I, for sure, am a lover of birthdays. I love the feeling of giving a thoughtful gift that they will never forget! However, being in a sorority at a large university, I get overwhelmed by the amount of birthdays that occur in a week. If I had a bottomless bank account and excessive amounts of free time, I would without-a-doubt invest in picture-perfect birthday accessories, such as the most adorable cards from Rifle Paper Company or Sugar Paper Los Angeles.
To save a pretty penny from going birthday-wild, I had to come up with a cheaper but still extravagant alternative. For my birthday, I love love LOVE handmade cards. Knowing this, it helped me come up with the idea of a massive birthday card. For my friends’ birthdays, I buy a large poster board from Hobby Lobby, Walmart or Michaels and fold it in half.
In the photo above, I created a card for my sorority “Little” for her birthday on September 11th. I painted “Bonne fête” which means “Celebrate!” in French. I decorated the card with paint in a pretty floral design inspired by Rifle Paper Company.
Another card I have made in the past was for my friend’s high-school graduation. He was continuing his education and bowling career at Webber International University. For his card, I folded the poster board in half and cut the board in the shape of a bowling pin.
I must say these cards look magnificent sitting next to the other store-bought Hallmarks. Or at least I like to think so.