Monday, April 27, 2009

DIY Blog Cards

Today I decided to try my hand at designing some little cards to give to people I meet at the Craft Conference - you know - for networking purposes. Clearly there is no time to design something amazing (I can't draw), and get it printed on gorgeous card stock as The Stitches and Craft juggernaut starts this Wednesday, I'm going to have to resort to a bit of DIY. This has been inspired by reading a blog I came across in an ecourse I'm currently doing (more on that at a later date). Thanks Ashley of 31experiment for the inspiration!

The laboratory I work in has a small room dedicated to throwing (literally) all of the catalogues we get given by scientific sales reps. Catalogues for plasticware, petri dishes, flasks, cytokines, microbiology name it, we probably have a catalogue for it. Some of these span back 10 years and a lot of companies either aren't around anymore or have been taken over and so everything is out of date. I decided to do a little cleanup and get a bit eco and rip the covers off them to reuse for my blog-card backing and recycle the rest of the catalogue.

The result is below - I thought I would just have my blog details on one side (in the same font as my blog heading), stitched on with the help of Contessa 120 (my trusty sewing machine), plus a little button handstitched on for extra cuteness. When you turn over the back is something scientific (from the catalogue covers) - each one will therefore be totally unique - I feel sheepishly proud!


  1. These look fabulous Danielle!! Can't wait to read about how the craft show goes. Maybe next time the conference will be on a Greek Island.... And you've inspired me to learn to sew. Will be dusting the cobwebs off my grandmother's old sewing machine and trying to decipher the user's manual! t xox

  2. I am SOOOO impressed. If you don't win "most adorable," it'll be a cryin' shame.

  3. Such a great idea! I doubt anyone will be quick to throw away one of these beautiful cards. I love them, thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Fantastic stuff. I am really impressed.
    I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

    dsi r4