Card making supplies for beginners

Card making supplies for beginners

Throughout my 26 years on this planet, I’ve always been creative. As a kid, I used to draw pictures, make collages, paint stones and plant pots and do all of that fun stuff. At the age of 12, I became interested in card making. I would sit with my dad for hours on end and make Christmas cards which I used to sell to my family. At about the age of 16, I fell out of love with it, but a couple of years ago I started up again and I’m so glad I did!

Sometimes, it can be really overwhelming when you want to start a new hobby. What do I need to buy? What’s essential? What if I get bored and I waste a load of money? I’m sure you’ve all had these thoughts.

I’ve put together a list of the basic things that I would recommend for a beginner that’s considering card making. All the items are relatively low cost which is perfect for a beginner.

Card making supplies for beginners 
  • *Card and envelopes – I always buy this as a set, I love that the card is already folded and ready to go. I’d recommend just buying white card if you’re a beginner but the choice is completely up to you. A6 is also a good size as the area isn’t too big to work with.
  • Glue and *adhesive foam pads – Adhesive pads are great for emphasising embellishments as they raise them off of the paper creating a 3D effect. Glue is also a given as you need to do a lot of sticking.
  • Scissors and *paper punches – I love paper punches. You can get anything from hearts to snowflakes and they’re perfect for adding embellishments to your cards. They come in all shapes and sizes and can create a variety of different style cards.
  • Patterned paper – I love these *paper pads that you can pick up at most craft shops and you can also get them online. They’re filled with 64 sheets of patterned paper and work so well for card making. They’re bright and colourful and add a real pop to any card you make.
  • Stamps – I have such a love for stamps. I buy a lot of my stamps from Stampin up’ but these are more on the pricey side. You can also buy stamps from craft shops and there’s also loads to choose from online.  The Range is a great place to start for more affordable stamps for beginners.
  • Ink pads – To go alongside your stamps you’ll also need ink pads. Again, I buy a lot of these from Stampin’ Up. But for a more affordable option, I would recommend looking at any local craft shop.

Now you’ve got all of your basic supplies it’s really just about experimenting and having fun. If you’re looking for lots of inspirations I’d highly recommend browsing through Pinterest as its full with card making ideas.

Below are some cards that I have made using the items listed above.

Card making for beginners

Card making supplies for beginners

Hope you enjoyed!

Charlotte xx

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Simple bullet journal layout if you don’t have a lot of time

For me, having a simple layout for my bullet journal is really important. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the fancy and creative bujo layouts as much as the next person but they’re so time-consuming.

When I first started my bullet journal I spent a lot of time making it look good but then I got bored of how much time it took and stopped using it. Now I’m a homeowner I’ve got back into using it again to organise my weeks but I’ve made it as simple as possible so it doesn’t take up too much of my time.

Simple bullet journal layout if you don't have much time

What I use my bullet journal for

I know people use bullet journals to track all sorts of things from exercise to how much water they drink, as much as I tried to be that organised, I just don’t really care to track how much water I drink in a day. The main thing I want my bullet journal for is to layout the week ahead and know what I’m doing when. I find it really helpful to write down what household chores I’m doing and any plans I have for the week. I’ll also write down my meal plan for each day. At the bottom of the page, I have a small section called ‘to-do’ where I can jot down anything that comes to mind throughout the week.

My very simple key 

It’s honestly as simple as drawing a square for any household chores that I can put a tick in once it’s been completed and drawing a diamond shape next to any plans that I have for the week. Next to anything on my ‘to-do’ list I draw a circle. You can, of course, customise this and add more shapes if you lead a more exciting life than I do!

Simple layout 

In terms of page layout, I don’t even use a ruler because who has time for that?! I just free draw a line and write the day and date and then add a little line of colour over the top. Each side of the page is split into four sections which allow me space for each day of the week and my ‘to-do’ list. This is the most simple page layout that I’ve used and I love it. I usually sit down on a Sunday evening and draw out the following week and it takes me no longer than 5-10 minutes.

If you’re also trying to find a really simple and time effective way to use your bullet journal then I’d definitely recommend giving something like this a try. If you want some other bullet journal ideas then I have various posts here that also include some more complex ideas.

Hope you enjoyed!

