I confess – I can feel an attraction even to a piece torn from the corner of a plain sheet of paper. I have many of them – different colours, different textures, different ideas how to use them. That’s why at home I have whole boxes of big sheets, small sheets, cut pieces, pieces of packaging, clippings, catalogue pages or pages from magazines. They take up a huge space. But if you ask me if I plan to throw them out someday, the answer is definitely “NO”! Marie Kondo will not break through to me!
(Of course, all these papers do not just stay in their hiding places. I often turn them into cards, book dividers, bookmarks, notepads for poetry and organizers, gift decorations and decoration for sweets and many, many other things.)
That is what happened to these charming flyers of the Emirates airline. Their colours, print quality, and great details attracted me irresistibly, and … I put them in my purse.
And because I got them during a romantic trip with my husband, I decided they will help me to make a wonderful greeting card for our anniversary.
What tempted me the most was these beautiful floral motifs. I could not resist …
… and of course, I cut hearts from them with my beloved Sizzix Big shot machine.
The next step
I really liked the colours of the flyers, so did not want to add more – I was worried that the passionate red and the aristocratic dark blue will be lost. So I decided to put them on a pure white background on an ivory-tinted base.
The idea of how to organize the elements is not mine, I found it in Pinterest. But it was very difficult for me to choose exactly how to place the red ribbon. It was a very important symbol of the family, of the commitment and of the love in our relationship. I even tried without it, but in this case was possible to loose my message…
Finally, I chose this option:
And the anniversary greeting card was ready.
Is it there a lesson?
And if there is any lesson in this story, it is that you can find inspiration and unique materials to feed your creativity everywhere. We just need to train our eyes to see them. I like scrapbooking kits in the craft stores,but much more I enjoy the unexpected opportunities. People say: “The trash for one is treasure for another”. The man in the next seat in the airplane just folded his flyer into 4 and pushed it like trash between the magazines. I have no explanation as to why people are destroying things that could be used again – with their old or other purpose, maybe they just have no eyes.
What is more exciting for me, is that everything can become a message.
We only need the courage to send it!