Sunday, December 1, 2013
This isn't really a big deal, but I'm sure you have run into the same problem I have: it's harder to find cool stationery than a new friend as an adult (there should be a single friend site ... OKcoolfriend? I'll work on the name). Everything I have been able to find in the stores has been either too cutesy (flowers are great and all, but do they have to grace the cover of every card??) or too business-like (from the desk of Sir Jillington the Third). Can't a girl get a simple and fun way to say "thank you" or "hey, how are ya?" or "you have 2 days to release the next season of Game of Thrones OR ELSE"??
I decided to take matters into my own hands ... at least for the stationery bit. I saw a bunch of tutorials on how to make your own stamps on Pinterest, and I thought "how fun! But I don't scrapbook" (ain't nobody got time for that) "and I haven't needed to stamp things since kindergarten ... I should get some ice cream".
Ignore that last bit. I have no willpower.
So here's what I did: I got some ice cream. Only joking. No, I'm not.
I took an eraser, sketched a design of a paper airplane in pencil (or rather dictated and critiqued my boyfriend as he sketched the design. Artist boyfriend not included), cut away everything that wasn't the design with an Xacto blade, and stamped it on some folded card stock.
The whole project took about 30 minutes start to finish and cost 6 dollars ($.79 for the eraser, $4.99 for the ink-pad).
All in all, less time than me searching for my keys, accusing my boyfriend of hiding them, finding them right where I left them, putting on my shoes, and running to the stationery store. Plus, less money than buying 6 cards worth of a bad design.
As always, I'd love to hear what you think, how you would use this technique, and/or whether you also have a hard time meeting new friends without the aid of school/playdates.