Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day Four ... Simplifying Life

Welcome back into the Green House on the Hill.  Today is all about simplifying.  My daughters love the Disney show, Good Luck Charlie.  One of their favorite scenes is where the older kids ask their mom why she had 4 children.  Her response is that three was too easy, three is for quitters.  Well, if that is true then I am truly a quitter!  The year my third daughter was born our lives became pretty darn busy.  The older girls had lots of activities and we had a new person in our house who wanted our constant attention. 
So this is the year I decided to really embrace an easy to mass produce card.  No x-acto knives, no paper piecing, not even a decorative punch.  The fact that a few of my friends had suggested an intervention following the pop up card, threatening to take away my x-acto knife, might have played a role in this decision.  Sheer exhaustion may also have had something to do with it. 
I designed a card that had nothing but straight cuts … all made with my trusty paper trimmer.  I used Printshop Deluxe (by Broderbund) to create my photo collage, add the sentiment and signature to the card.  I printed 2 cards per page on cardstock and then mounted this on a half sheet of 8 ½ by 11” cardstock.  I love this size because Staples sells a box of 100 greeting card envelopes that a 5 ½ by 8” card fits in perfectly.  Since I selected photos from throughout the year, I converted everything to black and white to make the photos work together.  The row of tiny photos (most are about 1” x 1”) highlighted our adventures that year. 

Stop back tomorrow for the last of my Christmas card walk down memory lane!  And don’t forget to leave on a comment on Monday’s blog post to be entered to win a copy of Scrapbooking Holidays and Celebrations!  I will be picking a winner tomorrow afternoon!