Mother’s Day is coming up in another week or so, and I thought it would be nice to have a handmade greeting card to give to someone. I had intended to create a card from scratch, photograph it, and then show you how to make it for yourselves. HOWEVER, my iphone still won’t play nice with my computer, so—no photos. No card. Not as intended!
I’m not giving up though. I created some cards on my computer which I think are pretty nice. There’s a variety of cards, and several can be used for occasions other than Mother’s Day as well. They really should be printed out on card stock or photo paper for best results. Alas, when I tried to print them out on my printer, it ate the cardstock. And the photo paper. AAARRRGH! Again, not as intended!
If nothing else, I am stubborn. Just ask my kids. I am determined to have a greeting card for you in this blog!
One of my mentors, Jennifer Maker, said that giving-and receiving – a handmade greeting card lifts our spirits. And it does. Anyone can send a digital card, and some of them are really quite lovely. It doesn’t take much effort though. Next step up is to actually buy and send a greeting card. Especially if it gets to the recipient on time. It shows some thinking ahead to buy the card, find the address, and get it in the mail to arrive on time.
But best of all is to make a card with your own two hands, find an envelope to fit, and then find the address, etc. Real thoughtfulness.
What I have for you today are “quick cards.” You can print out the cards, add some embellishments if you like, add a message to the inside, and voila! You’re done! Each sheet of paper makes two cards. Here’s an example of one of the sheets. You can find them in the free Library, here. You may need the password, which is create.
This will be easy to do. Here’s the instructions:
- Make sure you have a printer that will print cardstock without eating it. Or alternatively, take the file to your favorite big box office supply/print store and ask them to print out the file for you. On cardstock.
- Cut each sheet in half horizontally so that you will have two 8.5 x 5.5 inch pieces of paper. Trim the edges if necessary.
- Fold in half to make one note-sized card – 4.25 x 5.5 inches
- Write message.
- Find envelope. If you at the big box store pick up a box of A4 (note card) envelopes.
- Find address, etc. and mail!
Alternatively, if you don’t want to do the above, just print out the file – or whatever pages you want of the file – and cut them down. Use the resulting images as focal points for your own design. Add embellishments like bows, ribbon, washi tape, little pearls, etc. That makes the resulting card really your own. I’d show you a picture if my iphone was playing nicely with my computer…
However, you can download the files (for free of course) and come up with your own ideas. I’ve also included in the library a file of background papers that you can use to make your own cards as well. Here’s the link. Just look for the file called “Background Papers.”
And in case you were wondering how we got this holiday in the first place, here’s a quick overview:
- Honoring mothers is an ancient celebration going back millennia.
- In the United States, before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis started Mother’s Day Work Clubs in her home state of West Virginia. These clubs were intended to teach women to properly care for their children.
- After the Civil War Ann Reeves Jarvis started “Mother’s Friendship Day” when women (mothers) would gather with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
- Juliet Ward Howe, and abolitionist and suffragette wrote “The Mother’s Day Proclamation” which was a call for world peace. She campaigned for “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.
- In 1907 Anna Jarvis, the daughter of the aforementioned Anna Reese Jarvis, held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She wanted to honor her mother for her mother’s work towards women’s health issues and her work towards peace.
- Anna Jarvis gained financial backing from John Wanamaker – the department store guy – who had a big Mother’s Day celebration at his store in Philadelphia. After the success of this celebration and the celebration in West Virginia, Anna Jarvis started a huge letter writing campaign. Long story short, in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day.
- Anna Jarvis intended this day to be a time when families would recognize and honor their mother’s accomplishments and self-sacrifice. It was not intended to be a commercial holiday.
- By the 1920’s Hallmark Cards had realized the commercial promise of the day, and they began to exploit it. Anna Jarvis organized boycotts and threatened lawsuits. But “big biz” won out.
- Turns out the day was Not As Intended!
However it was intended, we now have this holiday. And if you want to bypass the commercial card folks and send a handmade greeting expressing your love and admiration, here the link once again for the quick cards. Reminder again: password=create.
Thanks for spending the time with me, and reading all the way to the end. I really appreciate you, and I send my love and appreciation for your own day.