Music, as Longfellow says, is the universal language of mankind, and I have to say I agree. Music can build a bridge between cultures despite language barriers, help you wind down after a crazy day at work, make you feel like you are 16 again when an “oldie” comes on the radio, and so much more. Music is a huge part of a lot of people’s lives, so it makes sense that music often finds its way into our other creative ventures, such as scrapbooking, card making, holiday crafts, mixed media canvases and more.
Next Wednesday, crafters will be trading Artist Trading Cards with a Music theme here at P&P (click here for more information, we would love for you to join us!). With an awesome theme like Music I am sure the ATCs created will be gorgeous and as unique as the maker. Here’s some great inspiration if you haven’t started on yours yet.
Get inspired to create cards with a musical theme.
Or perhaps, you want to scrapbook a musical event.
Another great, creative idea is to make a musical inspired mixed media canvas. Check out these fun projects for inspiration.
Have you tried paper quilling before? These musical themed quilled projects are absolutely eye-catching.
Celebrate His word in your bible journaling and get inspired by these musical pages.
Add some “music” to your decor at home (or classroom if you are a teacher) with these ideas.
And lastly, just some really cool imagery I came across while pulling this blog together – music and inspiration are truly everywhere!
We hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as you enjoy turning up a favorite song!
There is no doubt about it – I love Christmas and the holiday season. As we head for winter months, I always have great plans to hand make cards, gift tags, gifts for friends, family, neighbors and more. I start brainstorming in November. Then inevitably next thing I know it is mid-December, and I am just trying to hold on and get through the holiday with my store bought cards and generic, sticky gift tags.
So, this year I am making a plan (in my planner, but that’s a whole other blog post) to get started on my Christmas Crafts NOW! You know what they say, no time like the present! I thought I would share some of the inspiration that I’ve come across in hopes that it helps inspire you (and seriously, looking at Christmas Crafts makes me feel better in this hot and sticky weather we are having this week).
My first goal is to make handmade cards and gift tags, so I thought today’s inspiration would focus on that.
I love how they repurposed the mason jar stamp to make a little snow globe complete with sequins.
Kraft paper equals Christmas to me. I love the rustic feel and it makes me a little nostalgic. One of my mom’s favorite themes to wrap holiday gifts in is with classic kraft paper and fun accessories – ribbons, bows, twine, etc.
Kraft paper combined with white and bakers twine makes this card a triple winner in my book!
I love how this card combines holiday with the cutesy vibe of Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn (plus it may have made me sing a few bars of this song). Seeing this one little card opened up so many ideas in my head for using the “slider” dies too!
This card would be fantastic for using up scrap paper. Get busy cutting circles (by hand, with circle punches or with a die cutting machine), add some pop dots and boom - - you are in business!
You now know how I feel about kraft paper, so I just had to share these tags. Also, check out the tree one - - they made the little trees with heart punches. Such a light bulb moment (that I am totally going to use)!
Love the texture this tag has – use snow paint or texture paste (add glitter for extra sparkle) to create a similar look.
And just to keep the cool thoughts flowing on a day when the Heat Index will be 100+, here are sneak peeks from Photo Play Paper of their upcoming fall and winter collections.
Which one is your favorite? Have you seen any paper crafting projects you want to make for the holidays?
If you follow Palette & Paper on Facebook, you may have seen the awesome new paper lines we have in stock. If you don’t follow us on Facebook, you should! Click here to make it happen (and click here to follow us on Instagram too). It's a great way to see new merchandise, be in the know on discounts, stay up-to-date on workshops and event happenings and more.
We thought we would share some project inspiration for these new lines today. It is always so awesome to see what people make and create!
Weekend Adventure by BoBunny
Once Upon a Time Prince by Photo Play
What little boy wouldn't love something like this to put his treasures in!
Live Free by Photo Play
Let’s Cruise by Echo Park
Toy Box by Echo Park
Down by the Sea by Bo Bunny
Are you feeling inspired? Head over to the Shoppe starting at 2 pm today. We are open until 9 pm and host Open Studio from 5-9 pm. We would love to have you come create with us!
Today’s blog post is a continuation of last week’s theme - - Happy Mail. We are adding in one of our favorite things though - - rainbows! If you have been into Palette & Paper you know we love rainbow color assortments, as you can see in our displays.
Have you seen the awesome packages you can put together with a color theme? Like these adorable “Box of Sunshine” packages? I made one of these a couple of years back to send to a friend, her husband and kids. She said it brought smiles to all of their faces (that was the plan!)
In addition to these great pictures, check out this “Sunshine List” for ideas on what to include.
If Yellow isn’t your thing, try an “Outta of the Blue” or “Feeling Blue” box.
Or maybe Pink is more your thing and you want to do a “Pinking of You” package.
Or Green . . .
Orange may be a better color for your intended recipient.
Or if colors aren’t your thing, here are some more adorable themed care packages/happy mail ideas.
One of my favorite daily things to do is check the mail. There is so much mystery hiding in that little box each day. Will I receive a favorite magazine? A card from an old friend? Something that I ordered? Unfortunately, most of the time it is a postcard for a new dental practice in the area and bills (boo!).
Since I am a big believer in putting into the universe what you would like to see and receive back, I am planning to make July all about Happy Mail! Since there are 31 days in July, I am going to focus on mailing 31 pieces of Happy Mail to friends, family and even a few strangers (see below for some “swap” sites that can be used to find some “strangers”). I’ve already bought my stamps for it. Check out these awesome Total Eclipse of the Sun Stamps commemorating the Solar Eclipse that will be taking place this August – the first to be seen from the US Mainland since 1979!
When I send Happy Mail I like to make it look fun and interesting straight out of the mailbox. I like to decorate the envelope with washi tape, write their name/address in a fun way or more. Some people make their envelopes a true piece of art. Just check out some of these pieces of Happy Mail for inspiration.
The two pictures of inspiration below have great tutorials posted to recreate the look - be sure to check them out!
Look at these stunning envelopes, click here for the details and steps behind them.
If you are looking for people to send Happy Mail to outside of your normal circle of friends and family check out these sites.
Swap-Bot facilitates group snail mail and internet swaps, plus, it is also a community where swappers can connect, share, and have fun. There are swaps ranging from postcards to packages filled with specific items and themes. If participating in a swap be sure to read all of the details regarding the deadline for the item needs to be mailed, whether it is a domestic or international swap, etc. When you swap you may receive a truly fantastic swap and other times you may be disappointed that your partner didn't put as much thought into the swap as you did (In my experience, I would say I received great swaps from truly caring people about 85% of the time). Also, when swapping online use common sense and be careful with what information you share, etc.
Send Something is an on-line database of addresses and interests of people that have signed up with the “no frills” site. There are no swaps, and if you send something out you may not receive something in return. However, the nice things about the format include you can pick and choose who you send mail to, what you send and when you send it. For example, you can look for someone that has a shared interests as you (e.g. chihuahuas, hot air balloons, ATCs, traveler’s notebook, etc.). In turn, if something in your profile catches a fellow member’s eye they may send you a surprise in the mail.
Upcoming "Happy Mail" Opportunities at P&P!
If you like Happy Mail, Palette & Paper is offering a couple of workshops in July that may spark your interest. Kimberly is hosting a “Down by the Sea” Pocket Letter Page (PLP) workshop on Wednesday, July 12 at 6 pm (held during open studio). For only a $5 materials fee you will receive all of the materials to make a PLP to mail to a friend. Not sure what a PLP is? That’s okay, read here or just sign-up and come on the 12th. Kimberly will have several examples of PLPs she has made and received.
Martha is leading the Color Your Way Cards workshop on Saturday, July 15 at 10 am. For only $12 you will receive a pack of stamped images on paper of your choosing to color with your preferred coloring medium (Copics, watercolor markers, etc.) that you will then turn into cards.
Check out all of the details here for both workshops, sign up and get ready to send some happy mail!
Do you send Happy Mail? Participate in swaps? We would love to hear all about it!
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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