EDITED: There is a Santa. Melissa requested a trip to the scrapbook store to buy my Christmas gift. Who am I to deny the wonderful little child. So I obliged. She bought me these papers, a couple of bottles of Stickles, some Teardrops and a few spools of ribbon. I love that kid. She KNOWS me.
I found a new obsession, er, ah, I mean, a new playground. SWAP-BOT is a hosting site for swaps. I signed up and browsed around. I saw these adorable little matchboxes that were decorated and then filled with lovely little goodies.
Naturally I signed up for one. I found a Favorite Color swap. You send your partner a matchbox decorated and filled with goodies in their color choice. My partner likes highlighter yellow and electric blue. Here's what I came up with:
The matchbox is a 32 ct in size. I had NO idea what that was, but there is a template available on SWAP-BOT made by the founder, Rachel. It is roughly 1.5 inches by 2 inches by 1/2 inch. It was easy to make. Felt good to cut it out and glue it up. I printed the pattern onto regular paper and traced it onto the pretty papers I used. My partner has a well filled out profile, so I was able to send her some of the things she liked. They aren't really in the highlighter yellow or electric blue category, but I think they worked well anyway. The wire and fruit used on the outside of the box can be taken off and she can use them for other crafts if she wants to.
And here are the contents of the box.
I sent things she wanted and things I thought would work.
I also sent some shells because I am in Virginia Beach.
Thanks for looking. I am working on my Holiday Fun Matchbox swap today.
We are hosting Thanksgiving this year. We arent' formal, fancy people. We usually just wear jeans and t-shirts. But I am going to dress up the table a bit this year with these placecards. Now I am off to plan the menu...
I took a class last night at my local scrapbook store. The woman teaching the class is a doll. She offered up all sorts of goodies from her stash for us to use. Extremely generous of her. Anyway, we were to choose the papers ourselves. I wanted a Fall colored album and found papers that made me happy. It took a lot of effort on my part to get the structure of the album together. I tend to talk quite a bit when placed in a room with other women. Go figure. I work with mostly men all day. It was HEAVEN I tell ya. The estrogen was flowing last night. I made two new friends. Who like to play with paper and glue too. I see playdates in my future.
Anyway, here is what I came up with:
I didn't punch holes for the binder rings like the teacher wanted us to do. Instead I scored a piece of the cardstock and wrapped it around the front and back cover to make a spine.
Album cover with flap open
Inside pages 1 and 2. The orange piece is a little page made from the bottom of the lunch bag.
Page 1 - Tag page sticking out I used the inside of the bag for an additional page. Punched a half circle to make the page easier to see and get out.
Page 2 - Tag page sticking out I did the same thing here for the tag page.
Another shot of page 2 open
Page 3 and 4 The pocket that the yellow tag/page is in is actually a bag that has been cut shorter.
Page 3 - Tag/page sticking out
Ingredients: 4 lunch sized paper bags, 3 each 12x12 double sided patterned paper, 2 each 8.5x11 solid cardstock, embellishments, adhesive, paper cutter, assorted punches, ink (for distressing)
I can't tell you the name of the patterned paper. I usually don't keep track of these things. I don' t currently have a desire to be on any design teams, so I don't have a need to know. I also can't tell you which TV station is on which channel. Or who sings that song you are listening to. If I like something, I like it. I just don't know who makes, sings or acts in it. It's one of my charms.
Thanks for looking. If you have any questions, leave me a comment. I'll do my best to answer them.
A special thanks for putting up with my really bad photography. I have a class lined up. (I hope.)
Here are the finished goodie bags the girls got to take home with them on Saturday. I used the regular cellophane goodie bags from the $ store, inserted a piece of black cardstock to provide a bit of stability and then stuffed with all sorts of goodies. Including a gross candy finger, creepy spiders, stickers, and a mouse. I had a time of it trying to get the bags stapled, so I ended up putting two staples in before I put the topper on. I actually had to take out two of the items that the girls wanted to include. I just put them in a bowl during the party and let them snack. I kept the decoration simple because the girls are just going to rip the bags open and toss them. And I needed to spend my time on the mini albums.
