Happy Sunday Bella fans! Laurie here. With school starting soon here, I am definitely in planning mode! In fact, I have been so busy planning that I have missed out on really just enjoying the last few moments of summer. That all changed the other day. My oldest son and I were talking and he shared something so moving with me. He thanked me for encouraging him throughout the years and proceeded to show me a basket that he has stored in his closet. It was full of all of the cards and notes that I have given to him throughout the years. He said he particularly appreciated the ones that I slipped into his backpack or lunch bag during especially difficult times. I have to tell you, my heart was in my throat! It motivated me to not only slow down and really enjoy time with my kids but also renewed my commitment to share handmade encouragement with the ones closest to my heart!
I gathered up some of my favorite Bella and Illustrated Faith supplies and sat down to make some quick little "Lunch Box Notes". All but one of the cards are smaller than average, which is ideal for tucking into backpacks!
"By Grace Alone" card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
This first card features one of my favorite Bella stamp sets, Blessings or Lesson! It came in one of the Illustrated Faith kits and I just can't get enough of those gorgeous flowers! I embossed the flower image using white embossing powder and then added some watercolor to them. For the background, I layered some of the IF She Blooms papers (including the Take Root Clear Cut). I embellished the card with some ribbon, Enamel Hearts, and a Cardstock Sticker sentiment.
IF She Blooms: 3 x 4s, Take Root Pink, Take Root Clear Cut; IF Enamel Hearts: She Blooms Mix; Enamel DooDads: Oreo Black; IF Cardstock Stickers: Say It Black & White; IF Clear Stamps: Blessings or Lesson
"Made In His Image" card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
Creating little lunchbox notes is the perfect way to use up small scraps! I had these paper bits from the Molly collection in my stash and thought they would be prefect to bring a little sunshine to my daughter's day! Along with the paper and borders from the Molly collection, I added a camera and sentiment from the IF Die Cut Prompts as well as an Enamel Heart.
Molly: Selfie, Borders; IF Enamel Hearts: She Blooms Mix; IF Die Cut Prompts: Encouragement
"Let's Do This" card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
This next card is the only full sized (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") card that I made. I combined elements from the Max collection with some more IF Die Cut Prompts. I mounted them all on a kraft background that I had already painted with white acrylic paint. For embellishment, I sprinkled on some Enamel DooDads stars.
Max: Sketchbook, Shark Attack; Enamel DooDads: Oreo Black; IF Die Cut Prompts: Pop Culture Go
"But. First. God." card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
My final mini card consists of more paper scraps (again from the Max collection) and an IF Die Cut Prompt as the focal image. I really didn't want to take attention away from the focal image, so I kept the design simple. Simple in design, but hopefully it will have a lasting impact.
IF Die Cut Prompts: Pop Culture; Max: Rock Star; Enamel Dots: Oreo Black