Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Last Day of School

On the last day of school, I always take a picture of my kids with their teacher for that year. However, I wait to scrap the photo until the beginning of the next school year when all the fun new school lines come out. I made this layout about a month and a half ago, but I kept forgetting to photograph it.

I used Authentique's Curiosity Collection. I was drawn to this collection, because the colors are a little different than the "normal" school line. 

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Something Old, Something That Makes me Feel Old, and Growing Old Together

Are you catching a theme here for today's post?   Do you ever have a layout that starts off really well, and then it needs something more but you just can't figure out what, so it sits...and then gets moved off to the side...and then you forget about it...and then you find it? No? Must just be me then. This layout is very old, but I finally finished it up a few weeks ago.

The layout started out with this cool corner detail and matting of the photo, but I got stuck from there. Now it's finally done. Woo hoo!

You know what makes me feel old? The fact that that baby is now this kid:

I just love Simple Stories Harvest Lane. Besides being full of gorgeous fall colors, the patterns, prints, journaling cards, and stickers that go with this line are nothing short of perfect. Perfect for what you ask? Everything! Every single fall layout or project or card you have to make.

Moving on to the last layout. This one is of my husband and me celebrating our anniversary. I love growing old with this guy.

Just in case you're wondering, the papers and embellishments are all from Echo Park's For the Record 2 Collection.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Felt Wreath and a Christmas Card Photo

I feel like I've been posting a lot of projects here lately, so later this week I promise to post a few layouts. I'm a bit behind of photographing them, but I have a stack. I'll also post a few of the cards we'll be making at the class I'm teaching on Saturday at my Local Scrap Store (if you're in the NW Iowa area, you can still sign up by calling A Walk Down Memory Lane at 712-476-3443). Today, though, I have 2 more projects.

First up, I just got done taking the photo for my Christmas card this year.

I created the frame by finding an 11 x 13 frame that I liked (and got on sale for $5!). Then I covered the glass with chalkboard vinyl. I got it at A Walk Down Memory Lane for $1.99/yard, so for $9 I had the frame all made. Plus, I can always use the frame for something else in the future. I decided to make the frame a little more festive by adding a felt poinsettia to it. I just pieced together some Stamp School felt I cut with this die to make it. Oh, and here's my tip of the day, if you don't have the best handwriting (which I don't) ask a friend who has beautiful handwriting to do it for you!

The other project I have today is this wreath:

I needed something to hang on my front door when it wasn't a holiday, so I jumped on the yarn wreath bandwagon.

I post this with the disclaimer that there are literally thousands of these wreaths out there in the crafty world, so if this resembles one you've seen, and I didn't credit that person, my apologies. I just started wrapping and cutting, and this is what I came up with.
I had a skein of this pretty cream yarn left over from a knitting project, so I started with that as a base. Then I pulled all of the Stamp School felt I own and held it up to my door, and went from there. I decided to go with 1 big flower instead of  lots of little ones.

I used the same leaf die that I used above to cut the leaves. I used a large scallop circle die to cut the purple part of the flower, but went back with my scissors and squared out the edges and cut the petals down almost to the center. I finished of the flower by adding a couple of Maya Road stick pins into the center of the flower.

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