ID: Pearls

Mailing Due Date: June 13th, 2007
4.5"w x 4"h

I liked the layout for the roses so much I decided to do the Pearls one the same way.

I started out with white 110 lb cardstock, folded it over at the 4.5" point and then folded the cardstock again at the 3.75" point, leaving a 2.25" end piece. 

For the front, I found an image of flowers and traced it onto my cardstock. Colored it in with Prismacolor pencils; pinks and salmon and repeated these colors in the leaves before adding the greens. Added the lettering for the word "Pearls" with a Pentel Parallel Pen dipped in various colors of Gouache topped with Gold powder and the "of Wisdom" using a script type nib.

See detail pic below

Pearls_FrontOpen     Pearls_InsideOpen

Front fully opened (the quotes are written on both portions of the                                              Back fully opened
2.25" fold over, hidden under the flap)                                                                               



This is the back of the mingle page. The section on the right is a piece of cardstock glued to the page to create a matchbook closure. I added my particulars on the flap. The lace paper is a scrapbook paper from Hot off the Press - Paper Pizazz  pack "Very Pretty Papers". I attached the white satin ribbon to the back of the inside page to hold the flap closed.

Quote 1: The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results. Krishna

Quote 2: Walk slowly at a relaxed pace and you won't stumble. Tao-Te Ching

Quote 3: If you keep doing what you've always done,  you'll keep getting what you've always gotten. Kenneth Blanchard



Detail of the front page.


(author unknown or David Cohen)

There once was an oyster
Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.
It was only a grain,
But it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
Although they’re so plain.

Now, did he berate
The harsh working of fate
That had brought him
To such a deplorable state?
Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election,
And claim that the sea should
Have given him protection?


No – he sad to himself
As he lay on a shell,
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.
Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate
Destiny – stew.

And the small grain of sand
That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.
Now the tale has a moral;
For isn’t it grand
What an oyster can do
With a morsel of sand?

What couldn’t we do
If we’d only begin
With some of the things
That get under our skin.


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