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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 April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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