Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
- Cut a piece of felt. I used white felt cut to 6 1/4" x 12" to create a finished bag size of approximately 5 1/4" x 6".
- Cut the felt pieces that you'll embroider onto the bag. I used the Sizzix Bigz Scallop Circle and Bird with Vine dies. I cut the Bird w Vine out of brown to form the base layer, then cut it from light blue and rose to make the bird and flower layers.
- Trim edge of circle to desired size and pin to the white felt. Hand embroider the scallop circle to the front of the felt.
- Turn the felt over and fold in half right sides together. Sew sides of bag closed with 1/4 to 1/2" seam backstitching on both ends.
- Flip the bag right side out, and the scallop circle is neatly sandwiched in the seam to create a nice finished edge.
- Lightly glue the vine piece to the bag. I only ran glue on the vine and leaves where I would not be stitching.
- Use pins to tack the rest of the design in place and embroider with floss.
- Cut handles to 1" x 12" and sew with a decorative stitch to the front and back of the bag.
Voila! Hang your little bag on a bottle of wine or Godiva White Chocolate liquor (yum! Bring on the chocolate martinis!!) and fill the bag with fine chocolates.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I found this adorable polkadot paper from Daisy Bucket Designs at my LSS today (picking up an order for a client--nothing wrong with grabbing a little somethin-somethin for me while I'm at it!). I had already planned out a quadrated (is that a word?) layout in my head, so this paper was perfect. But what was even better was the pattern on the flip-side: four adorable squares that include the title block and journaling flower used in the layout above.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I used the colors in the baby outfit as inspiration for the color scheme for the page. The title was done with SU!'s exclusive "Billboard" Sizzlits Strip. I am really loving it, and $21.95 for upper, lower and symbols is a great value.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I love using sketches for my layouts because it helps me to start immediately and get right to the fun stuff: color, embellishments, journaling without having to think about design and balance too much.
The journaling: printed then cut/torn into strips. I like this technique and breaks up the solidness of a regular journaling block: A close-up of the title: a combination of chipboard (2), stamping (too), handwriting (BIG) and acrylic letters (shoes):
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
How to: The journaling block was created in a measured text box in Word, but I added the colored words cut from a patterned paper. Here's how I did it:
- Create a text box and adjust to the desired size (right click on box border>format text box>size)
- Type words and when you come to a spot where you want to add a paper (or stamped) element draw a line that measures the same as the element you want to add.
- Continue typing and drawing lines until you like the way it looks.
- Just before printing, select and delete each line.
- Print, cut, and glue elements into place. Voila, a custom designed hybrid journaling block!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This page uses only content from Song Bird Avenue's Bloom and Grow kit with collaboration from Ali Edwards. At only $8, this kit is a steal.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The cutout flowers are from Basic Grey's Romani line. And the felt flower was die cut with the Sizzix Flower Charms die. Felt accents have been a trend for some time, and it was fun to create my own. A bit of mini pom-pom fringe, snips of ribbon, and floss stitches create the stems on the flowers.
The word for OLW this week is "Ready". My journaling conveys my mixed emotions as I await my youngest starting school in the fall.
I'm not ready. To let this baby go. To release him to the care of someone else. To not know what he’s doing or how he’s feeling. I’m not ready. To be without him. To not kiss his little cheeks whenever I feel like it just because. To not have him by my side. I’m not ready. To see him cry because he doesn’t want to go. To feel empty after dropping him off. To miss him like crazy. I’m just not ready to let this little baby go.
But yet, I am ready. To enter the next phase of my life. To have quiet time for my own thoughts. To accomplish things without interruption. I am ready. To see if I can succeed at my own business. To have time to reach my goals. To embark on a new endeavor. I am ready. To do the things I want to do. To set goals and work to achieve them. To focus energies on things outside of Motherhood. I am ready. To create more. To dream bigger. To be more. But, I just don’t know if I’m ready to let this little baby go. It’s time to get ready.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I apologize for my poor photos, but I'm taking them at night and our tungsten lights don't make for great photos.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
"In all the craziness of building a new home and packing up an old one, I neglected to think about saying goodbye to 44 Clews Street. After the boxes were packed and loaded into the truck, Perry & I had a few moments to stand in the empty stillness of our first home. I thought of all the memories made here: our wedding night, bringing home 2 new babies, countless days spent in the yard, and numerous nights hanging out on the couch. The tears streamed down my face as we embraced for the last time in our first home before closing the door forever."
I will never forget that night we said goodbye to our first home, and now that I've done this layout, I can guarantee that.
Sometimes the best pages are not the fanciest, but they're the best because of the story they tell.