Cardmaking Ideas

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

When it comes to paper crafting, I love to get ideas from other people, especially magazines. That’s what they’re for, right? When I sit down to make a card, I need a healthy stack of examples to sift through and choose from. I don’t subscribe to any craft magazines (yet), but my library does. I check out Card Maker Magazine from my library and take pictures of or scan the ideas I like. The CARDS publication is also fabulous. When I’m ready to make a card, I look through that file on my computer and pull elements from different samples to make my card.

Taking pictures or scanning of things you like in books or magazines is a great way to hold on to those ideas that you love without cluttering up your craft room with paper. If you actually subscribe the the magazine, which is perhaps the next step up, you can save just the ideas from the magazine that you’ll actually use. Tear out the pages with your favorite ideas and organize them in sheet protectors in a 3-ring binder. You’ll save lots of time and space by saving just what you need from the magazine to jump start your creativity.

Here are some samples from Card Maker Magazine that I photographed:

card maker magazine

I love the rounded corners on just the opposite edges, both on the card itself and that little square piece on the surface. This kind of repetition is a very effective principle of design that helps your cards/scrapbook pages look more balanced and finished.

card maker magazine

I liked the buttons and ribbon used together on this one. I don’t love the chicken or the paper pattern, but that’s okay because I’m just looking for little elements that I like and can apply in another way.

card maker magazine

I love how the back side of the card is wider than the front and has a decorative edge. This is a fun idea that you can use in tons of different ways.

card maker magazine

And I love this one. Little circles of paper in a tree shaped pattern – or you could just fill up the whole front of the card with circles of different colors and patterns. You could come up with so many different variations for this design.

See what I mean? Saving ideas you love makes crafting easy!

To take up close and detailed pictures like this you’ll need a camera with a macro setting. A digital SLR is the best because you can get the flash farther from the paper and avoid the glare, but a point and shoot will work also – you might just have a little glare from the flash. My Canon Rebel XSi is fabulous all around, especially when it comes to the macro mode.

My last tip is to take pictures of cards you make and love so you can remember the basic design to repeat on another card. Happy crafting!

{photos taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XSi}


1 Jingle November 18, 2008 at 7:01 am

These are great! I love the reminder to take photos – I always forget that, as I seem to be making my cards at the very last minute every year!

2 Kellie November 18, 2008 at 7:16 am

Thanks for the ideas, I am, sadly, not good at coming up with the ideas, but after I see the ideas I can easily figure out how to make them…thanks for the cute ideas! I will be making some soon as I am running out. Thanks again for the ideas!

3 syeda November 18, 2008 at 8:52 am

really good advise. thanks

4 Adele November 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm

I love these cards… I especially love the Christmas card- I usually make my christmas cards every year, but I think with the addition of a baby to the family, I will not be making cards this year… maybe that will be my Christmas card next year… Very cute!

5 gail December 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

i just recently found your blog. i really like your ideas here. i too look at mags and websites for card ideas. i hadn’t thot of taking pics of ideas i like in library books or mags but i like it!

6 J December 13, 2008 at 7:19 am

Love the joy card….some really good ideas! Keep at it.

7 Casey Toney January 15, 2009 at 4:27 am

just love it! agreed…this is a superior mag

8 Marjorie Jumisco June 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

More great ideas from Kelsey!

Thanks as ever

9 Chloe October 26, 2011 at 5:13 am

Hi there! My name is Chloe. I’m skilled in card making and have been doing so for years! But now I’ve created a use out of doing so. I’ve started my own business selling cards. It’s named Greeting Cards Galore. It’s only recently opened so I’ve been trying to get the word out. So, I’d like to request for you to put up a link to my site on your website. I would greatly appreciate it and I know it would help spread the news! Here’s the web address to my site:

Thank you so much – Chloe

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