Getting reacquainted with my typewriter.

Do you know what this is?

What is that?

It is my old IBM Selectric typewriter that I have loved for thousands of years.  Well….maybe not that long but it has been with me forever.

IBM Selectric

Having gone to computers and printers this wonderful, and HEAVY, machine has been neglected for way too long.  It is time to put this old girl to use.  That is if I can remember how it works 😉

How does this thing work?

Split Coast Stampers has a library of sentiments to include in cards.  At least they used to have, it has been so many years since I have delved into their site.  I printed out a gazillion of the sentiments and made a notebook with categories separated by tabs.  This was done way back in 2006.  I’ve just been to their site and can’t find a “SEARCH” button.  If there is someone out there that knows how to get to this library please leave a link.  I, and others, would appreciate it.

Card sentiments from Split Coast Stampers

I’m trying to make some cards for Operation Write Home.   One of the “No-No’s” is to hand write anything on the cards.  There have been several military wives that have been concerned their husband’s have gone astray.

Since I don’t have very many rubber stamps but do have a lot to say 😀 I thought it was time to get my dear friend into the mix.

Type the sentiment

I’ll type the sentiment.  That will take care of my problem 😀  The ink ribbon has left some smudges but I think that only adds to the whole thing.


Alrighty now!  I have the inside done.  Not quite sure what I’m going to do with the outside 😦


Here is a card I finished a couple days ago.  I thought a father in the military might like to have a card to encourage a daughter.  Pink and gray.  I’m not very good with this card making thing but I’m giving it my best shot.  This card needs something up in the left corner.  It is going as it is.  If I start messing around then it will be “all over with but the crying”.

Pink and gray card

The man’s image and the sentiment are both from Club Scrap.  The “definition” is from a sticker set I have had for many years.  The pink papers are from Stampin’ Up! and the gray paper is from Club Scrap.  The card is blank inside.

I’m also in the process of figuring out what to take with me on the road.  We will be leaving on January 2nd so I had better get my butt in gear.

Later – Leslie

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 12:56:05

    I have had a quick look around Splitcoast but can’t find a library of sentiments. Perhaps they have done away with it, I will enquire the next time I visit the forum. Never did get the hang of typewriters; the school I went to had a typewriting class where those girls who wanted to be secretaries learnt how to type without looking at the keys and also learnt Pitman shorthand as I was intended to be a nurse I went into that side of things at school so while I was messing around in the laboratories learning chemistry, physics and human biology the other girls were typing and taking shorthand 🙂
    How about a flower for the top left hand corner of the lovely card? A stamped flower if you can’t use a ‘proper’ one.
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


    • Message In A Fold
      Dec 28, 2012 @ 18:40:09

      You never got the hang of a typewriter….I never got the hang of mathematics, biology, or chemistry. Shorthand was a lost art by the time I was in high school so that was not offered or I probably would have taken it.

      The top of that pink and gray card….I’m leaving it alone. I know that once I begin tweaking the next thing I know is that it tanks. I’m going to be investigating the Splitcoaststampers website a bit more later tonight. I do need to see if they have done away with the sentiments. They are really awesome.

      Okay, I’m off now to check on your blog and get a better look at your cards than what I saw of them from my phone.

      Love you – Leslie


  2. nehiker
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 19:24:05

    Love the card, as a member of the military as well as family in the military. Operation Write Home is an awesome organization to support.


    • Message In A Fold
      Dec 28, 2012 @ 20:37:44

      Thank you for your kind comment on my card. I appreciate it. Thank you, also, for stopping by my blog.

      I would like to, personally, Thank You for your service in our military. Your sacrifices, both home and abroad, are very much appreciated. You and your family know the hardships involved when stepping up to the challenge to serve our country. My husband and I support you in your efforts and try to do what we can to show our appreciation.



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