Australian Standard Card Sizes plus a cute Kids Activity Idea!

When I first started cardmaking it would take me ages to work out my measurements!  And then I’d go to put everything together only to find out that they didn’t line up!

After a while, I realised that one set of standard card measurements would get me by.  I’ve always worked in inches for crafting (for no logical reason… because Australia works on a metric system!).  So, if you craft in centimetres, then this post blog may not be for you.  But, if you’re an inches kinda gal, then read on.

The standard size for an Australian A4 piece of cardstock is

11-3/4″ (approx) by 8-1/4″

– or in my way of thinking … 11.12″ x 8.4″.

Why do I think in “parts”?  Well, although not a factor 10 system like the metric system, imperial measurements still have consistency to them.  Each inch is made of 16 parts.  A quarter is 4 parts, half is 8 parts and three-quarters is 12 parts (and all the maths along the way).  Rulers that measure in inches have 16 little marks between each inch and usually every 4th mark is a more defined or longer than the others.  To keep it simple – because saying 3-16ths or trying to work out that 7-8ths is acutally 14 parts is a nightmare – I use these “parts” to form my measurements.

So, based on this way of thinking, every card I make (more or less) uses these same standard measurements:

  • The cardstock is half an A4 page = 5.14″ x 8.4″
  • This is scored at 4.2″ and folded to create a card front that is 5.14″ x 4.2″
  • The first mat (because I love layers) is 1/4″ (.4) smaller, so cut at 5.10″ x 3.14″
  • The second mat is 1/4 smaller again (1/2″ smaller than the card front), so cut at 5.6″ x 3.10″

Here’s a quick reference guide for your craft room

(click on the picture to make it larger):

Standard Aus Card Sizes-001


The second part of today’s post is the application of those measurements for a cute kids activity idea.

There has been an “all about Mummy” questionniare floating around FB for the page couple of weeks which I wanted to try it on my 4yo to see what she had to say.  I then asked her the same set of questions about her Dad.  Kids say the cutest things!

To make it into a keepsake, I asked her to draw a picture of her with each of us (using Mat 2 size cardstock) and then mounted this on Mat 1 and then the card front.  We’re going to give Daddy his when he gets home from work (if he doesn’t read about it on the blog first!).  I’m going to love reading this back when she’s bigger {and not quite so sweet!}.  And because they ended up so cute, I wanted to share them with you.  Kelly x

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*** Want to do the questionnaire with your kids?  Here it is:

Childs Name:
Age:

1. What is something Mummy always says to you? –

2. What makes Mummy happy? –

3. What makes Mummy sad? –

4. How does Mummy make you laugh? –

5. What was Mummy like as a child? –

6. How old is Mummy? –

7. How tall is Mummy? –

8. What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do? –

9. What does Mummy do when you’re not here? –

10. If Mummy becomes famous what will it be for? –

11. What is Mummy really good at? –

12. What is Mummy not very good at? –

13. What is Mummy’s job? –

14. What makes you proud of Mummy? –

15. What is Mummy’s favourite food? –

16. What do you & Mummy do together? –

17. How are you & Mummy the same? –

18. If your Mummy was a cartoon character who would she be? –

19. How are you & Mummy different? –

20. How do you know Mummy loves you? –

21. What does Mummy like best about Daddy? –

22. Where is Mummy’s favourite place to go? –

23. How old was Mummy when she had you? –

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