For some girls, it’s shoes but for me, it’s stationery. I just love it! There’s something special about a brand new notebook, full of possibilities, ideas to be jotted down, doodles, drawings, note-taking, quote-writing and list-making.
I recently discovered The Stationery Place blog and its homemade Valentine’s Day card swap. I thought it would be a great way to get me to be a little creative on paper and to come up with an original idea for a Valentine’s Day card!
I wanted to find an inspirational quote about love which was familiar enough, but not overused. I began thinking about the quote “Love is blind” and its meaning. Then I wondered about doing a card spelling out the word “Love” in Braille as a play on this. I wanted to go deeper though, and looked to see what Helen Keller had to say about love and blindness. I read her story many times over as a child and I seemed to remember she was incredibly inspiring. I wasn’t let down:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” ― Helen Keller
Pure beauty in those words – and I wanted to write the quote in a white pen on white card, so that the recipient has to tilt the card in order to read it. The card would then reflect her words: a combination of something one touches and something which is difficult to see.
I used a regular hole punch and made the pattern in some card. The pattern was then taped onto the red paper I would be adding the Braille to – checking to ensure the pattern would come out the correct way!. I then carefully used the wooden end of a fine paintbrush to push through the bumps.
Here’s the end result:
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