Thursday, April 29, 2010

Moving Announcements

sIt's been a few years since I moved, but I'd like to share this anyways. I wanted all our friends and family to know where we would be living, but traditional moving announcements cost so much I thought, "Hey, I can do this for almost nothing!"

Various colors of card stock: $4.00
Printer & printer ink: on hand
Stamps: depends on how many you send!
Rubber cement: $0.99

First, I needed some cardstock.  I got some bright yellow, lilac, teal, and light green at Archivers in West Des Moines for about $0.80 cents each.

Then I cut the pieces down to size and printed the text.  I found the saying online.  The teal piece says:

Our belongings have been packed,
Our home is somewhere new,
And now that we've arrived,
We wanted to tell you...

Then the purple piece says: "We've Moved!" followed by our names and new address.

The yellow piece was the base, and I cut it to be 4" x 6". Like a postcard.

I cut the "house" piece to vaguely resemble a trapezoid.  I really put those geometry skillz to use, yo!  I wanted it to be whimsical, so that's why the house isn't a rectangle.  I used rubber cement to adhere them together.

Then I added the door in lilac - another trapezoid.

I made the door handle from a paper-hole-puncher and white printer paper, and cut equilateral(ish) triangles for the roof.

Aaaaand the back, an invitation and postcard!

It was fun, crafty, and thrifty!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Post, the First

Yesterday I received the loveliest postcard from a lady in Cincinnati, Ohio, via Postcrossing.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the site, I definitely recommend you check it out.  For a life-long collector of postcards, this site is a dream!

International postage stamps aren't cheap, but I'm willing to pay it when, in return, I receive gems like this:

Thanks, Jenny from Cincinnati!