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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…


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


Here they all are together. Fun, right? 


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

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{ 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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