Sunday, March 25, 2012

Posh Mini Album

     My dear friend Rachelle Black took some amazing pictures of my daughters late last summer, and I've been saving them up for the perfect project. When I got the Posh Collection by Theresa Collins on Scrapbook Steals, I knew this paper would make the perfect backdrop for a cute mini album. The kit came with chipboard covers, and I created four more pages to go inside. The album holds 24 photos altogether with lots of hidden flaps and fold-out pages. I had so much fun making this album, and it's a fabulous way to showcase all my favorite Rachelle photos in one place!

     Here are some highlights:

(I don't have the binding decorated yet, but I couldn't wait to share!)

This photo pulls out with space on the other side.

My absolute favorite photo. I think Rachelle captured my daughters beautifully!

This page has a pull tab that opens to revel two wallet sized photos. The embellies in this album are rather simple because I wanted it to hold so many photos.

     I've had a blast doing mini albums lately, and seeing my daughters enjoy them is just priceless. Scrapbooking is all about sharing the love you have for others, and I love making my girlies feel special!

     Thanks for stopping by today! If you live in the Bozeman area and are interested in contacting Rachelle for photo services, please send me a message and I'll let you know how to get in touch with her. Thanks, Rachelle!

Card Patterns #155 (Three Weeks Late)

     I love playing along with challenge blogs, but it seems I can NEVER get my projects done and photographed on time. Using these challenges as a way to inspire personal creativity might be the best I can manage until I'm able to craft consistently. Anyway, here's my take on Card Patterns Sketch #155 three weeks late:

And here's the sketch:

     I had lots of fun trying out some Graphic 45 ABC Primer Stamps I've had in my stash for a while. I thought this might make a cute thank you for a teacher since the end of the school year will be here before we know it!

Thanks for stopping by today, and here's to all your crafty adventures!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Best Bunnies

    Six months in, and I'm still LOVING my subscription to My Creative Scrapbook! I've loved every kit so far, but I think January's has to be my favorite with its Winterland goodies in my all-time color picks of pink and robin's egg blue. We've had almost no snow this winter in Montana, which is not only weird and disconcerting; it's made for a sad lack of wintery photos for scrapbooking. For this layout, I chose an indoor shot with the Christmas tree in the background, which is really the only clue that there was a winter here at all!

Here are a few details:

I dyed the canvas flower with Worn Lipstick Distress ink and attached a pearl to the center. The rolled roses are vintage Christmas music, and the wooden snowflake was covered with tissue paper for texture and glittered to make it extra sparkly. The leaves are die cut book paper.

This page commemorates my daughter's special relationship with her favorite stuffed animal, and I wanted to title the page without making the text overwhelming. This image from SU's new Apothecary Art stamp set and Framelits Die fit the bill perfectly! The faux stitching was done with brown marker and a white gel pen. I think I'll be using this technique a lot!

This week I'm enjoying a little extra free time during Spring Break, so hopefully I'll have more projects to post soon. Thanks for stopping by, my friends!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rue Des Fleurs

     I had tons of fun last weekend playing with the new Rue Des Fleurs stamp set and matching papers from the Stampin' Up mini catalog! My stash of thank you cards is running a little low after Christmas, so I decided to try my hand at an "interactive" card pack using these supplies.  Here are the cards I came up with:

This one is an easel card made with SU's new Framelits Dies. I love this vintage parasol stamp!

The second is a pocket card with a removable tag. This corset stamp and the accompanying message are just too much! Love, love, love!

I had a hard time thinking of a good way to use the trumpet image since it's a little smaller, but in the end I tried a center step card with vintage music paper.

And lastly, the diamond fold card. Alas, I was dumb and attached my ribbon before fully understanding the mechanics of how this all works, so my ribbon ties on top of the focal point. Oops. It was a learning experience, right? Here's a view of the inside:

     I hope this post inspires you to try some fun card folds! Have a lovely spring weekend, my friends!