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The Most Creative Birthday Card Ever

The Most Creative Birthday Card Ever

Are store-bought cards too bland for your liking? Here are some amazing projects that add a twist to the traditional “card” to that you can spice up any occasion like a birthday or even an anniversary.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need the following:

-Scalpel

-Ruler

-Scissors/Corner Punch

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-Some paper of your choice

-Printed pictures/stickers (for decoration if desired)

-Something to write with

-Glue/Tape

Step 2: The 3D Teddy Bear Card

Provided by this source.

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Before anything, you first need a decoupage teddy bear. You can purchase this in arts and crafts stores. Or look at this to see how you can make a decoupage.

1. Start off by folding a card stock in half.

2. Put your 3D decoupage image on the front of the card. Then, draw a box around the image and leave half of an inch border on each side.

3. You can use a corner punch or a scissor to round off the top right hand corner.

4. Taking a piece of colored paper of your choice, place it on the inside of the card so that the square flap stands out.

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5. Next, put your decoupage picture on the front of the card and secure it in place with tape or glue.

6. You can decorate the front panel of the card along the empty space.

Those are the basics. But, if you want to make your card extra fancy, click on the word “source” for the visuals.

More Ideas

There are a ton of great ideas that can be used for cards. The following links are different types of card ideas that can spark your creativity.

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DIY Cards

These are just a few ideas. However, you can create the card with as many personal tweaks as you want.

Make it personal by adding your own writings. Or, print out some quotes to cut and paste on the card. The possibilities are endless.

Have fun! Arts and crafts aren’t just a way of killing time. Enjoy the project!

Quick Tip

If you have any leftover scraps that you feel will be useful later on, keep them. You can use them to create more cards or another project.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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