When I was a little girl I could never, ever find anything with my name on it. Stickers. Stamps. Mugs. Pens. T-shirts. Nothing.
Alexandra back in the 80’s wasn’t exactly a top 10 baby name list qualifier so any stickers or stamps that all my friends had at school, I would always have to settle for the boy version of the star stamp of Alex or the cutesy heart version of Sandy (which is so absurd because I never been called that by anyone in my life – Alex it usually was and Alley, but not even Lexi). My birth certificate spelling of my name no less is Aleksandra. I was born in Poland, came to Canada when I was 3 years old and that’s my legal name spelling on every document I own. And yet I have never used that spelling in my entire life. It actually feels strange when I look at my drivers license because it doesn’t feel like my identity. It’s simply the Eastern European spelling of Alexandra.
Now that I am grown up of course I see my name on everything and thanks to the wonderful world of Etsy and online shopping these days you can personalize just about anything.
Thanks everyone. Where the hell was this when I was 7 and watching all the Jennifer’s decorate their pencil cases with glittery star stickers with their names in the middle?
So on that note, one of my favourite birthday card crafts to do for my kids friends is a simple personalized name birthday card. This doesn’t have to be just for kids but they usually get a huge kick out of seeing their name on anything (wonder where that idea came from) vs our adult selves who would be way too cool to ever admit they’d consider framing it on our walls.
And I can’t believe I haven’t shared this on here before.
Here are some recent ones I made and the really easy how to.
Get yourself some card stock, an exacto knife, a glue stick and fabric or ribbons of your choice.
I do not have fancy programs on my computer (we’re talking Microsoft Word 2003 edition) so I type up and print out the names in an easy to cut out font in that program. I then position and tape the name cut out to the front of the card stock. After I use the exacto knife to trace over and cut out the letters.
If you press firmly enough you should get through the 2 layers of paper very easily. For any parts that don’t pop out easily just re-trace with the knife in the spots you missed. Use a ruler for the letter tracing as it makes it a thousand times easier. Except all the curved letters. Darn you people with your S’s and C’s and O’s in your names.
If you are not using a stencil type font, remember to save the insides of the letters such as A, D, B…you get the idea.
Yes. I know. I need a cutting machine. Until then, I do this.
Thereafter you have several options. You can get some fabric scraps, ribbons, washi tape etc. and that will be your backing.
For the ribbons I just glue them onto regular paper and trim the paper size to fit the back of the card stock.
And then I take my glue stick and put it all over the back of the card stock. Make sure you get all the little nooks and crevices of every letter.
And you’ll get this.
I think a great alternative would be to have a saying on it like Happy Birthday or Happy Mother’s Day and then have your backing be a child’s drawing or even scribbles for a toddler, so it can be a co-project for you both. Or a photograph peeking through. I’m on it, I swear.
Happy card crafting!