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Hey there!  It’s Jamaica. Have you ever seen something on Pinterest that really sticks with you? For me, it was these cool business cards. I could not can’t stop thinking about the fifty-fifty design—one half one color and the other half another—and knew I wanted to (needed to) translate that idea into some cards for my scrapbook.

Quickly sorting thru my collection of paislee press papers, I pulled together a handful of fun combinations using one pattern and one (mostly) solid. I played with a few different sized patterns to see what works best, from the larger plus signs and bold pink stripes to the finer green stripes and peach dots. I love how they turned out. So much color. Now to embellish them…

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Add badges or buttons. To be honest, I have a hard time finding good spots for the circular embellishments I collect. Circles are hard for me. Adding them to a solid colored card seems too plain and adding them to fully designed cards distracts. I like how the fifty-fifty cards add some design to the card without taking anything away from badges. Below, I glued my badges to the midline, but I can easily see adding an embellishment to the top and journaling to the bottom.

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Left: daydreamer papers, Right: eternal sunshine / more + less and On My Desk badge.

Here is one in action. The fifty-fifty card adds a fun pop of color, picking up the wood grain and red/pinks from the photo above it. And it makes an interesting “home” for the button I brought home from Salt & Straw.

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Use them as a base for mementos. Here I stapled an oversized business card to one and adhered an Instax from a recent vacation to the other. Below I used my favorite standby, the colored paperclip, to hold a few scraps of the day’s outing to a card. I like how the mix of solids and patterns peeks around the edges of my memorabilia.

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Left: heirloom / the weekender, Right: diptych / the magic hour

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quintessentials no. 4  / on my desk

Use them as journaling cards. Sometimes I only need to add a few lines of text to a card but don’t want the card to look too plain. Using a more monochromatic combination helps fill the space without overwhelming it and gives me a nice baseline for the veneer. Although you could easily add a title or important date using thickers or small letter stickers.

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Left: outdoorsy / more + less, Right: road trip / downtime, both with On My Desk wood veneers

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Here they all are together. Fun, right? 

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Next time you’re feeling inspired to add some extra color to your scrapbook, consider making some fifty-fifty cards of your own.

xo, jamaica

See more of my projects here or follow me online at my blog, on Instagram or see what inspires me on Pinterest.

 

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • andrea February 10, 2015, 12:22 pm

    what a great idea! The combination is just awesome.

  • Nicole February 10, 2015, 12:35 pm

    whoa. I have been in a project life funk and this post lit a fire under my butt…so excited and inspired right now, couldn’t love this more! Wanting to apply this to 20+ different things in my life, just off the top of my head 😉 thank you!

  • Leontien February 10, 2015, 11:51 pm

    This is so simple yet brilliant Jamaica, love it!

  • Catherine February 11, 2015, 4:56 am

    Love this, Jamaica! All the ideas for what to do with them are sparking some creativity over here – yay!

  • Nicole February 11, 2015, 10:12 am

    Well if you aren’t just full of amazing. I love these so much!

  • Esther February 12, 2015, 11:40 am

    Wow, just love it! So simple, but with a dramatic effect!

  • Kim Edsen February 20, 2015, 5:29 am

    These are so cool. I can’t wait to use this idea on a layout! Thank you!

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