Sewing Projects

I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew. I inherited my grandma’s sewing machine and it has just been sitting in my basement for two years waiting for me to learn. Since I’m not there yet, I head over to my mom’s house when I need sewing help.

My mom helped me make a cushion and some curtains. I snapped some photos of the process with my phone (thank goodness for iPhones) and hadn’t done anything with them. So, then I had them printed out when Shutterfly had a 101 free prints sale.

I decided to scrapbook the photos on the same spread, instead of making two separate pages for essentially the same thing. I just made sure to give each page it’s own date stamp and journaling block so that each had their own story.

And, because it was a ‘mom’ themed page, I had to include some quotes from my ‘Mom to Go’ box. K&Company sold these years ago, but mine is still nearly fully, because, lets be honest, who needs hundreds of quotes of things your mom says to you.

(And, yes, my mom bought it for me as a gift because she thought it was funny).

Just like I’ve done before, my journaling is done on a type of business/ledger paper. It’s great for journaling with all those built in lines! This paper is thin though, and it causes my thin pink Sharpie to bleed a bit. It’s wasn’t enough to bother me, but make sure you put something under it when writing so that you don’t get pen/marker on your table.

I used the same pink Sharpie to outline the inside of my title letters (while Pancakes the Bichon watched.)

Paper by Me and My Big ideas. Chipboard from Michaels. Journaling done on ledger paper, tags from K&Company‘s Mom to Go, title cut with SCAL and my Cricut.

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Holiday Shopping

I know what you’re thinking: Why title this page ‘Holiday Shopping’ when I could’ve called it ‘Santa’s Butt’? I really don’t have an answer for you, it was a very tough choice.

My mom and I were Christmas shopping last December, and Urban Outfitters had a rather unconventional photo prop. I twisted her arm, but got my mom to pose with me. This photo had been sitting on my computer since then, but I figured it would be too funny to leave behind so I ordered an 8×10″ from Shutterfly.

I made this page with some ideas in mind that I learned at the CK Scrapbook Convention I attended earlier this month. This page has all kinds of layering which I normally don’t do, and everything is inked in black which I never do, and, to top it off, I tried fussy cutting a tree, which I’ve never even heard of before. (And it’s crazy how it never crossed my mind to start cutting shapes out of background paper). Yeah, so I definitely learned a lot.

I like how it turned out, but I don’t know if layering is the thing for me. Sure, it looks nice, but I like to scrap fairly quickly so I can get more pages done, and all these layers definitely adds a lot of time. Maybe I should just stick with matting everything and be done with it :-D.

The best part about having a holiday photo, is that I could actually use holiday paper instead of sneaking it into the background of other layouts. With the exception of the red glittery paper, all paper came from DCWV’S The Christmas Stack.

Paper by DCWV, glitter paper & chipboard letters from Michaels, bit of Washi left over from My Mind’s Eye class.

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Amanda & Dave’s Wedding

I sent a picture message to my friend Amanda mentioning that I was a million months behind, but that I was finally scrapbooking her wedding. Her response was, “Glad somebody is!” HA! Better late than never, I guess.

This was one wedding that was so much fun that I was too busy enjoying it to take many pictures. That is so unlike me. Normally, I take a least three dozen photos for anything I do, so I was surprised, looking back, to see I only had a few photos from the wedding. I did save the programs, invitation, and place card though.

(Sorry about the bit of blurring. Had to hide some things for privacy reasons.)

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Luckily, I got in the photobooth half a dozen times so I had plenty of those photos for scrapbook :-).

I had these two sheets of paper from The Stack 5 that were just perfect. They were the spot on right shade of purple and the subtle print seemed to match the wedding programs. Naturally, I got mad when I realized that I only had two sheets total, and I needed three for these wedding pages (I like each ‘event’ to have matching background paper). After going through my entire stash, I realized two things. 1) I don’t have nearly any purple paper (which is hard to believe because I thought I had it all) and 2) No other papers seemed as perfect as those first two.

Eventually, I just chose a purple paper that matched pretty well and decided to go with it. It came in a six sheet pack by Simply Memories that I got at a garage sale for $.50.

