Happy Valentine's Day!! Unlike you, we didn't have to make a bunch of Valentine's cards for classmates this year. However, Ben still owed thank you cards to friends and family members for Christmas gifts (shameful, I know), so I finally decided to combine the two occasions: hearty Valentine-y thank you cards.
We've had so many snowy and rainy days this winter that I've been jumping on any project that requires several steps to complete. This ends up keeping us busy for several mornings at home. In this case, we decided to make collages to then use in making cards. The first step was to cut a bunch of different papers into little bits. Fun!
We used some of Ben's paintings that I'd saved up for months (years?), as well as catalogs and magazines. The best magazines for getting some good paper bits are gardening, food and travel magazines. You get so many fantastic textures in the images: flowers, beans, landscapes, maps, tiles, polka dots, etc.
Once we had filled up our box (formerly housing fabulous almond shortbread snowmen cookies from Trader Joe's!) with a bunch of paper bits, we lathered some construction paper in Mod Podge and went to town covering it with these paper bits.
Once the first layer was dry, we went over it with Mod Podge to sort of secure all the paper bits into one solid layer. I love the look of these collages!
A few days later, I cut cardstock paper in half and folded those pieces in half to make cards. I cut hearts out of the collage sheets, and rectangles (slightly smaller than my cardstock cards) out of construction paper. With Mod Podge, again, we pasted red rectangles and then hearts cut from the collage onto the cards.
And there you have them. Fun little cards that kept us entertained for several mornings, cutting, gluing, arranging...
I apologize to our family and friends who will see these cards here before receiving them. I am on an alternate schedule called Baby-wakes-me-up-200-times-per-night-and-I-no-longer-know-which-day-it-is Time, and thus our cards will be late!
Jenny, what a creative way to use paper scraps! The collages look great, and it is so fun for 3 year olds to use scissors! I love the way the cards turned out. How do you organize all the paper scraps you collect? I get overwhelmed by the piles sometimes, and end up recycling it all instead.