The candy skull bracelets came in a four pack. I split them up into bags and topped them with paper to match the goodie bags. Which also matches the invitations. The monster seeds came in a 10 pack. Morgan and I came up with the instructions, printed them and bagged them. It was all her idea. She is SO my kid.
Amy at A Thousand Sheets of Paper is giving away all of this yummy goodness. Go check out her blog. She is one talented lady. And generous too. New stamps are being released on November 2nd and to commemorate the event giveaways are running rampant. Get yourself over there. Now.
I made 16 of these mini albums for the girls that attend the party tomorrow night. I will print the photos either Sat or Sun to finish them. My girls can take the finished albums to school next week to give to their friends. I used the same type of album as last year with a few differences.
Here's how I did it:
Supplies used for the Halloween album.
1 piece - Stiff felt for cover - 3x6 inches (folded in half)
2 pieces - Cardstock for pages -2.75x5.5
1 piece - Acetate for pages - 2.75x5.5
1 piece - 12 inch ribbon for closure
1 piece - 8 inch ribbon for binding
8 pieces - 2.5x2.5 background patterned papers
Simple directions to make the mini album:
1. Fold the cover in half and punch holes for the closure ribbon. I used my Crop-a-dile. It is easier to punch these holes before you add the pages. The Crop-a-dile won't reach the center far enough to get the holes near the spine. I just kinda eyeballed it. You could measure, but it won't really make that much of a difference.
2. Fold cardstock in half and adhere background papers.
3. Fold acetate in half and layer with cardstock pages. I put cardstock, acetate, cardstock.
4. Place pages onto cover, lining up spine. Center and punch two holes for binding ribbon. You can use a binder clip to hold the pages, but I held them in place when I punched the holes.
5. Thread binding ribbon through the two holes you just punched and tie. Trim ribbon if you desire.
6. Thread closure ribbon. (see photo of album cover)
7. Now decorate. I went old school, and used white glue to get the felt spider web to stick to the felt cover. A glue dot to add the plastic spider.
NOTES: I used stiff felt for the covers. It's what I had in my stash. I think if I were to buy them specifically for the Halloween album I would have gotten black or orange, but I had brown, so they are brown. I think it works anyway. I made them 3 inches square instead of 2.5. The larger size sure made things easier to decorate. I couldn't staple them together because the stapler wouldn't reach, so I punched a couple of holes and tied them with matching ribbon. I fussy cut Martha Stewart felt spider web ribbon and glued to the cover. Then attached a plastic spider with a glue dot. I used Halloween papers from Michael's, Recollections. I just bought a pad of acetate and was anxious to use it, so I added clear pages. I cut the ring part off of those little plastic Halloween rings (spider and bat) and used them to embellish. I used the scraps of patterned paper to make some of the embellishments. I used Stampin' Up stamps and Studio G stamps. Punches I used: 2" circle, 1.5" circle scallop, mini tag, 2" square, and Stampin' Up ticket corner. I used Studio G inks in black, white, purple and green. They sparkle and they were only 50 cents each.
I hope this was useful. Please let me know if you make one. I would love to see it.
I stumbled upon this site. It is Halloween year round. I will be visiting year round. I can't explain my attraction to Halloween. Any way the first challenge was to make a creepy treat container. I submitted this year's Halloween party invitations. And guess what? My project was chosen as one of the Gruesome Twosome. I am so thrilled. Go visit and check out everyone's works.
You have got to check out Wendy's works. She is a very talented lady. AND she is hosting a give away. She is giving a shadowbox creation to one lucky winner. But you will win just by checking out her layouts.
