Posts Tagged 'scrapbooking'

REUSE: Ribbon Storage

As promised, here are two ideas for ribbon storage, which reuse different type of containers.  The first, is a vertical ribbon dispenser, formerly known as a container for Martha Stewart’s sugar cookie mix. 🙂  The execution isn’t great (I couldn’t find my SHARP box cutter), but you get the idea and it works!

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I’m running low on ribbon…that’s why it isn’t full. 🙂

Have a lot of ribbon scraps and an old candy box (I like petit fours boxes because the shapes are all uniform)?

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If your odds and ends are organized, you are more likely to use them!  While the “Use Your Stash” challenge is officially over, I hope everyone feels invigorated about putting the “scrap” back in “scrapbooking!”

Along those same lines, check out this workshop, as posted by Ali Edwards, on how to create scrapbook art out of anything!

Christmas Crafting

Now that the gifts have been given, I can show you what I created in the two-day frenzy otherwise known as “Christmas preparation.”  Once grading was finished, I had two days before leaving for home to make, wrap, and send. I will NOT do that again. At any rate.

For my sister:

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For my dad, the wine lover/cook, I made a trivet.  I knew he’d scan the corks to see which wineries he recognized:

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And for the grandparents, a wreath (picture isn’t great, sorry):

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Maybe I’ll start now for next Christmas, LOL.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Book about the history of Scrapbooking in America

I’m glad scrapbooking is beginning to get recognized on the scholarly side of things.  In my own research, I’ve found scrapbooks to be very useful, especially when working on American life in the nineteenth century.  This could be a potentially interesting read.

Wedding Album Pages

Sorry, for privacy reasons, I have covered the photos, but you can get the general idea. These are two layouts for my wedding album, both with pictures from the rehearsal. The first, “Three Faces of Me” has three shots that are almost identical, except for my facial expression. My husband and I are standing in front of the pastor, but you can only see my face. In the first one, I’m looking at the pastor with this confused look on my face. In the second, I’m listening intently and in the third, I’m looking quite adoringly at my husband (its kinda cheesy and funny, actually).

Three Faces of Me

Three Faces of Me

MATERIALS: Background paper (with the wonderful ginkgo leaves) is #34468 Amplified FM Radio line from American Crafts; Letter stickers are “5th Ave Shimmer Stickers” (Making Memories); and the scalloped circle for journaling is from Maya Road. Journaling reads:” Confusion. Interest. Adoration. An expression for every emotion as we “practice” for the next day.”

The second layout, “A Father Prepares” has two photos of me and my dad as he “practices” giving me away. 🙂

A Father Prepares

A Father Prepares

The photo does not do the paper justice. This paper was marked “Zinnias” but I have no idea who the maker is. It might be Paper Source as I’m pretty sure that’s where I bought it. All I know is that I love it, and the Amy Butler Designer Mats (K & Co) coordinated perfectly! I used a plastic tag from Maya Rd with noah rubons (also Maya Rd). The yellow tag is cut from a cheapy sample I received in the mail, trying to get me to sign up for some scrapbooking club.

Unconditional Love

I was inspired by Creative Therapy’s Catalyst this week, #21: “First memory of Love,” to start a mini album on the theme of my family. I went with a really sparse layout because for me, that was most emblematic of the love my grandparents had for me. Simple, uncomplicated, and unconditional. I decided not to journal because I felt the two words “unconditional love” said it all. It is perhaps not my first memory of love, but it is certainly one of the most potent and least complicated. I found this photograph in the stash I received after they died last year. The quality of the photo isn’t great, but the sentiment is there. This is the first time I’ve used a monochromatic layout (in lavender shades with small celadon accents)—again, to keep things simple and unencumbered.

