Layout a Day = Card a Day!

by Lain Ehmann on February 4, 2013

Betty Weaver, one of our super-sweet Layout a Day (LOAD) 213 participants, had a BRILLIANT idea! While we’re creating a layout a day, why not create a card a day with the scraps and send it on to Operation Write Home?!


She’s so smart!

So, whether or not you are taking part in LOAD, I’d love to invite you to create a card or two (or 28!) to send off to a very worthy cause. Here are the general guidelines, as Betty explains it:

Now the quick overview: Operation Write Home provides quality handcrafted cards for deployed troops to send home so they can keep in touch.

Guidelines for creating your cards:

  • NO GLITTER! – if it will rub off it could endanger our troops by making them visible to night vision glasses.
  • A2 sized cards only and envelopes. Back of cards to include “OWH” – either stamped on or download the labels provided on theĀ flyers page.
  • Some dimension is ok.
  • NO store bought cards.
  • No handwritten sentiments – stamped or printed on your computer ok. (I often put no sentiment on so it can be used for any occasion)
  • Themes – since we are doing this on the fly so to speak general topics would be a good thing as the shipping date is so far in advanced it’s sometimes hard to get into the season they need. KID and TEEN appropriate cards are always needed and LOVE (not Valentine’s) is good.
  • If you use a dark color base please line with white as it is common that our troops only have pencil to write with.
  • Packing slips (found on the flyers page) is required. And wouldn’t it be awesome if those participating noted it was from LOAD!
  • Quality over quantity – these travel long distances both from the US and then back again. They are also often kept forever….
  • Any “hero” cards are awesome as it lets the troops know we appreciate them. These are great for kids to make.


Hope you can create at least a card or two! Have you created a card for OWH before? If so, add any tips below!



  • Annette Hindes

    Love that you are encouraging cards to Operation Write Home!
    Cards make such a huge difference to a Hero’s family

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    I can only imagine. Happy to do anything I can to help!

  • Kim Thomas

    I’m so glad to see that you are promoting OWH. I’ve been making cards for them for a few years, whenever I don’t have pics printed and I still need to play with paper. It’s such a good thing to make our heroes feel appreciated since they sacrifice so much for us. Take care. :)

  • Sheila Pereira

    Great cause. You can also follow them on Facebook at Operation Write Home.

  • Jani Lewis

    Great idea. I make cards for OWH every year. They share the hero responses and the soldiers and families are always very grateful. It is heartwarming to do a little something for those who are doing so much to keep us safe.

  • Beth L.

    Thanks for promoting OWH! I’ve been making cards for them for 3 years. It’s kinda taken over instead of scrapbooking but I really enjoy sending the cards to our deployed heroes.

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    So cool! I didn’t know they offered tutorials and such. Very neat!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Seriously – it’s the least we can do!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    I love the whole concept. Thanks for chiming in!

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  • Nancy F.

    This is great! I’ve been sending my cards to OWH for several years and I also work full time. Your layout a day is a lifesaver! Sometimes when I get home, I’m just to tired to think a lot. Your blog is a great way to give my brain a jump start!

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