The prompts I had received for this card were simply "landscape" and "vintage cameras". Again, I did not know where it was destined for a male or female recipient so I needed to keep it pretty neutral In the end I used white for the box and inserts and chose the photographs that seemed to fit the "distance" requirements of the tiny frames. I used 2, 12" x 12" sheets of White 240gsm "Vivaldi" by Canson for the main base as I have found this smooth, foldable and adhesive tolerant paper is by far the best paper to use in my Brother ScanNCut machine. It also has the big advantage of being freely available, albeit in a limited colour range, at the Hobart Spotlight store. The remaining pieces I cut from some 210gsm Neenah Solar White, which is another great paper for the cutting machine.
I cut out three different shaped bases before I finally decided which one to use. Getting the size and shape of the box right is fairly crucial to the successful visual appeal of a box card and this one was a bit tricky...the photographs had to be large enough to be obvious while the vintage camera images had to be sized carefully so one could see what they were, but without an overly inappropriate scale making them look ridiculous.
I searched my Graphic Fairy folders for suitable vintage camera images and I also included a couple of bird and camera images from my EVG digital file, watching the birdie being a fairly dated photographic prompt. I fussy cut these all out and attached them to posts ready for placement. If they really don't like the birds, both can be removed easily with a snip from a scissor...I just like the touch of whimsy they add to this rather static card.
I cut the "frames", a larger one on the front of the rear panel and a smaller one framing the front photograph from a couple of whitewashed board pages from one of my favourite 6.5" Kaisercraft paper pad, Base Coat.
I used scraps of this paper to also mat the two side flaps, using a small decorative die to cut these out neatly. I found my old, seldom used Tim Holtz acetate film strip embellishment and added a tiny piece to each of the side panels and the card was done...
A couple of months ago I tried a new pudding recipe I had copied ages ago from a library book and never tried. It is called Malva Pudding, a recipe from South Africa, some say with Dutch origins.
The pudding rather resembles a sticky date pudding, but without the dates, although I am sure additives, especially fresh fruit like peaches , bananas or apricots might go down pretty well too...we may get past the plain version enough one day and try something...
The recipe is very quick and easy to make in the blender, needs only pantry supplies, keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days or freezes well, cut in individual portion sizes and well wrapped in cling film, reheats to a sticky dense spongy sweet caramel deliciousness - what's not to like?
I have added the recipe to the file, if you are feeling a bit down someday, and need pudding.