Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fathers Day mini COMPLETED!

SHOCK! Two posts in one day for me has to be some kind of record, but I had to try and make up for not getting this on here like I had promised you all before. Here's the outside front cover of the album. I did mine a bit different than what the pattern that I originally bought called for but that's ok cause I like adding my own little twist to it. For example, instead of it saying My Guy like the pattern said I put Dad and I also added the little metal page corner brads as well to give it an even more "manly" look. I didn't add the ribbon on it cause I was afraid that my husband would think that it looked too girly so I steered clear of that.
On the inside cover, to cover the brads I simply cut a couple of 45 degree angles out of my scraps that I had left over and made a nice tailored edge.
I absolutely just love this little mini album. It was so much fun to make and believe it or not it wasn't that hard to make at all. Seriously! It looks really complicated but once you have the basics down and follow along with the patterns it goes really fast. Of course, I've been having to work on this and other things (like spring cleaning) and keeping this well hid so that my husband doesn't stumble upon it til my son and I give it to him. I believe the hardest part of all of it is going to be finding just the right pictures to put in it and doing the journaling. I'm terrible when it comes time to actual journal something. It seems like my mind just goes completely blank on me. So I'll have to do a bit more sneaking to get the pictures printed off and put in the album.
Hope that you all have enjoyed the posts and it has inspired you. Oh something that I was thinking about the other day is could always leave the binding tab off of any of these pages and make a card out of any of these templates. Now wouldn't any man be proud to get a nice looking card like that? Just something to think about.... Hope that everyone has had a wonderful day!

Fifth and final page of Fathers Day mini album..

Hey everyone! Sorry that I didn't get this on here sooner. I've had some things come up that have kept me rather busy. This is the last page in the little mini album that I did for my husband for Fathers Day. Just like the hunting page, I had to have something that directly reflected something about him and fishing is another one of his passions. So I tried to make the front look like a fly fishing vest and added an applique that I was going to use in one of my sewing projects. I think it looks cuter on here though.
The inside opens up to show his "waders" and I've attached a Gone Fishing brad to it along with some tags and the tshirt pulls out like all the rest of the pages for more photos.
Then this is the back. It looks like the rest of the pages with a tag that tucks down in the pants and lifts out for pictures and journaling.
I'm going to go ahead and post the outside cover so you can see how it all came together for me in just a few so come on back.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fourth page of Fathers Day mini album....

Hey all! Boy today just about got away from me before I could post this 4th page on here. I'm back to spring cleaning and had let my blogging slip my mind til now. But anyway, here is the next page in the mini album. I had to do a hunting one since my husband loves to hunt. It was only fitting that there was a page in this mini representing that.
It opens up just like the sweater shirt did.
On the back is more camo and a tag that slips down in the pants. Oh and there is also a photo tag that pulls out when you pull on the collar.
Hope that everyone had a great weekend and had a good start to the new week. Come on back tomorrow and I'll show you the last page then on Wednesday. You can see how I pulled them all together.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Third page of Fathers Day mini album....

Hi all! Hope that everyone is enjoying this beautiful Sunday morning! So here's the third page of the Fathers Day mini album. It's much more of a casual feel.
The shirt opens up like the suit. Of course with it being so casual it had to have blue jeans! Just like all the rest, if you pull on the collar it reveals another photo mat. Then here is the back. The little top tag pulls out from the pants to add more photos.
I believe that I have 2 more to show you and they are a little different from the original pattern so come on back to check those out and then see the final mini album all put together on the last day.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Second page of Fathers Day mini album...

Hi and welcome to the weekend everyone! So here's the second page of the little Fathers Day mini that I'm making for my husband. Although he's not much for playing golf I just loved this layout and had to make one.
With this one the shirt flips up to reveal your photos and journaling. I think that I'm going to go back and add some pretty colored card stock to the back side of the shirt so that I can journal on it. After taking these pictures, it just looks to boring and plain to me. The little tag pulls out so I can put pictures on front and back if I chose too.
And here is the back. The little golfing tag pulls out as well.
So what are your plans for the weekend? Card making, scrapbooking, sewing, junking? Oh speaking of junking, I haven't been all spring long and just know that I'm missing out on some great finds. I'd love to get out and go to some sales to see what all I can find. Not today looks like it's going to pour the rain. I suppose I'll just have to stay indoors and work on finishing this little mini so that I can start another one. It will be a perfect day to scrapbook and read. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, May 21, 2010

First page in new Fathers Day mini album...

Hello everyone! I broke down and bought a pattern for this mini cause when I saw the demo on it I just knew that I had to make one for my husband. It is a Following the Paper Trail mini and I'm having a blast making it! I thought that I'd show you a page a day til I get it completed then show you the entire album all put together.
So this is what it looks like when you open up the suit front. There are several tags where you can do journaling or put photos. As you can see I haven't pulled out any pictures yet to put in mine. I like doing that last thing. The tie lifts up so you can place a picture underneath it as well on the little tag that is tucked down in the pants.
Just like in a couple of the previous minis that I've shown you the basic concept is the pocket pouch and the shirt lift up using the collar as the tab.
then on the back there is another tag that lifts out of the "pants" for a photo or journaling. The pattern called for Graphic 45's A Proper Gentleman card stock but you could use any "manly" paper that you can find. I know it was hard for me to find anything else and I couldn't even find this paper stack locally and had to order it online. I found it the cheapest online at Cut At Home the link is and the pattern can be found at followingthepapertrail.blogspot. There will be a link for her Etsy store on her page. I would do a tutorial on this but her pattern is copyrighted and I always give credit where credit is due. I love watching the you tube videos from various different scrapbookers and getting ideas and always try my best to hand out kudos to those that have inspired me or taught me something new.
So anyway, tomorrow I'll share with you the second page of the mini so come on back ya'll and you can see what else I've been up to.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Father's day shirt mini....

