I was needing a gift for an exchange and thought I would work with calendar images from my sister's calendars. She produces several every year - this year she created a nature, black and white cityscape, owl and tea one! They have wonderful photographs and it seems a shame not to reuse them. I used photos from the past two years from a Nature and Alberta Road Trip calendars that I received for Christmas. You can check out her Simple Sentiments cards sets with a similar format. She also has several sets listed here.
I started by downloading frames - the scrolly one is from Clipartkid and the oval one is from Graphics Fairy - which I positioned at the bottom four quarter pages in my layout program, added the greetings with a nice font and printed on white cardstock. I laser printed the letter sized pages and trimmed them apart to be 4" x 5.25". I trimmed the images from the 4" x 6" calendar pages to fit above the greetings leaving an even margin. I glued the images to the greeting layer and then added a bit of watercolour to the greeting to coordinate with the image and then glued this larger focal element to the front of a coordinating card. Quick and easy greeting cards and a environmentally friendly reuse project!! I am off to get them packaged for the party!