Every year, without fail, my dear cousin in Australia (who is an avid scrapbooker) sends me a birthday card, homemade with love. Despite this being an annual occurrence, in 2004 I was both touched and surprised when a card arrived from my cousin… surprised because her premature twin boys (born at 24 weeks) were struggling to survive in the NICU at that time, she was suffering through extreme hardship/distress and yet she still remembered my birthday and took the time to make and send me a card. This memory has resurfaced recently as, due to my diagnosis, I have faced the fear of the possibility of going into preterm labour myself. And having done research about it, talked more to my cousin about her experiences, met other women online who have delivered babies prematurely and become a March of Dimes* and Bliss* supporter myself, I am just starting to grasp the magnitude of what my cousin went through. And it makes that card she sent me all those years ago all the more special. This year I decided to face my scrapbook fears and buy a kit to make her a card for her birthday. I went to possibly the most well-known craft chain here, Panduro, and purchased the only non-Christmas themed card kit available (yes, I was entirely limited in my options!). It is called Sweet Owl and is a decidedly girly kit, with cutesy owl elements in pink and chocolate-brown and sparkly details that would appeal to little ones. I wanted to create something a little more sophisticated for my cousin, so I chose from the pack some simple floral embellishments and two contrasting patterned papers for a simple background. I added one diamante for a tiny element of bling (didn’t want to overdo it). I am really quite pleased with the result as, for a first attempt, I don’t thinks it’s too shabby.
The Sweet Owl kit is good value at 159 SEK (approximately 23 USD) for an absolute beginner like myself who has no stockpile of scrapbooking papers, stickers, embellishments, etc. on hand.
4 x A4 designer papers
4 x A4 plain coloured backing papers
1 x A5 die cut chipboards
1 x pack peel-off stickers (silver)
8 x A6 white cards and envelopes
1 x pack adhesive foam squares
1 x pack stick-on diamantes (various colours)
1 x sheet glitter alphabet stickers
Essentially the only other things you’ll need are scissors and glue. And that works out at less than 20 SEK per card with, no doubt, crafting materials left over! Pretty thrifty, huh? 😉
*For those of you who are interested, this Saturday November 17 is World Prematurity Day and March of Dimes and Bliss are campaigning to raise awareness. Perhaps you would like to check out the March of Dimes Facebook page or consider contributing to Bliss via Saif’s Precious Star Fund. Or maybe you’d like to take a moment to visit one of these blogs, written by brave mothers who have firsthand experience with prematurity: