Saturday, September 29, 2012

Another Paper Bag Album

Hard to believe it but here is another album I created using those paper lunch bags. Isn't it just too stinkin' cute? I sure think so! And the idea came from one of those Kathy Orta YouTube tutorials. I just love her album ideas! She is so creative!

I made this album out of another very old paper pack I found in my stash the other day. I am so happy to be using up all this old paper. I've got way too much of it!
Sorry about the quality of these photos. I must have been in a hurry when I took them because my photos aren't usually this blurry.
 This album is not done by any means but I just wanted to share some of what I have done with it. There are tons of pockets, tags, flaps and interactive elements to this album that it will take some time yet to complete but it has been fun to create so far.

As you can see by this photo, there are several pages inside so you can imagine how many flaps, tags and pockets there are for stuffing with photos, journaling and other interactive mini albums within the album.

And don't you just LOVE the twill ribbon binding? I think it's adorable!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed the second album I've shared today.

Happy scrampin'!


A Matchbook Album

I have been perusing YouTube a lot lately and found a tutorial for this sweet matchbook album. Can you believe it is made with paper lunch bags? Amazing! And the lady who created this - Kathy Orta - is amazing! I didn't use the same type of paper bags that she used but the ones I used worked fine with a little adjustment. If you enjoy creating this type of project, you must check out her YouTube channel.

The papers I used were very old ones (My Mind's Eye Bohemian Christmas) that I discovered in my stash a few days ago and decided this was the perfect project to use them on.

The first photo shows the front cover with the belly band in place. The band slides off nicely so you can open the album. The snowflakes were created with the new 'Artiste' Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart. Love them!

I must ask you not to look too closely at the details on this album as I did make a few minor mistakes. Ha ha! I know, it's a handmade item and will not be perfect but it still bothers me when I make silly little mistakes that I will NOT make again on the next one!

Here is the inside with the front cover flap flipped open. I made my album with 6 lunch bags and there are openings at the top where I inserted a tag in each one. The tags can hold a photo on each side which greatly adds more space to store your memories.

I haven't completed the decorating of this album yet so will probably add some words on the tabs at the top of the tags plus some flat embellishments on the pages so as not to make it too bulky. But it is too plain for my taste so I will definitely be adding more to it!

I still need to put a title on the front but not sure yet what it will be - maybe Winter Memories? What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed looking at my newest album creation. Check out the tutorial on this album and if you make one, please share it. Have a great day and happy scrampin'!


Monday, September 17, 2012

From The Heart Book

Here is something I've been wanting to do for quite some time after seeing something similar on Pinterest. Good old Pinterest! What would we all do without that awesome 'bulletin board'? Loving it for inspiration on just about ANYTHING. Anyway, I'm getting off-topic sort of....

.....this is a book I put together today of all the greeting cards - store-bought (gasp!) as well as handmade - that my husband and I received this year. The cards we gave each other for birthdays and holidays are also in here - not just cards from others.

This year's book is probably one that will be a tad bit fatter than other years I plan to do from now on as this was the year we lost my mother-in-law and we received so many lovely sympathy cards that I just couldn't part with them.

Here is an inside view of the book showing a few of the cards. There are 23 of them in here and I am sure I missed a card or two but will easily be able to add them in when I find them. The binder rings I used are silver but I am planning to change them out to match the antique brass heart that adorns the front cover as soon as I find some that are at least 1 1/2" in diameter.

I had fun making this today and it actually worked up pretty quickly. The most time-consuming part was punching all the gosh darn holes in the cards! It was well worth it though! I'm thinking a separate book for the Christmas cards will be nice, too! Maybe I'll start working on the front & back covers and have it ready to add all those gorgeous Christmas cards we receive every year.

I hope you will try something like this with all the greeting cards you've received this year and I'd love to see it!

Thanks for stopping in! Happy scrampin'!


A Cute 'Scholastic' Envelope Mini Album

I had a lot of scraps left over from the Scholastic paper pack from Close To My Heart and wanted to share with you what I made with them. This is such a cute little album that I just couldn't keep it to myself. I've put together a slideshow so you can see what I've done so far on the inside pages.

The album is made with five #10 envelopes, which measure 4 1/4" x 9 1/2" and is based on this video I found on YouTube. It was fairly quick and easy to put together - the hardest part is deciding how to decorate it so it is still a work-in-progress at this point.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart unless noted:
X7159B - Scholastic paper pack - $9.95
CC1020 - It's Your Day (National Stamping Month promotion - ask me about it!) - only $5.00 with a $35 order
Z2111 - Chocolate ink - $5.25
Z2140 - Outdoor Denim ink - $5.25
Z2170 - Ruby ink - $5.25
Z1316 - Cocoa Ribbon - $7.95
Z1760 - Burlap Ribbon - $7.95
Z1365 - Cocoa & Colonial White brads - $4.95
Z1366 - Pewter brads - $4.95
Five #10 envelopes bought at Giant

Contact me if you'd like to purchase any of the supplies so you can make one of these cute little albums of your own. They make great gifts so keep that in mind in the coming weeks as the holidays are fast-approaching although they work great as all-occasion gifts as well. 

Hope you've enjoyed my album! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Make It From Your Heart Class #2

If you liked the previous layout for the very first 'Make It From Your Heart' class, you are going to like this one, too! This one was also created with the Dakota papers that I have been having so much fun with. I hope you aren't getting tired of it yet! I also used the Pewter Mini Medleys that work perfectly with the colors of the papers. The banners are the Dimensional Elements Chipboard Banners covered with pattern paper. I stamped on the three grey wood-look ones and sanded the other two in preparation for possibly stamping some words on them. Not sure whether I'll do that or not. I did, however, stamp some words on the grey ones - You're Amazing, You're the Best and #1 from one of the stamp sets that comes with the Artiste Cricut Collection. Knots created with Black Hemp adorn the tops of the chipboard banners and Baker's Twine is tied on the buttons.

Here is the card we will also create during this class using one of the card patterns in the 'Make It From Your Heart' booklet. 

 Be sure to let me know if you'd like to attend the next 'Make It From Your Heart' class scheduled for October 15, 16 & 17 by October 1. The cost for this class is $16. If you attended the first class, you received the 'Make It From Your Heart' booklet in your supply order and will NOT need to purchase that booklet again but will bring it with you to the next class. If you did not attend the first class but wish to attend this one, you MUST purchase the booklet at an additional cost of $9.00, which includes shipping & tax. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great week everyone!

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