Hi all! Oops I let yesterday slip away from me and forgot to post this like I had promised. Sorry about that. Anyway this is a little mini album that I came up with after watching some ladies make origami shirts out of paper and I thought hmmm now wouldn't that be cute if you could turn them into a mini album. Well that's exactly what I wound up doing and here is the outcome.
Like I said I used the concept of the origami shirt and then used the concept of the pocket from Following the Paper Trail. I just kind of "blended" the two together. I think there are 6 shirts in all. I wish now that I had added 8 in total but to late now. I'm planning on giving this to my father-in-law for Fathers Day and putting all 8 of his children's pictures in it for him. I'm going to have my husband write him a little letter and will place that on the inside cover. That's why it's blank right now. I'd give anything if I had pictures of all my step brothers and sisters so I could make my dad one but I don't so I'll have to come up with something else for him for Fathers Day.
As you can see, if you pull on the shirt collar a tag pulls out to place pictures on. I only took pictures of the first page but each one is a different pattern of course and for the binding strip I made it look like a pair of jeans. I'm telling's been years since I had scrapbooked and I've jumped in head first and am loving making the little mini albums and scrapbooking and cards. Ohhhh I made a couple cards as well but will have to share those with you in another post. But for now I have to see what kind of "goodies" the post lady brought me. I just love getting boxes in the mail.
Hope that everyone is having an exceptional day! It's beautiful here on the lake.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Recipe box or mini album...

Hey all! I came across this pattern on YouTube from Follow a Paper Trail and just had to make myself one. At first glance it looked like it was going to be a bit hard but it was the simplest thing ever! I had so much fun making it....the only thing that I had problems with was the closure. I tried magnets only to find out after I had already attached them that they weren't strong enough to hold it shut so I went and grabbed my velcro and it worked peeerfect! I'm still debated if I want to put my favorite recipes in it or pictures...I can't make up my mind but used the colors of my kitchen on it so I guess in the back of my mind I'm leaning towards a recipe box.
The inside is made of #10 envelopes but you could always make your own pockets if you don't have access to the #10 envelopes.
On the inside I used the little metal rimmed tags that you can buy at the office supply store in bulk. I use these a lot for my primitive crafts as well so I had plenty on hand but you could use flowers, ribbon, jute etc. for your pull tabs. I used 12 envelopes that I cut down in this "mini". If you would like step by step instructions on how I did this all you have to do is ask and I'll gladly do a tutorial on it but I have to hear back from you so I'll know that you will be interested in seeing it come together for yourself. It really is a simple and fast project.....really!
Hope that everyone is having a wonderful day! Come on back tomorrow cause I have a couple more things that I've made since I've been recovering and look forward to showing it to you all.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What a wonderful surprise!

I woke this morning to the most wonderful surprise in my inbox! I found out that I had been chosen for the Beautiful Blogger award by my sweet blogger friend Barbara over at Whimcees. She's such a sweet lady and does outstanding work. Please take a few moments and go check her blog out. You'll find her listed on the right hand side of my blog. Thank you ever so much Barbara for the award. I feel honored to have received it from you and am displaying it proudly.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mothers Day doll...

Ta Da! Yeah I bet you kind of knew that I had made my mom a doll for Mothers Day didn't ya? She loves them so much and so what better day to give her one than on her special day. I added the heart and key to her and made an attached heart as well.
Here mom is with the doll right after she opened it. The smile on her face and the way she gives them a hug when I give her one makes me feel so good inside...kinda makes my heart smile to see her so happy with something I've made for her.
I love you mom and hope you had a wonderful day!

Happy Mothers Day to all! .... belated

Hi all and I want to first apologize for not having this up long before now but I've had a few things going on and got behind with everything. Plus I couldn't post my Mothers Day gifts on here til after Mothers Day cause my mom is a faithful reader and it would of spoiled the surprise. So anyway, here is the card that I made my mom for her very special day. It's a shaker card with little gold beads and I fixed the envelope so that it would match the card.
And here is my sweet precious mom! Please overlook my band aid on the nose. I had to have a biopsy to see if the spot was skin cancer and so I had to wear the band aid to protect the spot. Then on Monday I had to go back in and have what was in fact skin cancer removed and boy oh boy that band aid was nothing compared to the bandage that I'm having to wear now on my nose Lets just say that if it were pink then you would swear that I was Ms. Piggys sister.
Then here is my pride and joy! The one that makes me proud to be a mom myself! He's growing up on me so fast. He will be 17 this year and he's really turning into a gentleman. He drove me around on Sunday and treated me like a queen. He had done so much for me all week long and then came in on Saturday and gave me the most precious gift. Most of you know that I've had back surgery and still have problems with it so I'm bedfast a lot of times. Well my baby boy bought me a back massager that heats up and has several massage settings. He said that he hoped it would give me some relief. I wanted to cry with joy but held back the tears cause he gets so upset when he sees me upset. I have to say this was the BEST Mothers Day that I've had since the very first one that I got to share with my little bundle of joy. I hope that you all had a wonderful Mothers Day as well.
I'll show you what I made my mom for her special day in the next post to stick around and you'll soon find out....