Wednesday, April 18, 2012

my muse

Good Day & Good Morning
So today I want to share this mini that I made for my best friend for her birthday. I made this last fall with the idea to give it to her for Christmas but then came up with the boxed mini gift instead so I saved this one until now.
I think that I've mentioned this before that I use Tami sometimes as my guinea pig, so the idea of this book came as a trial to doing the soccer & golf albums for my nephew.  I wanted to tryout my idea for the pocket /tag pages to see how well they would work after being bound up and well... as you may very well know if you checked out the soccer post.... it turned out better than I had hoped.
So for this mini I used the Mariposa collection from Die Cuts With a View and really enjoyed the bright colors once again, so I'm excited that I still have a ton of this collection left to do some other paper projects with.  I chose this collection for a reason...more often than not if I want to attempt something new I turn to my muse and this collection represents her in a very real way to me.
So from working with this paper and also watching a ton of You Tube videos I decided to get away from my norm, I did some 'fussy cutting' *which I avoid like the plague* grab the extra sheet of one of the pattern papers and cut out the bird cage.  Once I had it cut out I used pop dots to adhere it down to it's own image on the other sheet and then used jump rings at the top of it to represent the chain it would hang from.  I really like the underlining meaning of the cage being 'empty'.
I did mention that all of the pages are pocket pages correct?....well aside from that there are several pages that also have an additional slash pocket to help smaller items remain in place: ticket stubs, receipts, mini photos, etc.  For me it just added a whole new level of dimension and some more texture.
I did however leave a few pages alone, well rather just decorated without the added pocket distraction because at some point within the mini your eyes are going to need the 'rest' or 'break' from all the chaos going on.  
Admittedly this mini is a very busy little mini.
Here is a close up of one of the pages, where other than the pattern paper all I added was the two feathers and the multi-layered flower.
Here is a close up look at what I added to one of the slash pockets, two little ticket die cuts that I left blank for the intended purpose of Tami jotting down some little detail that is important to her. 
Another of the less busy pages with not a lot added to the pattern paper.
And then finally here is the close up of the cover, I still haven't figured out what I want it to say within that label so for now I have left it blank, maybe I'll just leave it blank and let Tami decide what she would like it to say.
So that's all for today I do hope you like my mini (*or rather Tami's mini) and again Thanks for humoring me with my crazy paper crafting obsession.
just B

*Feel free to leave me a comment or a suggestion anytime and I will get back to you as soon as I can*

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wedding Days are Here Again

Good Morning Everyone just wanted to share a quick album I did for a very good friend of mine who tied the knot this past weekend.  In honor of this special day I made her & her husband my Wedding Memory Album that I have almost perfected.
Now in keeping with the idea that these Wedding Albums are each unique and I promise they certainly are, I have made a total of 6 so far.  I will say that even though they are all constructed the same way - the papers, the pages, the charms, and the trims are all special to their own.  Also (as with anything) over time I have dared to get more room into them so they can hold more stuff which resulted in the latest ones having pocket pages included in them. 
So there you have it a quick simple album to throw all that paper ephemera into, along with quotes or thoughts or just whatever you want to include in it and the cool thing's all in one place.
That's all I have for today thanks for stopping in and taking a peek and until next time....
just B

p.s. Mark and Anita congrats again...much love! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

For Today

outside my window...

the clouds are gray and there's no sign of sunshine

i am thinking...

was that personality test I just took accurate?

i am thankful for...

fresh brewed COFFEE!!!

from the kitchen...

lunch along with a few chocolate chip cookies

i am wearing...

my work out clothes in case I find the energy to go workout

i am creating...

altered projects to hang in my girl's rooms

i am going...

to one day be my own boss and work from home

i am reading...

lots of Somerset magazines: LifeMemoriesSew  - wishing I had the Home one too

i am hearing...

Tinkerbell yelling @ Terrance in the 2nd movie

around the house...

there are little piles of stuff that I have no idea what to do with

one of my favorite things...

fresh clean sheets on a made bed

a few plans for the rest of the week...

heading to the family farm for our annual Easter Egg Hunt

a couple of photos to share...


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Adventures

How is everyone today???  I am good...preparing myself for a wet, rainy kind of day so....I'm going to try my hardest not to get lazy today.
Well just in time for Easter I want to share a project I did last year for my mother-in-law.  
I kept the main colors bright to match her personality - which is usually bright & cheery (she is just fun to be around-puts you in a good mood kinda way) where as I normally tend to work in neutral colors mostly and so doing this mini was a bit far fetched for me but I liked it and found that I was happy while working on it, so I may have to try working with bright colors again.
As for the layout of the pages I kept them all the same, meaning photos on the left side and embellished ones on the right.  I think that it turned out pretty cute.
I did reach for some unconventional items such as cheese cloth and wax paper for this one - I like using items that are outside of the norm because I think that it always keeps me thinking about what else there is laying around that can be used too.  
For instance in the past I have used coke can tabs, I have used the metal lids from the frozen juice cans, any kind of packaging that you find interesting - for me that would be 7 gypsies packaging, and I think I have also used those twist ties that you get with garbage bags and the plastic tabs that you sometimes get with certain types of bread.  So that's something to keep in mind - any way or any how you can recycle do it within your scrap projects.
As for the paper collection...well it's old...actually ancient by scrap book standards and I seriously doubt that anyone would still have it but that doesn't mean you can't find anything just as cute - there is always something new out that would work great for a project like this I just really wanted to use something I already had.
So in this ^ ^ this ^ ^ photo 
you can see where I used the wax paper...I used two sheets and in between I added the black diamond pattern paper then I sewed it all together and used it as part of my background, not sure what possessed me to do this but I liked the end result so....I went with it. 
Oh and I did this for every embellished page background except I used a different pattern paper in between some of them.
So this is Easter mini from last year....I'm thinking I might have to do another one this year only because I did enjoy working with those bright colors so much and I'll have a couple extra photos to add to ours this year.  Truth be told that is what prompted me to post this early - our HOA did an early Easter Egg Hunt for all the kiddos in the neighborhood this past Sunday which was super fun and I it got lots of peeps out and was nice....and so inspiring!
So here's to inspiration!!!
Thanks everyone for sharing a bit of your day with me - hope you come & take another peek soon.
just B.....