I've been making cards almost as long as I've been married (10 1/2 years). When I first started, it was mostly Christmas cards, an occasional Valentine, and a few Easter cards. Then we had our daughters, and I made their birth announcements. But I still bought birthday cards, anniversary cards, and so many other occasions. I would generally stock up on cards, enough for 2 or 3 months, and I would spend an hour at the card store looking for the perfect ones. I was very proud of the cards I chose, thinking that they were quite personal and meaningful. I still believe that they were, but you know I'm certain that at some point I probably chose the exact same card for an occasion as someone else did. That began to bother me a lot. It's not that buying cards is wrong (afterall, I like when people buy my cards!), but for me the card was often the gift I was giving; the recognition for someone's special day or outstanding achievement. It was getting to the point where I had read so many cards, that I recognized them when I was at the store and knew that I had already given them to people. So last year, I decided that I would rarely buy cards and almost exclusively make them. Since I started blogging a few months ago, I discovered that there are so many variations on handmade cards, that you never have to give the same card twice. Do you see where I am going with this? I think that it is possible to come up with a different card for every day of the year. How will I do this?
what if I ask all the amazing and wonderful card makers out there to join me. We make and share cards, we inspire one another, and there are occasional prizes and awards of recognition - what do you think?
Beginning March 1st, I will meet this challenge head on. Even if you don't actually make 365 cards, I hope that together we will come up with 365 fabulous ideas. They might be sketches, color schemes, themes, etc.
If you are interested in having a card featured on this blog, then watch for details coming next week.