I ran into my pal Connie at the scrapbook store yesterday and she showed me an adorable envelope album that she learned how to make recently. I loved the concept because you can store additional photos in the envelopes. I also thought it would be an easy project to teach. My church's women's ministries is having a "Crafternoon" next weekend and I will be sharing about scrapbooking. I had been formulating my project in my mind, but threw it out completely when I saw the envelope album. This is my finished album, which I will probably give to my mom, since yellow is her favorite color. The version I created for "Crafternoon" is three panels rather than five.
The envelopes are approximately 5 3/4" by 4 3/8". The envelopes Connie used were larger. The paper is by Authentique. I purchased single pieces from the line at the scrapbook store. It caught my eye because of the color, but also the paper is textured. When I went to the fabric/ craft store to pick up some muslin, they had the same paper in a paper pad. It wasn't textured, but there were a couple pieces that the scrapbook store didn't have. They also had similar Authentique paper pads in pink and blue -- very cute! The crocheted ribbon for the cover I bought at the fabric store too. It happened to be sitting on the cut table when I was having the muslin cut. . . it was meant to be in this book!
So, with school starting and all, I have not been crafting or scrapbooking as much as I'd like. I did take the opportunity the long weekend presented to make a menu board inspired by a few different things I've seen on Pinterest.
I used materials from my stash, including an old 16X20 frame I found in the garage -- not even out of the plastic! I spray painted it yellow to match my kitchen. I covered the backboard with burlap and I used paper and embellishments from an old Cosmo Cricket line. I'm pleased with the results. I already put this week's menu on it. Now, I just need to hang it up!
Today Elisa's family threw a shower for her and Rick. Elisa looked adorable in her hot pink shirt with a hot pink and black flower in her hair. I made a scrapbook for her in those favorite colors. It is very girly girl! I used lots of feathers and bling. I always enjoy creating with pinks because I almost never work with them! ;) Being the mother of three sons I don't get to do girly. How did I do?
Last night my AMAZING bunco group had a surprise baby shower for Elisa. It was tricky, since it was her turn to host. Guinn suggested we each made wall art letters in Elisa's nursery colors: black, white, and hot pink. I made X, Y, and Z. The completed alphabet was so beautiful! I am so lucky to have so many fabulous and creative women to hang out with.
I had purchased this cute outfit for the baby a few weeks ago.
It needed a little dressing up, so I made flowers (not my area of expertise, but I tried) to attach to the outfit. Here's what I did:
I used about 18 - 20 inches of ribbon for each flower. First, I made a running stitch about an 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the ribbon I was using. Then, I pulled the thread to gather it. (This is a technique I learned on Pinterest!) I glued each flower to a half-dollar sized circle of felt.
Next, I added a little button or bauble to the center of each. I used buttons, a brad, an iron-on patch, and a metal embellishment.
After that, I glued a velcro dot to the back of each flower.
Last, I stitched a velcro dot to the outfit.
Elisa can easily remove the flowers for washing. Now the baby has a flower broach wardrobe!
P.S. Elisa was very surprised! It was the MOST fun!
It is a truly ugly (to the point of being almost creepy with the dead bugs) tray. When I picked it up I was thinking of turning it into a picture frame. I liked the round shape and the glass was intact, which was a plus. I realized that if I flipped the backing over it created about a quarter inch space between it and the glass -- shadow box!
With some paint, a special photo, and embellishments, this is the result:
My Pinterest addiction has renewed my creative energy. I have churned out projects this summer that would awe Martha Stewart. I have ventured into the thrift stores of my fair city and asked myself, "What the heck is this and what can I do with it?"
I will be posting those adventures here along with photos. I have a couple friends asking to join me on my junking trips. I will be glad for company. I'll let you know how it goes.
I found this at the Goodwill:
It is a picture frame that conceals a photo album. I thought, "Awesome! With a little paint this would make a great shadow box.
I saw this on Pinterest:
It was pinned from the blog, Family Bees. Jenny created this poster using digi pictures from Amanda Heinmann. Click on the picture for a link to Family Bees' post.
With paint, fabric, and paper this is my result:
Many thanks to Jenny for creating such an adorable poster!