December 30, 2009

Theme Thursday....

...and a little habit of mine.   Notice the background from the card below?  It's actually the cover of a large slab of 12x12 paper I just bought.  Thought I'd share a little (strange maybe?)  habit I have when I buy a new pad of paper--which I seem to be doing a lot of lately.  Anyway, I cannot leave the paper in pad form.
I have to rip out every sheet (and in this case it was 48 of them).  I cannot stand having paper I don't like mixed in with paper I do.  So I sort out the "don't like's" and usually pitch them and then organize the papers that I'm keeping.
When that is done I feel compelled to immediately do something with the samples that are usually on the front cover.  Which is great because it's heavy cardboard and can be used for a number of things.  My last pad of paper was punched into heart shapes, which gave me a variety of colors and designs to use for upcoming Valentine's Day projects.  But this pad I've used above really had a nice sized grid pattern to it, so I used this piece for a card background.  The larger shape on the grid worked perfectly for my image. 


I worked this into Theme Thursday's challenge for this week of "fly."
My image and butterfly are from Digital Collage Sheets. 
The sentiment I stamped in two parts is from Hampton Arts.

27 comments:

Kelly said...

gorgeous! perfect sentiments to go with your piece!

Nancy said...

lovely card for the theme! thanks for the tip too, I like the idea of using the cover of paper pads and of organizing the paper for ease of use...it's a great idea!

Lori Saul said...

What a lovely vintage card- beautiful soft color and images! Happy New Year Louise!

JeanFB said...

Fabulous idea to use the sample grid - looks beautiful!

Amy said...

real beauty...
I loved reading what you do with your paper's..lol.
Nice to reuse some of the cover's of the pad's..I've done the same and they make for cute square's.
CUTE girl to and nice stamping

Rein said...

This is so lovely.

johanna said...

this is a wonderful layout! i love the grid scheme!

Jacqueline said...

Wow, this is such a delightful card Louise, love everything about it also the design! I love the creativity you made it with!
BTW - a little tip for those papers you 'pitch' (nice American word) - why don't you use those for printing on? If they are light colored then a vintage image gets a different look.... also for backing of tags or other projects.. just a thought! Have a lovely old and new!!

Cuchy said...

Great idea Louise. I also cut the sample grid out from the cards packs. they are tiny images perfect for ATCs.
You made a beautiful vitage card. Love it.

Sandy said...

OMG Louise this is darling.
Fantastic cad. Love them.

Sarah said...

I really didn't hear you say "pitch" as in throw away did I? We need to talk!!!

Rhonda said...

This is terrific, Louise, your background using the cover of the paper pad is brilliant. Love your image. Best wishes for a happy and creative 2010! Cheers!

ScrappyPam said...

You actually throw out paper?? Oh, the horror!! I can't, even if I don't like it. (But I will RAK it.)

Love this piece - great job reusing!

vintagesusie said...

What a sweet little card, I think this little girl is just adorable...great work!

joy said...

Yikes!! Throw paper away??? I couldn't bear to do so! If I don't like it, I give it away or I cut it up for the back of ATC's (or tags) and just use as a base for a collage!

Love this grid design - the image does fit perfectly!!

Lynifyni said...

This is so beautiful, Louise! Bravo! LynnF

Silvia said...

Beautiful, love all the details.

Lynn Stevens said...

What A Great idea. Never know what to do with the paper pads and to use the cover brillant! Your card came out beautiful. Thanks for the tip!

Faye said...

Louise, this piece shows why you are a great artist! You have such an imagination and ability to be innovative. This is really beautiful!

Evelyn S. said...

This is a wonderful creation, Louise! That darling little girl is perfect for the colors and the layout.

kathy said...

Louise this is wonderful --Ok about paper packs --How do you stroe your paper ?? in groups - style -color ?? Trying to get organized here -- this is on my
New Year to do list ---and
would love to see your creative space -- ot pics of how you organize -- have bought a book and also mags in the past -- But actual art bloggies give the best ideas -HAPPY NEW YEAR _BLessings - Kathy -ga ♥

Elaine said...

What a great habit. I use my covers to cut out on the cricut, but this idea of yours, I'll have to try it. Beautiful card.
Elaine

Athena said...

This is awesome! It's so beautiful!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Aren't you clever! Love this creation Louise!! I will certainly take a closer look at the covers on my pads of 12x12 papers!!
Happy New Year to you & your family!!! Hope your holidays were wonderful!

Lyneen said...

thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement... I will take your advice and be patient.

As always a beautiful card.

Karen said...

Beautiful card for the theme..

Gerrie Johnnic said...

A wonderful piece, just love it!