We also would use pieces of it to write postcards to our grandparents...I still have a couple of those that my Jammy Jane saved for me...real treasures, they are. We always brought a few pieces home with us so we could use it on some arts and crafts project we thought up to pass the time on a rainy day! I wish I had access to some NOW - as I can think of a dozen things I want to use it on...a birch bark Christmas Village, a love note to my honey, as the spine on a vacation mini album...and I could go on! *smile*
So when I saw this birch box, I knew I had to have it..no matter what I used it for - it already held some great childhood memories and that was enough.
I don't really know why it didn't occur to me earlier - but as I was dusting it earlier this week, my hand rested on the embossed pattern on the top and I saw it in a different way...and I just had to pick it up and take it into my studio and use it as my inspiration for this week's Christmas in August project. I think it may be one of my favorite cards I have made lately...I love the texture and it's rustic charm...but I am guessing I am particularly fond of it because of all the wonderful memories it evokes in my heart. Precious time with my sister in the midst of some of the most beautiful trees in the world.
I couldn't resist adding the Mama Deer and her lil baby on the inside of the card. Yep...it is one of my favorites for sure!
I also am loving the "lashing" detail. I made extra because I have several more ideas for other Christmas projects...and maybe some masculine note cards...so I'm sure you will see me revisit this basic design again. Here are a couple of close ups of the wreath on the front. I took the time to add some "birch" detail to the tree...super easy - but it makes me smile none the less! Also...you know I am happy because I had the excuse of a winter scene to pull out the LIQUID APPLIQUÉ! Woo Hoo! It was a happy day INDEED! *smile*www.janngray.com! I will be doing another post to tell you more about it...but - if you watch this tutorial, you will get a little "advance information!" *smile*
Hope you all enjoy! And be sure and save some time for creative play!