French Memo Board Handmade Birthday Card

At the beginning of this year, I made it a goal to make and give out more handmade birthday cards to my friends and family. Well, as you can see from my lack of posts, I didn’t quite hit that goal – far from it. However, a few days ago, I realized my cousin, Chris’s birthday was coming up and decided to finally sit down and make a birthday card for her.  I keep a notebook of gathered handmade card ideas that I’ve collected over the years.  Most of the ideas are jotted notes with a few rough drawings.  Because most of the ideas were written, I have not been too inspired to look through my notebook for card ideas.  I am by far a visual person and get inspired when I actually see something, as opposed to reading about it. But I forced myself to sit down and start going through some of my notes.  It didn’t take long for me to settle on an idea for a card.

The card I decided to make was inspired by a French memo board.  The first thing I had to figure out was the color scheme for my card.  This was pretty much dictated by the choice of colored ribbons I had in my stash.  I have a small supply, so it wasn’t hard to figure out a color, or, in this case, a set of colors. I decided to go for a gray and blue color scheme, as I had a roll each of silver glitter and baby blue ribbon. I decided to use gray for my cardstock base.

Gray cardstock base for card

Gray cardstock base for card

My cards tend to have plain, straight sides, as I tend to be more focused on the central design instead, but this time I decided to do a more decorative edge design by using my Martha Stewart deco shells punch to punch out the corners of my card.

Card with corners punched out

Card with corners punched out

(I have to apologize for my bad photos, as I took them rather late on a cloudy day.)

Then I arranged strips of the silver ribbon onto my card until I was happy with how they looked and glued them down.

Silver ribbon all glued onto card

Silver ribbon all glued onto card

I did the same with the blue ribbon, making sure they crisscrossed  the silver ones at right angles.

Card with blue and silver ribbon all glued in place

Silver and blue ribbon pieces all glued in place

Then it was time to decide on an embellishment.  After rummaging through my card making supplies, I found a pastel heart embellishment and a “Happy Birthday” sentiment that I decided to layer one on top of the other using foam stickers to create the focal point for my card.

Layered heart embellishment and sentiment

Layered heart embellishment and sentiment

I added this to the center of my card.

Card with embellished sentiment glued on

Card with embellished sentiment glued on

I guess I could have stopped here, but I decided to go an extra step and added some white buttons at the points where the silver and blue ribbons crisscrossed.

Completed French memo board handmade birthday card

Completed French memo board handmade birthday card

I think the buttons really added that bit of something extra to the card.

The cardstock that I used is a little flimsy, so I layered an extra piece of white cardstock on the inside of the card for my message.  I matted it and cut the corners, resulting in an octagon shaped piece of cardstock, so that it would fit perfectly with the punched out corners of the base of my card.  I forgot to take a picture of the interior before I wrote my message.

Having not made a card in quite awhile, I am pretty pleased with the result.  I need to make another birthday card for another special person later this week, so stay tuned for that post :0)

How do you come up with card ideas for your handmade cards?  Do you keep a notebook or file of your creative ideas?  Please share in the comments.

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose – to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.


4 Responses to French Memo Board Handmade Birthday Card

  1. Hiromi December 11, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Simple, yet pretty card! I would like to make a bunch of birthday cards for next year…

    • Serena Y Lee December 13, 2014 at 4:08 am #

      Hiromi, I feel like I should do the same, but don’t always have the time to knock out a bunch at once.

  2. Chris June 7, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    I STILL have this up on my board! I LOVE this card!

    • Serena Y Lee June 10, 2015 at 4:55 am #

      Glad you loved it, Chris. It was my pleasure making it :0)

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