Working with paper

I am rediscovering that I love to work with my hands. That's probably why I'm taking a floral design class, a woodworking class, and teaching myself how to do handmade bookbinding. You'd think this would be a "no brainer" for me that I wouldn't have to rediscover, but for some reason I've forgotten this over time.

So yesterday, I decided to tackle the construction of a handmade booklet style portfolio to hold a set of 12 cards. All I had was something similar I'd picked up at the store. I pulled it apart to make a template, and then dove in to construct my own. It took me three tries, but I finally mastered it so that I like the result.

Now I can feature my notecards (like the Vintage Botanicals Collection) in nice neat little box that is pretty in its own right.

When I listed this on the Etsy store I decided to include a free set of 12 sheets of hand-cut and hand-embossed writing paper that are cut to fit into the notecards.

The story behind this paper is pretty cool. When we moved into Rosehaven Cottage, the previous owner had left reams of vintage paper, tablets, ledgers, and such in the attic. When I opened up the unopened reams of paper, I found a very high quality off-white paper that had a wonderful feel to it. But the size was an odd one that didn't fit current U.S. or European standards so it has sat without being used much except for the occasional visual aid in Sunday School class. Recently, I found some wonderful corner embossing tools and had the idea that I should cut down the vintage paper and make it into writing paper. Voila!

I told you I'm enjoying working with the my hands.
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  1. What a great idea! Grammy would be proud. These are lovely cards and little box is very cute. Great job finding an old talent (Hello, old friend!)
    Love you,

  2. I'm loving your blog(s)
    Being in Victoria Magazine was
    great..thanks for visiting..

  3. You have always used your hands-- in your gardening and photography. Now you're learning another way to use your hands!

  4. Lovely idea to use what you have in the house combined with your talented hands and artistic eye. The paper looks so posh and professional, and the card case beautiful.

  5. ohhhhhhhhh..... how exquisite. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of the labour of your hands.

    I do believe you're making Psalm 128:2 come alive....listen....

    "When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you."


  6. Very beautiful. Wow, you really do have talent.

  7. What lovely cards...and the box is also very pretty. You sure are very talented.

  8. You sound very happy with doing these classes. Good for you rediscovering your underlying talents!

    That is a fantastic idea. I have several writing sets; one is Winnie the Pooh that has its own special box, the second is a faded yellow set with a floral design but the box is gradually falling apart and the third is writing paper with a herd of white (technically grey) horses but that doesn't have any box to keep the paper in. So that is a great idea for the horse paper and the box that is falling apart!

    And I love the embossing on the corner of the paper. Do you know anywhere online that sells those kind of tools internationally?

    All my love to everyone, from Meg and cats xxx

  9. OMG, Cindy! That looks so professional and pretty. I'd like to have a fraction of your talent.

    Funny how, over time, we forget about those little parts of ourselves that need to be expressed and how absolutely liberating and fulfilling it is when we rediscover and give voice to them. Bravo!

    BTW, I'm starting a Giveaway at my place today. Come on over and join in the fun!

  10. What pretty cards and portfolio. They're so inspiring, making me want to get out my pen and write somebody a letter!

  11. What a beautiful set! You've put a lot of work into this.

  12. My compliments. Very tasteful, beautiful.

  13. I use to quilt. But various hand surgeries/ensuing arthritis changed that. Now I like to work with paper. Decoupage is one of my favorite ways.

  14. Cindy you are not only good with your hands, but you are creative. Thanks for sharing, I like to pick some new fresh ideas for my stuff too. Thanks, Anna :)

  15. Your ideas and work looks very nice. Good luck with your crafts. Thanks for sharing

  16. The eucalyptus you did looks great.

  17. Beautiful cards, and you are so lucky to have inherited that paper.


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