Card making ideas are everywhere. Around the house, outside the window, in the garden, at the shopping malls, children books, wrapping paper, paper napkins, fabrics, and magazines.
These are some of the places you can get ideas and layouts for your handmade greeting cards. Just be on the look-out and you will find them.
Following is a method I use to file my sketches. I call this my Card Making Sketch Log. I use 7"x5" standard size white unruled cards that I purchased from the stationery store to sketch my ideas. First, I use my quilt grip template which you can buy from any store that sells quilting supplies. Or you can also just draw squares on your sketch cards. So whenever I have ideas for card design or when waiting for transport or in between appointments, I will just bring out one of my sketch cards and sketch with my color pencils.
When I return home, I file them into a A5 size ring file and used for future reference. With the quilt grips drawn in, I find it very easy to use each individual square for a card design or combine two or more squares for bigger size project. You will want to number each sketch in its square grip and file them in the A5 ring files (e.g. File #1-100, #101-200, etc.)
Keep a log file (more A5 ring files) of people you sent cards to. In this Cards Sent Log File, file the names of recipients in alphabetical order (a set of 5"x7" ruled cards is good). Whenever you sent out one of your homemade cards, note down the sketch number in the recipient's log card and date sent. This way, you won't be sending the same design cards to them next time.
I hope the above tips on finding and recording your card making ideas will help you to keep a sketch book of card designs and when it's time to make some cards, you will have a store of great ideas to choose from.
Click here to find out more about where to look for card design ideas. You will also be able to read how I created a shoe card; an idea taken from my sketch log of card making ideas.
For birthday card ideas, you might like to visit OhHappyBirthday.com for inspiration.
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