DIY Card Stock Swatch Book

Hi everyone!

Have you ever seen a package of patterned paper that you love {and know that you would find lots of uses for} but wonder if the card stock you already have would coordinate with it? With a card stock swatch book, picking out perfect paper combinations for your projects will be easy. There are a couple of different methods for creating swatch books.

#1} A binder with pocket pages which will hold not only card stock samples but also ink, marker and Nuvo Drop swatches. For this sample, I just used a few examples from a pack of Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock. The pockets measure 2″ so I cut the squares to 1 7/8″ square and slipped them in keeping them together in their color family. If the card stock you are using has specific color names, print off labels for them as shown below in example #2.

 

 

 

#2} Cut squares of card stock and fasten them together with a binder ring. With this method it can be made small enough so that it can be kept in your purse so that it’s always handy! The squares are cut to measure 3″ x 3″ and a small hole is punched in each top left corner. Then I printed off the card stock color names, cut them out and glued them on. These could also be printed off on small self adhesive computer labels. A binder ring holds them and the company name all together. Slip this swatch book into a small zip lock bag and it’s ready to go!

 

I hope you find these ideas for card stock swatch books helpful. Feel free to share your creations 🙂

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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DIY Fabric Refresher

Hi everyone!

Todays post is a topic completely different from what I usually do but I hope you find it helpful.

It’s the time of year to get started at spring cleaning. After the long cold winter that we had, it’s nice to get things freshened up inside. Fabric furnishings can get a bit stale over time. And even if you wash your sheets on a regular basis, your mattress may not be getting the attention it needs. But you can freshen things up in no time with a little help from a common and inexpensive product you most likely have in your kitchen ~ baking soda. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer so it will help neutralize odors. It won’t clean away any stains using this method but will help to freshen.

 Add about 1 cup of baking soda to a fine mesh strainer or to a jar with holes in the lid {use like a shaker}. Sprinkle directly and evenly onto the mattress, sofa/chair or throw pillows. Let sit for a couple of hours and then vacuum very thoroughly to remove all the baking soda. ∗Please note: I haven’t tried this on regular carpet yet so please be sure to research this before you try it. I did however use it on the door mats and it worked great.

If you are fan of fragrance oils, place the baking soda in a bowl and add 10-12 drops {don’t add too much} of essential/fragrance oil and stir to blend well. Then add to the strainer or jar to apply. This leaves a nice fresh scent! I used a Clean Cotton fragrance oil which left the house smelling really nice.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net