for this card.

Make It From Your Heart Vol 4.jpg
Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 Sketch.jpg
Make It From Your Heart Vol 4 Sample.jpg

One I had a plan of attack I needed to gather my supplies. In this case, I grabbed some scrap paper and my CTMH Basic Banners Thin Cuts and started cutting away.

Card Step 1 - cutting out banner p2.jpg

Once I had my banners and bits I started playing around with the layout and chose my "zip strip" for the border.

Card Step 2 - zip strip.jpg

Now that I knew what I wanted to do with my banners I needed to form the top base to my card and lined it up with the banners.

Card Step 5 - laying out pieces.jpg

Next, I pulled out my Pixie ink pad and a fun birthday stamp from CTMH's Birthday Sparkles and worked on my card's sentiment.

Card Step 3 - stamping sentiment.jpg

Now for more layering and I'm on my way to being finished.

Card Step 6 - mat for sentiment.jpg
Card Step 7 - adding zip strip.jpg

I always try to decorate the inside of my card. I use something from the main card and, in this case, I had some left over banners. I layered them in the top right hand corner and voila!

Card Step 8 - the inside.jpg

Here are the highlights of the card with some of the supplies. Hopefully this project inspired you to look around for inspiration in sketches to make your next card or scrapbook layout.

Card with basic supplies.jpg

Other than my paper scraps and adhesive, here's the basic supplies I used from Close To My Heart:

Make It From the Heart Volume 4

Thin Cuts - Basic Banners

Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set

Pixie Ink Pad

Koi Fish from logo.png