Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My "Quarantine" Project...Remaking Thrift Store Stationery!

Hi, Friends.....

No, I am not sick.....or in quarantine. Idaho is not under lockdown, but we are encouraged to not go anywhere....which is fine by me!    So I am just calling this my "quarantine" project since, like many of you, I am (rather cheerfully) staying home (and crafting...a little bit) during this virus thing.

Some weeks ago while shopping at a thrift store, I picked up a big box of 106 pretty Serenity Prayer stationery notes and matching envelopes in a lovely blue "parchment" finish. The notes are quarter-folded of paper weight stock.

I like the Serenity prayer, but sure didn't need 106 of them! And I actually picked up the box for just the envelopes alone. The thrift store price was unbelievably low...only 80 cents!!!

Well, I couldn't just toss out the notes, and I wanted some of the paper for making liners for my own cards. So I die-cut scalloped and straight-edged rectangles right through the 4 layers of each card to remake them into cards to give away.

That way I ended up with the decorated panels for card fronts plus liners for the inside of the notes and extras to use for myself.

I had some decades-old navy cardstock that a friend had given me....way back when the kids were young. I still had a pile of it and I knew it would be just right for these notecards.

So I went to work putting fronts and liners on the navy cardstock, and paired them with plain white envelopes...keeping the pretty blue ones for myself! :)



I bundled up sets of 6 notes, 3 plain edge and 3 scalloped edge, with envelopes into sandwich bags.

By the time I was finished, I had over 100 pretty envelopes plus 200 liners to keep for myself.....and a box of simple but attractive notecard sets to give away.  I will leave these at our tiny church for people to pick up if they wish (no church meetings until at least Palm Sunday for us) and donate any that are leftover elsewhere.

The Serenity Prayer is an encouraging one to remember during these trying times:
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

The above is only a portion of the prayer. You can read the rest of it HERE.

I hope you liked my quarantine project. It was a way to use the parts of this thrift store find that I didn't want....and a way to hopefully share peace and hope with others. I'd love to read about things you have been doing to spread joy and peace to those around you during this time.

Stay healthy and safe!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this project in the following challenges:
1. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #432-433 - AG
3. DL.ART March Linky Party - AG
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
5. CARDZ-TV Challenge #110 - AG
6. The Creative Crafters Challenge #26 - AG


  1. WOW Janis, what a find AND for 80 cents!!! You had a great idea for turning them into lovely cards sets. Well done.
    Aside from cooking and cleaning I have had little time, energy or desire to craft since the new year but I am starting to feel some motivation to do so. January was spend deep cleaning and painting our main bathroom/laundry room and it motivated me to move through the main part of the house. However, my craft room seemed to be the “catch-all” room and turned into a disaster area rather quickly. Hence, no crafty mojo... now that it is tidied up somewhat I am beginning to want to do something more enjoyable. TFS.

  2. its so beautiful!
    I love that text with cats!
    I always try do my best and help when I can.

  3. Very nice quarantine project!


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