I love Paperback swap. I put books up for swap and request books I want. All for the price of postage. I posted a book from my youngest daughter. I got a request for it and sent it off. A few days later I got a reply that I had made several young girls very happy. (Insert big smiley face here.) After several emails, I had decided to make and send scrapbooking supplies to these young girls. They are in a home for children who have been removed from their homes for different reasons. Then, as I am apt to do, I kept thinking that a scrapbook would be a better, more finite project for these girls. So I am making and sending 14 kits to these girls. They are split into 2 groups. Younger and older. Yesterday I made the kits for the younger girls.
The front page in the album will have punched out letters. This is PSE7 text inserted to show what it will look like.
I know these look a bit blank, but they look pretty good when you have pics in place.
The white page on the left (below) will have some word punched out and glued on.
I just need to figure out which word would be GREAT for younger girls.
The ribbon on the these pages is real ribbon.
I think I will probably run it through my Xyron to make it easier for the girls.
And older girls.
Any ideas are very welcome.
I used the punches and dies that I have. And all the paper and cardstock is from my stash.
For the last couple of years DH and I have let the girls have a Halloween Party. They each invite a couple/few friends to spend the night and we play games, eat snacks and watch Halloween movies. It is now a tradition. One which their friends actually ask about right about this time of the year.
This year I had envisioned a really creepy invitation. I wanted to put a candy finger with a string tied around with a tag attached with the party info and the message "Don't forget". It got shot down. Complete with disgusted sigh and eye roll. From each one of my daughters. I don't get it. Isn't it a great idea?!
Isn't Halloween supposed to be creepy?!
Anyway, I came up with plan "B". Matchbox invitations.
I let each girl choose two papers, then I stamped, punched and glued. Yes, I did it. I LOVE playing with glue and papers.
Once the boxes were assembled, they were missing something. So I gave the stamped spiders googly eyes and then glued a spider inside each box. Yay! I got my creepy factor in.
Spider is hidden under the candy. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
I think candy corn is the winner, but I would rather have the M&M's anyday.
Looks innocent enough, doesn't it. ;-}
Yup. We are inviting 16 girls to add to my 3.
Talk about a scary Halloween.
Now all I have to do is print off the information, cut into rectangles, fold in half and staple to the bags of candy. Guess I should go buy more candy corn. It's pretty much gone. I have an unusually high level of candy-evaporitis-in-no-timis in my house. It is a supernatural phenomenon with no known cure.
Then I will have to make goodie bags and decorate. Fun-ness for me.
I can't believe it has already been 26 weeks. Half a year. 6 months.
I am so happy that we have stuck it out for so long. Sometimes we got the challenges up a little late, and sometimes we got the challenge up without our projects included, BUT, we did it.
Anyway, on to this weeks' fun...
Sometimes you get inspiration for a project from your product. As I did with my glittery Glitter box.
(Not a colorful euphemism Rosemary.)
The challenge was to make it blingy, shiny, glittery. I didn't have a clue, so i pulled out my stash of glitters and realized that the container was UGLY. I think that I will start using glitter more than before. Yup, just because it is in a prettier box. I AM that shallow. At least in this instance.
Glitter and embossing powder and Stickles. Oh my!!
It's just a plain paper mache' box that I covered with glitter sticker paper. And then decorated with the scraps.
Now to figure out something in which to put my flowers and dies and glues and .....
All of us learn new things. We might not realize it, but we learn.
Right now I am learning to take care of me.
It isn't easy. I have to MAKE myself do things strickly for me.
As part of this process, and it is a process, I am taking a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking called
ME: The Abridged Version.
In the class we are making an entire album about ourselves. ME. I am having to learn again what matters to me. What makes me tick. What is important and what I like. AND I am having fun in the process.
So far, I have ALL of the pages created digitally.
That is to say that I have the basic pages laid out for each letter in the alphabet.
I only have a handful of them completed.
Getting them all done will take me a bit of time as I have to limit my time spent on this project to 20-30 minute chunks of time.
I will get it done AND I WILL get the pages printed and put into an album.