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Why yes, if you have fancy folded napkins at your table, I will hold them up to myself and pretend it’s a bowtie. That’s ’cause I’m classy.

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Background paper in dark purple form DCWV’s The Stack 5, polka dot paper & mat paper by SimpleMemories. Big date stamp from JoAnn’s and titles cut out with SCAL and my Cricut.

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Thanksgiving 2012

I know, I know, like every scrapbooker, I’m perpetually behind. (Although, I’m finally the most caught up that I’ve ever been.)

I have a stack of photos for my 2012-2013 book and I’ve slowly been working my way through. That’s actually all the pages you’ve seen on the blog so far. I like to make scrapbooks per big event (I.e. my New York book, my Disney Trip book, my bridal shower book), but then I like to make a general book per year(s) for the smaller events that might only have one or two or ten photos.

Going through the stack, I found photos from Thanksgiving 2012. Time to get those in the book!

There’s nothing too special about this spread. Breaking the number one scrapbooking rule, there’s no journaling. I really couldn’t recall any notable moments to write down; like, I couldn’t remember anything at all. All I know is that I took a couple of photos because my relatives were visit.

But hey, I had the photos so into the scrapbook they go.

I loved this paper, and the whole autumn set. I haven’t really had an autumn pages to use it on, so I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered to use it here.

The letter were hard to see because that paper matches the background paper so much, so I matted it, outlined it, and put it on too of a thin contrasting paper.

The small strip of wood paper under the title is DCWV’S The Stack 5, all other paper from MakingMemories Autumn Splendor set, letters from the Cuttin’ Up Cricut Cartridge, and vellum is K&Company.

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EG’s Birth Announcement

After Tab’s coworker gave birth to baby EG, we received a very cute announcement in the mail. The hardest part was choosing which side of the super cute announcement to use :).

After keeping the announcement up on the bulletin board in our kitchen for a super long time, I decided it was finally time to pull it down and put it in the ‘to scrapbook’ pile.

I immediately knew what paper I wanted to use because I knew the phrase “the most beautiful things” was perfect for a new baby girl. The paper has a cool glossy coating on the words (and the border as well).

The matting paper behind the photo was picked specifically for the heart paper. The hearts were a little too dark to match perfectly, but I still went for it because what do people heart more than new babies?! 🙂

The half inch border around the paper is dark purple with a little blue in it. To match that, I cut the letters out of purple paper and inked the edges of each letter with a dark blue ink pad.

The mats around the letters are a little too big, but I really wanted to see the hearts so I made the extra large. I would’ve gone back and made them a bit smaller, but I was out of heart paper. Oh, well. I’m over it ;-).

I cut the flowers out to match the flowers in the bottom left of the paper and also because I wanted to tie in that paper on the double mat somewhere.

Ink in color Dusk Blue by Martha, outline done with purple Sharpie pen, background page from DCWV‘S Mod-Retro stack, mat paper by Paper Pizazz, purple letter paper from the office supply store, letters & outlines cut with SCAL and Cricut, flowers cut from Cricut’s Elegant Cakes cartridge.

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Decorating Onesies

When an artist friend of Tab’s got pregnant, I knew I wanted to make a gift for the future baby. Sure, we bought some duckie pajamas, but I knew the artsy mama-to-be would appreciate something hand made.

Since I was trying something I’d never done before (freezer paper stenciling), I made sure to photograph the process. To be honest, I mostly took photos so I could share them with my mom ;-).

The paper here has images of sewing patterns on it. It’s super cute, and I thought patterns and decorating clothes wasn’t too big of a jump. I had to take a close up photo to showcase the paper.

I felt like the title didn’t stand out enough, so I added blue polka dots with a Sharpie Pen. The dots looked nice, but they didn’t do anything to help the title stand out so I outlined the letters with a thin black Sharpie.

Paper from DCWV’S Retro Mod Stack. It’s from 2009, but it’s totally legit. Mat paper is DCWV’S The Stack 5, letters cut with Cricut’s Cuttin Up cartridge. Journaling typed in the computer and printer on a free download card by Tortagialla (I lengthened the card myself.). Small date stop from Amazon, large date stamp by Creative Cafe.

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