Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello Baby First Year Mini-album

I promised to get these photos edited and posted.  I got most of the way there this weekend and then, poof, activities took over and I didn't finish.  So, I quickly wrapped this up this morning to post before heading to work.  I purchased a kit (gasp!) for this album from Embellish It.  I actually made two of these bad boys because I had two baby showers right in a row and because I thought the book was adorable.  The kit is made using Simple Stories Hello Baby products.  The kit is still available here.  The thing I just love about Embellish It's kits is that the instructions are simple, the pages go together in a snap and you have lots of bits leftover.   I hope you have a cup of coffee (or iced tea - summer has arrived in full!) as this is a picture heavy post.

Plastic sleeves are present throughout the book and offer the opportunity to capture pictures during each month of baby's first year.  There are two clear picture sleeves on the right side, one month on top of the second month page.  Each come with tickers to place on the outside of the sleeve to indicate the month.

I simply adore this little mini-page within the album- a flag motif for holding pictures created layer upon layer of interest in the album.  I can't wait to see photos in these books!

This and the following page look the same but note how the clear plastic photo sleeve is oriented.

With this back of the album look - clean and simple - the book is done. I added the ribbon on the rings for effect.  Likely the mom will get sick of the nuisance of them and remove them before long.  However, they do make the book pretty for packaging and I have so many ribbons some needed to leave the house...

As far as the book assembly, I spent a good 2-3 hours removing each embellishment from the packaging and inking the edges in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Some required fussy cutting.  I then spent another 3-4 hours putting the book together.  I took a fair bit of care because I've screwed these kinds of kits up before cutting the wrong way, etc.  It could probably been done in less time.  The inking wasn't strictly required as the edges looked good with a nice clean white as well.  You could easily get this together in 4-5 hours if needed.  A great gift and both mom's have already let me know they have pictures to include in the books.

Thanks for taking this long look with me.  Check out Embellish It!  They have lots of goods and never fail to deliver on quality.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Baby Shower Card

Just popping in on the Fourth of July to wish you all a very happy celebration of the birth of the USA.  I made this simple baby shower card from the scraps/leftovers after completing a mini-album as a gift.  I'll share this a little later as I'm still editing photos.  Here, I simply used leftovers of Simple Stories Hello Baby paper pad.  The patterned paper is from the paper pad and the sentiment tag is also cut from one piece in the paper pad.  This card was for a boy baby who had already arrived (surprise!!!) before the baby shower.  Simple and sweet - just like the entire collection.  There are both boy and girl elements in the paper pad, but the best part is the most of the pad works in either boy and girl, though if you are looking for girly baby stuff, this is not your collection.

A little twine and some epoxy elements and this card made itself.

Wishing you and yours a safe celebration.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Baby Shower Photo Album Spruce Up

Here's another  crafty gift for the baby shower.  I decided that the mom-to-be needed an album and some photos of the event.  I picked up a smaller album and thought I could spruce it up with some of the leftover papers/embellishments from my gift (more on that in another post).  This is the result

I adhered a version of the invitation onto the inside cover of the album so she would always have a keepsake of the day.

I covered the next two pages with cream cardstock so that attendees could write a quick note or just sign their name to the album, a small record of who was there.

Then, throughout the book I used embellishments and strips of matching patterned paper to create vignettes.  The better to flip through an album and look at.

One individual snapped photos throughout the party.  Those were gifted to the mom to be after the event.

I also couldn't help myself and had to dress up the gift bag.  This plain white gift bag was perfectly embellished with a striped border sticker and some elephants. Too cute!  Fun was had by all.  I'm trying to get the pictures of the gift I made edited.  There are quite a few.  More on that in my next post!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beautiful Peacocks

I'm sharing with you today another of Brandy's creations.  This time she was playing around with Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley stamp sets.  This first beauty was embossed with gold embossing powder using the Peacock Swirls stamp.  Ultimately, Brandy colored in this stamp using her Copic markers.  This card front went into the stash to be placed on a card when needed.  Stunning, yes?

The second card front was also gold embossed using the Feathery Peacock stamp.  Once again, colored with Copic markers, this image is also gorgeous.  The picture does not do it justice!

These stamps are so versatile, the stamps create a lovely image and the use of the gold embossing powder really amps the image up a notch.  I'm not sure whether I'll get an image of the final card produced, but if I do I'll be sure to share them with you here.

Thanks for checking us out.  We're always grateful for your kind words of encouragement!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Our Beautiful World - Two

Our Beautiful World is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. They offer a word prompt every Sunday and are generally focused on photos.  However, I find their creative expressions very inspiring and would encourage you to check them out at the link below or join in the fun.  A cute and fun gift is being offered to participants this week.

This week's word prompt is Two.  I immediately thought of the two St. Bernard sisters that have been a part of our lives for the past decade.  We lost Jilly in June of 2014 and were fondly remembering her this month.  Abby is still with us.

Abby is in the forefront of each of these pictures.  Jilly was afraid of the camera and would often run away (see picture above- she's leaving folks!)  We still recall Jilly fondly, but find ourselves doting on Abby.

And this word prompt also reminds me that next month is a milestone for the Millers.  Where Two have always gone to school in the month of July, this year our Katie will go alone as my son Timothy has graduated and will be attending ASU in September.  Ahhh, time passes!

And now it is time for you to head on over to Our Beautiful World to check out what the other ladies have shared.