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A Card a Day – Book Review

I can feel myself getting carried away in the joy and therapeutic qualities of paper crafting.  It’s wonderful.  I honestly never thought I’d get sucked in, but now it seems almost like a natural extension of my photography.  It’s another creative outlet for me and I’m loving it!

So, my sister-in-law is getting married this summer (YAY!) and I’m helping to plan the wedding.  There will be LOTS of DIY stuff to keep the cost down, and I’m really excited about that because I LOVE TO DIM (Do-It-Myself).  I went to Barnes & Noble today looking at craft books and wedding books and such, and I came across a really great book that I had to have:

A Card a Day – Over 365 card ideas by Wendy Sue Anderson and Jennifer Schaerer:  It’s just what it says it is – over 365 card ideas packed into a beautiful and vibrant book.  It’s like mini-scrapbooking!  🙂  Check it out:

Sneak peek inside A Card a Day

Another sneak peek

It’s great because of the full color pages, but I also love it because there are step-by-step instructions, a shopping guide, and it even notates the cards that only take about 5 minutes to make!  Great for when you want to be creative but have little time to spare.  🙂

I was so excited that I came home and made my first card tonight – here it is: 

It’s not perfect, but I like it for my first card ever!  I’m really looking forward to making more.  Enjoy!

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Allow me to retract my previous statement….

I could also title this post, “My new addiction: scrapbooking”.  So in an earlier post, I mentioned that I don’t scrapbook.  I talked (in length) about the joys of Becky Higgins and her creation, Project Life, which I L.O.V.E.  I talked about the mess of scrapbooking and pointed to that as my main reason for not doing it.

Well, guess what?  I lied.  And I blame Becky Higgins.  🙂  You know how people say that some drugs are “gateway drugs” to much harsher drugs?  Yea, well, for me, Project Life is the “gateway drug” to real scrapbooking, complete with all the cute cardstock and papers, embellishments, alphabet stamps, loads and loads of ribbon….. 

I’m seriously addicted.  Through the Project Life site, I have discoverd Big Picture Classes, a website dedicated to scrapbooking.  There are free classes and those you pay for, and there are some self-paced projects, too.  I just recently signed up for a very cool workshop called “i.scrap”.  It’s taught by Stacy Julian, who, I’m discovering, is a long-time super scrapper and very famous in the scrapping world.  She’s so creative!  Anyway, I want to share my project with you as it is so far, but in the mean time, go to Big Picture Classes and sign up – membership is free – and you just might find a new outlet for your own creativity!!!

So, the jist of i.scrap is to take 9 “I statements” – you know, “I will…” or “I am…” or “I believe…” – and find a picture from last year that goes with each I statement.  Stacy gave us the “I statements” to use for this project.  We made our book as an 8×8 book, one picture per page, and a coordinating journaling page.  I thought I’d share before I write the journal section of each page:

I was....conflicted.

I went...crazy and back again, but I'm OK now.

I once…thought life was easier than this.

More pages later – there’s 9 layouts total, plus the title page.  Hope you enjoy these!


How to make a ribbon wreath (a.k.a. Mom’s birthday gift)

Please visit me at One Tough Mother for TONS more crafts, home decor, and other awesomeness.

 

So, I wanted to get something cool for mom’s birthday this year, but she’s hard to shop for.  Mom likes things that are practical (so do I), so I didn’t want to get her something just to get her something.  And I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, well, because I can’t, and she’s OK with that.  So I decided to get crafty.  And I’m SO glad I did! 

Mom decorated her home in pretty blues and chocolate browns, so I used those colors as my basis for this project.  I saw something similar to this on The Polka Dot Market’s site and thought, “I could make that!”  Well, guess what?  I did!  I had to give it to mom early for several reasons, and she loves it, so now I get to share – here it is:

I picked out A LOT of really beautiful grosgrain ribbon – 40 yards or so – in the color scheme that I chose for this project:

I also bought 3 yards of thick satin ribbon that I used to wrap the wreath.  I knew I didn’t have to cover every inch, because I would be covering it in loops of the grosgrain ribbon.  Here’s what that looked like:

Then, I started with one pattern at a time, cut 3″ strips, made a loop and used a straight pin to attach it to the wreath.  I did 20 or so strips of each pattern, randomly placing each strip on the wreath….

 

Then, voila!  It began to take shape!  I used a long strip of one pattern of ribbon to attach a loop to the back for hanging the wreath.  I’m so happy with how it turned out!  What do you think???


It’s a family thing…

So, I’m all crafty lately and wanted to share one of the projects I’m working on.  Yesterday my Project Life kit came (YAY!) but it’s for 2011.  I started a 2010 album a couple weeks ago based on the ideas behind Project Life and I’m loving it.  🙂  I normally do a digital album on Shutterfly, but for 2010 I decided to do something more scrapbook-y (yea, that’s a word – look it up).  So, here’s what I am working on:

First, I found a big photo album that has room to add pages – got it in a pretty bright green – and I bought that “Family” sticker in the scrapbook section:

I gathered all my goodies together before I started working – the album, some cute month-by-month stickers, a book of seasonal scrapbook paper, a corner rounder, scissors, a ruler, a straight-edge cutter, Sharpie’s, and note stickers:

I laid out my pictures, arranging them so that I left one or two slots open per layout to put notes about each event, and I rounded the corners of the pictures as I went.  Then I started making mini scrapbook pages, 4×6 like my pictures, to describe the events in the pictures:

 

I’m still working on it – I’ve only used pictures from the first half of 2010 – and I’m going to go back and redo some of the description sections, but I’m liking what I see so far.  It’s fun to go through it and see what I’ve done.  My daughter Marley made the picture for the cover:

I’ll post more pictures as I do more work on it.  And I have a cool idea involving ribbon (love!) to finish it off.  🙂


It’s here!! It’s here!!!

I’m SOOO excited!  My Project Life kit showed up on my doorstep today and was waiting for me when I got home!  YAY!!!!  I’ll write more later – gotta go open this bad boy up and check it out!  YAY!!!!


2 More Days! 2 More Days!!!

I am SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!  Ever since I discoverd Becky’s Blog and Project Life, I’ve been fiending for one of my very own!  They’ve been out of stock for a while and now, guess what?!?  Today, THEY ARE IN STOCK!!!  I mentioned Becky to you in my blog earlier last week.

I’ve seriously been checking and re-checking and re-RE-checking all day, because last week Becky said they would be in stock some time early this week.  Well, Monday is early, right?  So all day I’ve been checking on my phone while I was at work.  And today, when I got home, I checked again and there they were!  Right there on Amazon, just waiting for me to “Add to Cart”.  And so I did!  And it’ll be in my hot little hands in 2 DAYS!!!

Order your very own Project Life HERE!  I got the Amber Edition 🙂  tee hee hee