Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mojo stuck? Unstick it with this freebie! Plus: focal points.

If you've ever been stuck with no mojo (and from the posts I've seen recently on the OWH FB page, this is a problem that runs rampant), you might want to try these cards I made.  I typed up a smattering of ideas on themes, color schemes, embellishments, and techniques and formatted them like a deck of cards.  They are color coded by category: theme, technique, tool/supply, and color scheme.  You could draw one or more cards from the deck when you're stuck with no inspiration to get you rolling!  There are 72 total ideas in the stack and you could certainly add in your own.  Just print these out, trim them apart, and tuck the deck somewhere handy for when you need to be inspired.  (If you're not familiar with Box, it's pretty user-friendly.  Just click the download link and you should be able to open the Word file within seconds.)

Part 2 of this post is going to let me showcase the cards I made with the last of the kids kits from the swap Scrap to Treasure did last month.   Here are the final cards.   I stretched a few of the kits with a bit of my own cardstock and was able to make more than one card from most kits.  The first three cards came from Mary's kit and the last was from my own kit.  These kits also are going to help me enter Paula's boot camp from 2/18 on creating a focal point.  I really try to think about creating a focal point each time I design a card and I think I do a pretty good job of it at least 90% of the time. That was not so when I started making cards, but I've learned a lot in the past two or three years. 

Cupcake as focal point

Sentiment as focal point.  I love this paper.  I wish I knew where it was from because I would buy a few more sheets.  :)

Girl as focal point. 

Dragon as focal point.

Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 340 blank and 140 AnyHero (as of 1/7/13)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

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  1. AWESOME idea!!! Printing those cards now. :) I usually just CASE myself, but that gets boring. LOL

  2. Thank you for this great idea!! I can't currently print but I can write them down and somehow randomly pick one! Thanks again!!

  3. Hi Kathryn! First I just LOVE the idea of the mojo card deck. I have used numerous card decks over the years to facilitate brainstorming and they are terrific. I think this could be a great tutorial for the Stars & Stamps blog too!

    As far as focal points are concerned It doesn't surprise me one bit that you take the time to plan yours out because it shows in the end results! :) Each one of these cards has a nice strong focal point and while we all (myself included) miss the mark from time to time I would bet that those times you don't plan a deliberate focal point are cards your don't like quite a much. Thanks for joining in on the February Bootcamp and especially for sharing with everyone that creating stronger designs is mostly a matter of practice and applying what you learn consistently under it becomes second nature.

  4. What a great idea! Your cards are wonderful too =) Thanks for your inspiration!


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