Charlotte xx

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Majorca 2018 photo diary

I’ve always loved Majorca. It’s always had a special place in my heart; I have so many fond memories of family holidays in Majorca as a child and I also visited a fair few times during my teenage years. It’s so lovely being able to go back to one of my favourite places and take Shaun with me. We’ve just arrived back from a week of pure relaxation. We stayed in Santa Ponsa and it’s such a beautiful location. Our hotel was literally a 30-second walk to the beach which was perfect. This year has honestly been so hectic that all we wanted to do was relax. We spent our days around the pool and our evenings going for a lovely stroll along the beach and watching the sunset.

I thought I would share some of the photographs that I took during our week in Majorca. It’s honestly such a beautiful place and to be perfectly honest the pictures probably don’t do it justice! If anyone is interested all of the photographs below were taken on my Canon EOS M10.

Hope you enjoy!

The sunsets in Majorca are stunning. 

Sunset in Santa Ponsa

Flowers at the beach

Spray art in Majorca

This guy honestly created the most stunning artwork! He was so talented. 

Santa Ponsa beach majorca

Santa Ponsa

Sunset over Majorca

We walked to the headland and watched the most stunning sunset in the distance. It was a truly magical moment.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post with some photos from my holiday.

I’m now feeling recharged and ready to up my blogging game and come up with lots of new content!

Charlotte xx

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My Greeting Box: A monthly card making subscription box review

I was so excited when Holly from My Greeting Box contacted me to see if I would like to try out her card making subscription box. Weirdly, I had been on the hunt for a good card making subscription box for a while but had been struggling to find one so this honestly came at the perfect time.

My Greeting Box is a monthly subscription kit which includes card making supplies and tools. It comes with illustrated step by step instructions which shows you how to make three different cards. It also comes with extra supplies so you can come up with your own designs.

The Magical Fairy Themed June box 

Holly very kindly gifted me the June box which was magical fairy themed. You all know my love for Disney and magic so this box was perfect for me. As well as receiving the contents of the June box, I also received the starter kit which everyone will receive when they first sign up. This includes some must-have items such as foam tape, scissors colouring pens and an ink pad. It’s so useful to receive these additional items as they are key items to have when card making.

My Greeting Box monthly subscriptions

One thing that particularly stood out to me in the box was the instructions that came with 3 different card designs. These are illustrated and laid out in a really simple to follow way. I had no problem understanding what I was meant to be doing. What I love about this is that it’s a good way to get inspiration. Everyone has their own ideas and it’s great to see some ideas and still be able to come up with your own ideas as well.

My Greeting box - supplies

The box includes literally everything you need to make the cards which I found really helpful. Items include things such as card, envelopes, stamps, ink, embellishments, glue, double sided sticky tape and clear wallets to protect the cards once you’ve made them.

One thing I was very impressed with is the quality of the stamps that are sent. I’ve been making cards for a few years now and some rubber stamps are awful! I found these took the ink really well and transferred evenly on to the surface of the card.

I had so much fun designing cards with the instructions provided. Below is one of my final card designs which I’m so pleased with! I’m now excited to experiment with the products provided and start to come up with some of my own designs.

My greeting box June card design

Pricing

If you’re interested in signing up for the My Greeting Box please see the below details:

  • £22.00 per month – Free postage and you can cancel at any time.
  • Gift subscriptions: 3 months £65.00 / 6 months £125.00 / 12 months £240.00

You can also get 25% off of your first order by using the code: FIRST25

I’m so pleased that I was contacted to try this box. It has such brilliant products and it’s packed with creative ideas. If you’re new to card making then this is a fab way to start building up your own collection of craft supplies and experiment with different ideas.

Please note the My Greeting Box was very kindly gifted to me, However, I only write honest reviews and all opinions are my own.

Hope you enjoyed!

Charlotte xx

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House renovation update! #3

Guys! We are so close to our move in date! After months and months of renovation work, we’re nearly finished and I’m so excited. I’ve spent my last few weeks rushing around like a crazy person trying to get everything sorted. We’re now at the stage of packing up all of our things into boxes and my god does it take a long time!

I recently shared some pictures of the transformation of our lounge and I got a really good response on it. So today I’m going to share the transformation of our bedroom!

We’ve gone for yellow and cream walls. I wanted something really light and airy to make the room seem bigger as it’s not overly large. Also, I always think that yellow is a happy colour and I want my bedroom to be a happy place!

Hope you enjoy the photographs! ….

Writing this post and going back through the photos is actually insane. When you’re renovating somewhere week in and week out it’s easy to forget how it looked at the start! I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out and can’t wait to get some homely bits and pieces in the room!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Charlotte xx

 

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