Monday, September 24, 2007

Binder Album

My friend Moniqua is having a workshop with Maya Road Lunch Box Binder Albums and Close to my Heart products. I created the prototype to encourage people to sign up (so if you're in the Eastern Connecticut area - come!).

Check out the gallery for more pics. The only non-CTMH items are the album itself and the ribbon. I painted the edges for a more finished look.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Heart Binder Album and Box

Hello again :)

I made a wonderful heart binder album and matching box for my friend Angie for her 40th birthday. Her favorite colors are green and blue, so I tried to stay with those colors, but I couldn't resist throwing in a little purple :)

I'm only going to post one photo, but you can view all of them in my gallery here.

I used lots of embellishments, but had to cut back when I noticed they were making the binder too wide for the box. I actually had a very hard time closing the binder rings when I put the finished pages in. Next time I'll know. I used various paper and fabric flowers, lots of really cute vintage stamp stickers, some vintage paper elements, ribbons and fibers, the cutest beaded hatpin, etc.

I did a crackle finish on the box. You can't really tell. I was expecting it look much different, but I'm still happy with the way it turned out :)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Kevin's Accordian Album

I made this for Kevin for our 5th wedding anniversary.

I used Basic Grey Vagabond papers. They've just discontinued it, but I love it because it's so masculine, yet so full of possibilities. It's perfect for Kevin.

The card uses stamps from Close to my Heart. I came up with the heart pocket idea myself :)

There is one page for every year we've been together plus one intro page, one for the future and one for love notes :)
I wish you could see the details for every page. I put a lot of love into this project and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.

This was my first attempt at an accordian style project. I wanted it to stand up on Kevin's desk at work. I attached the chipboard pages with hinges, but I only used one per fold. It wasn't as sturdy as it could be, so I've since redone it with two hinges on each fold (I should probably take new pictures - lol).

You may not be able to see it, but there is a hinged journaling block on most of the pages. I put a magnet on the last number of the year that holds the journaling block closed while it stands up. Behind the year I have hand-written the highlights from that respective year.

Anyway, honey, if you read this, I love you!

Altered Tin & Accordian Album

You may have guessed that my selections are completely random. I'm actually posting things as I find pictures. Most of my pictures are on my personal computer and not my laptop ... but I'll get to them eventually :)

Anyway, this is a wedding gift for a friend. It's an altered tin and accordian album. I've since learned that you can buy pre-made accordian albums, but I made this one myself by cutting and gluing cardstock together.

The tin was a gift card tin ($1) from Walmart that I covered with paper, ribbon, flowers, fibers and stickers. Gluing on the ribbon was tough.

You'll probably notice that I made glue fingerprints on the metal words. I didn't mean to, but at the time it was unavoidable. I'll figure out how to do it cleanly someday. It probably involves tweezers and patience. The latter is something I really struggle with :)


These are 'Thank You' cards I made for our Windham Bible Training Center graduating class to sign and give to our teachers.

They all have a common embellishment - the star that I bought at Walmart - yes, Walmart. I got the ribbon there, too :)

Believe it or not, four of the cards were made using paper I got from the Dollar Tree. So, they were relatively inexpensive cards, but very cute. Lots of love went into them.

It was fun to create these cards and I like how they all go together.

Explosion Box - More to Adore Paper

This is actually my latest creation.

It's an Explosion Box that I made (mostly) at Moniqua's last workshop in late August.

It features CTMH More to Adore Paper in great pinks and browns. It was a very romantic theme and I'm actually going to give it away as a wedding gift (thus the accompanying card).


Well, I finally got around to starting a blog. I was hoping to create a more professional gallery showcase, but never got around to it. So, due to several requests, I'm using this blog to display my latest and greatest crafting projects.

I absolutely love to scrapbook and do crafts. I just wish a had more time!!! I'm always looking for new projects to do.

I would love your comments, suggestions, ideas, etc.