MATERIALS: I used some of the Maya Road materials I received in my first RAK win at Creative Therapy. 🙂

Maya Road Chipboard Album “Lunch break”; paper stash (Provo Craft); Lavender ColorBox pigment brush pad; Maya Road Noah Rubons (RUB 630); Hero Arts “Heart of Love” stamp (C2046); Dashes, Dots & Checks Ribbon

AND, just a reminder, as of this posting, only 60 more hits until my reasonable, not over-the-top giveaway. 🙂

Catalyst #16: Dream Home

Originally I was going to do all the Creative Therapy catalyst projects on postcards (like this one), but this week’s catalyst required a full-on layout. 🙂 I opted for no journaling, but I’ll give you the scoop here. This is for Catalyst #16: Dream Home.

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I’ve already lived in my dream home. 🙂 It was the house in which I grew up. We called it the banana castle because to me, at my young age, it seemed as large as a castle and it was painted the color of the inside of a banana. My mother was the Queen and I was the Princess (of course). I think dad got to be the de facto King.

In the box of snapshots from my grandparents were quite a few pictures of that house. This was a real treasure for me as I had no photographs of that house/that time in my life prior to discovering that box!

In some ways, the house was very much a dream–a dream borne from childhood innocence. I loved to sashay down that staircase, like Anna in the King and I. Even now, decades later, I can still feel the textured wallpaper on the walls, and i can still smell the apricots fresh off the tree in the backyard. I remember the smallest details of that house, down to the decorative shapes on the heating grates.

The house no longer looks like it does in that picture but in my dreams it is always my Banana Castle.

MATERIALS: Chelsea Vine Flowers Flat Glitter Vellum (Brenda Walton for K & C Co., #635395); recto & verso sides of Bo-Bunny Press Summer Sage Vine #12SGV802 (mat for photos); pink stripe vellum #13306 by Susan Branch for Colorbök; Mark Richards pearls; “Meadow Flowers” ribbon from Michaels; Martha Stewart blue tags; and “Printer’s Type Alphabet” stamps by HeroArts.

Ellen’s Birthday Book

When my projects are properly inspired, I can get more elaborate than resorting to my trusty Paper Source letterpress tags and some cool paper. 🙂 My dear friend Shaz, maker of these extraordinarily beautiful bags and other crafty stuff, has an adorable daughter who just turned 1 year old! I don’t live near Shaz, but I wanted to mark the occasion in some meaningful way. That’s when I decided to start a birthday book for Ellen. Every year, around her birthday, she will receive a new page for her album, scrapbooked by me, that reflects the past year in some way. This (I hope) will also ensure that I’m staying in good contact with her mama!

This year, Ellen received a beautiful table and chairs set which Shaz painted pink and green. She also took this great photo of Ellen having tea with her daddy. I nabbed the photo, had a print made, bought an album with removable pages, (although mine had stripes) and scrapped away!

Here is the full layout. (Sorry, the color is a little off–natural light was uncooperative that day):

2008 page for Ellen

Here is a detail of the teapot applique I made. I found the template here, and reduced it 50% on my copy machine, traced it on vellum and added a rub-on transfer flower, ornamented with a “pearl” in the center (Crystal Stickers “Pearls” by Mark Richards (Style #1952 5 mm)).

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The paper, which had these great flocked pink birds (“Oh So Moody/Birds” Heidi Grace Designs for Fiskars), was the beginning of my inspiration. I added the year with some bright green rub-on transfers.

OTHER MATERIALS/PROCESSES: For Name: “Old Claude” letter stamps from Paper Source (I can now stamp anything for anyone named Ellen, Elle, ,Nell, Len, Lee, etc…), stamped with Color Box pigment (“pistachio”), then heat-embossed with “Rainbow Sparkle Lite” embossing powder from JudiKins, on “Blossom Clover Chart” paper from Paper Source. I cropped each letter, and outlined the letters with a fine-tipped magenta Sharpie.

The “1” is hand-cut (duh) from the reverse side of the “Blossom Clover Chart” paper, and pasted on “cupcake” paper (Doodlebug Design)*

*Be warned, if you use this paper, you will likely “glitter” for several days, as will all the furniture, and your cat.


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