Rose: DIY Birthday Card

During my snow day, I had to literally force myself to do something other than watch TV. I was in major veg mode, and getting through my hourlong workout was about all the energy I could muster. Still, as the hours wore on, and the day was starting to fade, I knew I’d kick myself if I didn’t do something creative. I sat down in my crafting area, looked at my materials and decided to make a birthday card for M’s niece, who turns 18 this weekend.


It’s been a long time since I made a birthday card, especially for a teenager. I texted M’s brother to get the scoop on her favorite colors. Light blue and purples. I could work with that. I bought this giant pad of papers that are super funky, retro and kind of mod (see above). I decided to work with that as a background. I then remembered that I bought letter stencils way back when for another project, but never used them. While they were smaller than I would’ve liked, I felt the cursive approach was a nice touch.

Once I carved out the numbers, I realized there was more space on the right than left. Things like this bother me as a crafter. I need uniformity, proper spacing. I decided to add an ellipses. This is how creative projects are born — from mistakes. Thankfully, the ellipses just made sense. 18 is just the beginning of things. There is so much more yet to come. Our message to her will reflect that.

As I worked on this project, I thought back to my senior year of high school. I remember it being a whirlwind. Dances and sports events and boyfriends and friends. Striving to boost that GPA up for the final time. Then came college, the four years basically gone in the blink of an eye. And now I’ve been out of graduate school for five whole years. It’s funny. I don’t feel old. I’m just wondering where all of the time went.

I’m hopeful that this card gives Angela a little pause. Gives her a moment to stop and remember that she’s 18. There is so much ahead, but time will move ever so quickly. While it passes by, I hope she remembers to soak it up a little. Enjoy the little moments. Hold on to them. And remember.


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